Video poker rules

The basic rules of Video Poker are pretty simple and it is a game that offers a very slim (around 0.5%) house edge if played optimally.

The machine deals a five card hand. You may keep or throw away as many cards as you like by activating the appropriate button underneath every card. After selecting the card(s) you want to hold or discard, press on “deal/draw.” The cards you didn’t want to hold are replaced with new cards. If the new hand contains a winning combination, you win whatever amount that hand is paying. Since the game is played on a machine, your only objective is to get the best-paying hand.

There are many versions of video poker game offered by both terrestrial and online casinos. One of the better known versions is Jacks or Better Video Poker, which offers the following payouts:

Coins
bet
1 2 3 4 5
Royal
Flush
250 500 750 1000 4000
to 5000
Straight
Flush
50 100 150 200 250
4
of a kind
20 40 60 80 100
Full
House
7 14 21 28 35
Flush 5 10 15 20 25
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
3
of a kind
3 6 9 12 15
2
pair
2 4 6 8 10
Jacks
or better pair
1 2 3 4 5

 

Notice that the five coin payout for a royal flush will vary from machine to machine – so pick a machine that pays well. Notice also that the 5 coin payout for a royal flush is considerably more that 250 per coin – making the 5 coin bet your best bet.