There are a number of different strategies for playing video poker, but above all, patience is critical to success. Ideally, the user will employ a budget that will maximize the amount of hands played.
There are a number of different strategies for playing video poker, but above all, patience is critical to success. Ideally, the user will employ a budget that will maximize the amount of hands played. It’s very rare to hit a jackpot right out of the gate, so this strategy is best for increasing odds.
The bet per hand should be decided based on both available budget and current win rate. If the game seems to be having more success, then an increase in bet can be utilized to maximize winnings. Conversely, if the cards are dead, then bet down until more favorable hands start appearing.
Many poker variants allow the user to enter a bonus round. Some games also reward specific hands with boosted payouts. These games can be both good and bad, depending on the circumstances. Individual bonuses are worth playing for, but the user must also be aware of the fact that those types of games typically have a reduced pay structure for lesser hands. For example, a game that features a bonus for a four-of-a-kind might have a reduced payout for things like three-of-a-kind, straights and flushes to compensate for the strength of bonus.
There are many different games to choose from when playing video poker. Standard machines usually feature: Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Bonus Poker, Flush Fever, and Joker Poker.
Jacks or Better is a standard poker variant that awards payouts starting at a pair of jacks, thus the name Jacks or Better. This game gives even money for hands like JJ, QQ, KK, and AA, but starts to award two-to-one payouts starting with three of a kind hands. For a video poker novice, this game is the best introduction as it features no bonuses or wilds.
Deuces Wild is a game in which every 2 is a wild card, meaning it can be substituted for any other card in the deck. Because of this, the payout for smaller hands is greatly diminished. The first paying hand in Deuces Wild is a three of a kind, which only pays out 1-1, or even money. This game is very much top-loaded, as the possibilities for premium hands are greatly increased due to the amount of available wilds. This game also awards a jackpot for achieving a Four of a Kind with twos.
Typically this jackpot is greater than or equal to the award for a Royal Flush, which is the rarest and thus the most profitable hand.
Bonus Poker, Flush Fever, and Joker Poker are different variants on the same game. In Joker Poker, there is one wild card randomly mixed into the deck. Flush Fever awards a bonus round for completing a Flush, which is a hand of all the same suit. Bonus Poker is a variant that has an increased pay structure for four of a kind hand.