How To Play Video Poker


How To Play Video Poker

Video poker was made so that you could get past the learning curve very quickly. You start by basically placing a quarter in the video poker slot and getting credits to start playing the game. Then you just start pressing the deal me button and you are given 5 cards on the screen. You are then given a chance to throw away 1 or more cards depending on if you are satisfied with the initial cards dealt to you. If you have a great hand like 3 of a kind or a full house for example you will probably not ask the video poker dealer to give you any new cards. After you either get new cards or decide not to get any new cards at all the video poker machine then looks at your hand to see if you have a winner or not and if you do, you can either choose to cash out or keep playing video poker with the extra money you have won in the extra credits that the machine has granted you. The basic simplicity of this game is what makes people come back to it that donít need to calculate an opponents hand because in video poker the odds are always fixed at the same rate.

Regulations Of Video Poker

Now that we have a basic understanding of how video poker works we need to understand how the odds are regulated so that we are guaranteed to have a fair game every hand that we play. Video poker game slots that land within a states boundaries are also bound by the states laws that say a video poker machine must a random sequence of cards. Just as a sequence of cards is generated out of a deck of cards for regular poker this must also be verified in video poker. This was originally a Nevada regulation that sated that a video poker game just like a real life poker game must simulate a 52 card deck game. Iím not sure that this also applies to video poker games that are located outside of Nevada and this law might not apply to the many riverboat and Indian gaming casinos that exist today. To stop card counters and really smart mathematicians from learning how to reverse program this sequence newer versions of video poker were created to make this kind of card counting or cheating very difficult to do.

Think about all of this the next time you set out to play video poker outside the state jurisdiction of Nevada. I am personally planning my next trip to Vegas in the summer time, wish me luck folks.

Video Poker Payouts

Video poker payouts are usually very high percentage compared to other games but recently alot of the casinos also now have a video poker progressive jackpot that will pay out a huge sum that keeps growing larger for rare hands that are very hard to get like a royal flush or something like it. The more you play that machine without winning the jackpot, the larger that jackpot becomes. Its a great ploy that keeps people playing so that they could hit the big jackpot of their dreams. Only a few ever hit that big payout but when they do hopefully they will put a good part of that money away and play the rest with the house's money.