to Play Video Poker
Poker is what you get if you cross Stud Poker with a slot machine and throw in a
few wild cards. It's fast, almost like playing Stud, and you've got a huge range
of options. You can choose Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, All American, Joker
Poker or a number of other variations. Each game has its own personality and
rewards a particular kind of play.
the machines let you play anything from 1 through 5 coins, with the payoffs
improving at the high end of the scale. So if you know your Poker hands and take
the time to learn your game, Video Poker can be fast, fun, and rewarding.
Poker salts should keep in mind that each game has its own strategy. All
American, for example, pays better than the others on straights and flushes, so
that will effect your approach to card selection. When I first started playing
Video Poker, I thought it would be a lonely hearts version of the real thing.
Not so. The games do indeed have their own individual winning strategies, and
taking the time to learn your game means better payoffs.
with all forms of Poker. the player aims to get the best hand possible. The
payoffs are marked right on the face of the Video Poker machine so it's a fast
lesson in what the hand ranks are. All Video Poker variations rank hands the
same, though a given variation may add an extra rank or two.
you would expect from a slots version of Poker, betting is pretty
straightforward in Video Poker. On any given machine you can typically choose
$0.25, $0.50, $1, or $5 games. And the bets are 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, or 5x (Max Bet)
whichever game you're playing. So if you're playing a $1 game, you can place
bets of $1, $2, $3, $4, or $5.
first thing to note is that the game face shows you the payoff for each betting
level. Invariably playing Max Bet pays off better, overall, than any of the
lower multiples. Smart players pick the betting level they are comfortable with
and choose their game accordingly.
other words, if you're comfortable with a $5 bet, then pick a $1 machine and
play at Max Bet for $5. If $25 bets are more your speed, pick a $5 game because
Max Bet (5x) puts you at the $25 level. In either case, you're getting the best
payoff odds you can for that game. This is similar to Slots strategy.
of key importance is the fact that the payoff ratios vary from game to game.
Where Jacks or Better may pay 25:1 for Four Of A Kind, All American typically
pays 30:1 and Joker Poker only pays 20:1. These ratios do not necessarily
reflect the true odds, so again, knowing your game helps you play smarter.