How to Play Video Poker

Video poker gives the feel of a classy casino game. In video poker, you sit in front of a screen where you don’t have to deal with any dealer or other gamblers. You use the machine and its options to make your bet. According to the strategies used, you win or lose the game.

Nowadays, as online casinos are on the rise, video poker can be played online too. It comes much easier than getting ready and waiting in the queue for your chance to get on the screen.

Playing Video Poker

You first need to choose the game you want to play. In video poker, there are many different games from which you can choose any. Most people choose “Jacks or Better” as it offers pretty nice chances of winning, plus it is pretty famous among video poker lovers.

When you are in a casino club, you generally insert the coins in the machine or their membership cards. However, in the online world, you can play as per your deposit. You use this credit to place your bet where you don’t have to put all your money at once.

The maximum of the video poker games is based on a five-card draw where you choose your cards and decline the ones you don’t want. This way, you get five cards of your choice to play with.

People go with video poker because they have the maximum edge here, which means more chances of winning. Your win depends upon your choice of cards; once you know which cards to decline and accept, you win more than half of the game itself.

Players need to understand that you are playing against a machine that performs some fixed algorithms. Hence once you get its tactics, your chances of winning increase dramatically. 

Choosing the Paytable is important too. You shouldn’t go with any random one; choose a Paytable that offers a nearly 100% payout. In this case, you should go with a machine that offers at least 99% of return because that will reduce the house’s edge and keeps it only 0.47%. Don’t go for machines that offer around 97% returns because the house’s edge increases to 2.71%, and your chances of losing increase.

Tip: Stick to “Jack or Better” and avoid wild-card games as they reduce the chances of winning.

The biggest mistake that a player can make is playing the game with just guessing.