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Video Poker Rules

Video Poker is a game based on five card draw poker that is played either on a land based gaming machine or it can be played from a computer at an online casino. There are numerous different versions of this popular card game and the rules are very easy to learn with whichever version you decide to play. However, it would help if you have some kind of knowledge about the many different winning poker hands when playing this game.

The best possible hand in Video Poker is the Royal Flush, which contains an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten of the same suit. If you end up with this hand, you normally win the top prize or in some cases, the progressive jackpot. The next highest valued hand is the Straight Flush. This contains five cards in a row, of the same suit (e.g. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of spades). Then there is four of a kind (e.g. 7, 7, 7, 7).

A full house (or full boat) is when you have three of a kind and a pair in the same hand (e.g. Q, Q, Q and 5, 5). Then there is a flush (e.g. any five cards of the same suit). The next best hand is a straight (e.g. any five consecutive cards in a row). The next hand is three of a kind (e.g. J, J, J) and then there is two pair (e.g. K, K and J, J) and the lowest winning hand is one pair, which in video poker generally has to be a pair of tens or higher.

Try and remember that a high card does not count as a win in in this game. The best thing to do as soon as you launch any version of Video Poker is to take just a few minutes to go through the game's rules.

Video Poker Strategy

One of the best Video Poker strategies to have is to learn the wins and understand the odds before placing any bets. Learning the winning poker hands is the only way to improve your decision making skills, although it's still only luck and randomness if the cards you hope for will actually appear. If for example you have a 10, J, Q and K (of the same suit) in the first hand, plus some other random card, it would be silly not to hold these royal cards in place and discard only the loan card in order to chase the Ace and hopefully make that royal flush.

Start by placing relatively small bets until you become more familiar with the game and then you could even advance to the multihand Video Poker where up to as many as 100 hands can be played per round. You don't necessarily need to be a poker expert to start playing multi-hand video poker. Some of the best video pokers that we recommend checking out include Tens or Better, Aces and Eights, Jacks or Better, All American, Joker Poker and Deuces Wild. These popular video pokers can be found at most reputable online casinos.

Video Poker Resources

Wikipedia.org - Page About Video Poker

WizardofOdds.com - Lots of Great Video Poker Info

Yahoo.com - Directory of Video Poker Sites