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Enjoy over 60 Casino GamesVideo poker is known to be different than any other game in the casino, for one mighty good reason. On the right machine (say, a full pay deuces wild box) with the right strategy (say, the right strategy card to work from) the player can achieve a house edge that actually goes below 0%. Which of course means it is now a player's edge. So in effect, playing video poker perfectly on the right machine can turn you into a long-term winner. No other casino game that exists offers a house edge below 0%.

Video Poker is based loosely on five-card draw poker. In effect, video poker rules revolve around the basics of poker play, but instead of playing against other players, you're playing against a computer. The only true artifact that relates video poker and classic poker is the ranking of poker hands, which occur in each game the same way - based on traditional poker rules.

If you're interested in learning the 'rules' associated with expert play, then what you're truly interested in is video poker strategy, and you should visit our page dedicated to just that. If you're just looking for the basics, and some good pointers, keep on reading!

Video poker is like draw poker. Each player (ok, it's just you) is dealt five cards, and they are given to option of keep as many as they wish, or discarding as many as they wish. Any cards that are discarded are replaced with new random ones. If this second hand achieves a winning poker hand, you get paid. The specific details for proper video poker strategy rely on the style of game you're playing. Jacks or Better for instance pay's gives back what you put into the machine if your hand has a pair at least a pair of jacks.

ROYAL FLUSH
The highest ranking hand possible. All five cards are in both sequence and common suit. Example: A(hearts), K(hearts), Q(hearts), J(hearts), 10(hearts)
STRAIGHT FLUSH
Five cards both in sequence and common suit. Example: 10(diamonds), 9(diamonds), 8(diamonds), 7(diamonds), 6(diamonds)
FOUR OF A KIND
Four cards of the same rank. Example: 5(clubs), 5(hearts), 5(spades), 5(diamonds)
FULL HOUSE
Three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank. Example: K(clubs), K(diamonds), K(hearts), 4(spades), 4(clubs)
FLUSH
Five cards of same suit. Example: K(diamonds), J(diamonds), 9(diamonds), 6(diamonds), 3(diamonds), 2(diamonds)
STRAIGHT
Five cards in sequence ( Aces are used as high only ) Example: A(clubs), K(diamonds), Q(clubs), J(hearts), 10(spades)
THREE OF A KIND
Three cards of same rank. Example: 9(clubs), 9(diamonds), 9(hearts), A(spades), 8(clubs)
TWO PAIR
Two groups of two cards of same rank. Example: 4(clubs), 4(diamonds), J(hearts), J(spades), A(clubs)
JACKS OR BETTER
Two cards (Jacks or better) of the same rank Example: 8(clubs), 4(diamonds), J(hearts), J(spades), A(clubs)

The process by which you learn video poker strategy revolves around knowing which cards to hold on to, and which cards to get rid of. These decisions have been worked out ahead of time by mathematicians (finally, something useful from math), and are sometimes referred to somewhat incorrectly as video poker rules specific to a certain game.

Some basic notes to help your brain see the differences between video poker from regular poker:
In Video Poker there is no dealer who represents the house. There is only a machine, which has no interest in beating you. There are no other players, so there are no other player's hands you need to try and figure out. Additionally, this means that you do not run the risk of being beaten by another player. If you have a strong hand, you win. Oh, and you can't bluff (besides, machines aren't so easily fooled by that long practiced poker face that tricks your friends on Fridays).



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