How to Begin Playing
Assuming you already know how to play poker as most everyone does.
You start by choosing a denominator. Every platform provides their own options for you to choose from that may include .1 cent (penny), .2 cents, .5 cents, .25 cents, .50 cents, $1 (Dollar), and up.
After selecting your denominator, you will then have the option of choosing how much you would like to bet. Most games have a limit to what you can bet that's usually from 1 to 5 coins, whereas others allow you to bet up to 10 coins, 100 coins, or more.
Now you are ready to start playing. The majority of games have two ways to place your first bet. You can either bet one or more coins at a time by clicking on "Bet" (or "Bet 1") or you can hit the "Bet Max" button to bet the max amount allowed. After that, you can continue betting the same amount by hitting the "Deal" button.
Betting max, by either hitting the "Bet Max" button or betting one coin at a time until you reach the limit, will usually result in your hand being dealt out automatically. Otherwise, if you bet anything under the limit, click "Deal" to begin and 5 cards will be displayed onscreen.
Important Rules to Follow
There are many video poker games available today. Game providers often offer several of them to choose from.
• Straight Video Poker: Jacks or better
• Bonus Poker: Four twos, threes, or fours pay more, but four Aces pays even higher
• Bonus Poker Deluxe: same as bonus poker, but get a two, three, four, or ace with any bonus 4 of a kind and win more.
• Deuces Wild: three of a kind or higher to win and twos can be used as any card needed to win
• Joker's Wild: Basically the same as deuces only pays a little more as there is usually only 1 joker.
While many gaming platforms will automatically hold the best option for you, others won't.
Therefore, in order to proceed, you must hold the cards you want to keep then click "Draw" whereas only those selected will remain and the others will be discarded and replaced with new cards. However, some games are different. Rather than selecting which cards to keep, you will have to choose the cards you want to discard instead and then click "Draw" to replace them. You can choose to keep all your cards or discard all of them.
If you win, your reward will be instantly added to your balance.
Helpful Tips and Game Strategies
Basic video poker pay tables
1 coin bet
• Jacks or Better = 1
• Two Pair = 2
• Three of a kind = 3
• Straight = 4 or 5
• Flush = 6
• Full House = 9
• Four of a kind = 20 or 25
• Straight Flush = 40 or 50
• Royal Straight Flush = 250
5 coins bet
• Jacks or Better = 5
• Two Pair = 5 or 10
• Three of a kind = 15
• Straight = 20 or 25
• Flush = 30 or 35
• Full House = 45
• Four of a kind = 100 or 125
• Straight Flush = 200 or 250
• Royal Straight Flush = 4000
Note the difference between payouts for hitting a Royal with 1 or 5 coins bet.
Each coin doubles your winnings for all hits, except for a Royal. To win the jackpot award for a Royal, you must bet max coins.
You should always go for whatever pays more and here's why..,
You only need 2 more spades for a flush that pays 30 to 35 coins as you have 3 spades, but you also have 2 fours so you only need 1 more for 15 coins and 2 more will give you a four of a kind that pays 100 to 125 coins.
Playing Video Poker For Free
The best thing about playing video poker on a mobile device is most casinos allow you to play for free, which is also fun and exciting.
The main reason why they offer their members this option is usually so they can try out the games before betting real money on them.
Playing for free gives you a chance to learn how to play and get used to the user interface so that you will know where everything is and what things are used for. You wouldn't want to start playing with real money and accidentally hit bet max where the limit is almost all your coins and lose.
Playing Video Poker with Real Money
It's fun to gamble since you have a chance to win, but your chances of losing are higher.
For some, gambling is a problem as it can be addictive.
Winning seems so easy after you win, so some stake back their winnings plus more trying to win again.
Others can't stand to lose so after losing a few bucks, they will continue to gamble trying to win their money back.
This takes all the fun out of gambling. However, if you gamble responsibly by setting limits to what you can afford to lose, then gambling can be loads of fun especially when you win.
History of Playing Video Poker
Since video poker was invented, people have been enjoying playing. Over the years, it has been played by many individuals as a way to escape their hectic lives and just relax with some "me" time. Thus, numerous people have also won a considerable amount of money while playing video poker.
There are also some people who are so good at playing; they actually make a living off playing the game.
Throughout the year's video poker has become very popular and gained many fans. It is a great pastime that you can play for money or for free just to escape reality and enjoy yourself.