Video Poker Rules and Scoring
To new players, video poker looks like traditional poker using a mechanism of Australian pokies. Like a slot machine, each hand needs a new bet and the payout depends on the size of the bet – and how good the hand is. The name Video Poker arises because hands are displayed on a screen and the player bets against the machine. It is a game that combines skill, strategy and an element of luck and surprise.
Because the game is played online at any of casinos in the online casinos list, the objective of video poker game is to get the best card hand. The player places a bet and then the video poker machine deals 5 cards (out of a traditional 52-card deck). The ranking of hands is exactly the same as in normal table poker.
Once dealt, players can chose which cards to keep by pressing the HOLD button. Once satisfied, the player presses DEAL/DRAW and discarded cards are replaced. When you get your new hand, it is evaluated and depending on the type of hand you’ve got, points are awarded and a tally is kept.
Here are the rankings and full descriptions of hand scores from the highest, a Royal Flush, through to the lowest, a Pair.
Video Poker Hands
Royal Flush - the ultimate hand, containing a 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace all of theidenticalsuit.
Straight Flush - video poker hand where five cards must be consecutive and of the identicalsuit.
Four of a Kind - four cards in different suits but the identicalvalue.
Full House - three cards with the same value and a pair.
Flush - any five cards of different value and in any sequence, but of the identicalsuit.
Straight - five cards of different suits in a sequence.
Three of a Kind - video poker hand where three cards are of identical value.
Two Pair - two pairs of the cards in video poker hand.
Pair - two cards of the same value in the hand.
How to Play Video Poker
Just like in any other game, the casino etiquette rules and betting systems for video poker are special. Learn the easy steps of playing video poker to understand the whole process of the game.
- Decide on your bet and deposit coins – you cannot change your bet once the game starts.
- Pressthe DRAW/DEAL button to receive your five cards – this is your initial hand.
- Decide which cards to hold. Press HOLD to keep the card or you can press on the actual card.
- Pushing the DRAW/DEAL will give you replacement cards to complete your hand.
- You are awarded points for a winning hand and you are ready for a new game.
Our user guide shows you how easy it is to play video poker