Video Poker Rules

If you're not a seasoned poker player, then you may feel more comfortable starting with video poker.  The great thing about video poker is that you don't have to feel intimidated by other people who are sitting at the table, especially if they are more experienced in poker than you.  Video poker allows you to be more comfortable with any mistakes that you may make as well. Additionally, you only have one objective when playing video poker – to get the best-paying hand. This means you don't need to worry about the hands that other players may have, thus reducing your stress level.

When you play video poker, the computer will deal you a five-card hand. You may keep or throw away as many cards as you would like by touching the appropriate button below each card. After choosing the cards you want to throw away, you will then press "deal/draw." New cards replace the cards you threw away. If your new hand has a winning combination, the computer automatically pays you.

There are several different types of video poker games for you can choose. These are typically available on all video poker systems.

Jacks or Better Video Poker
These are the winning hands in Jacks and Better that you want to be dealt in this game.

These hands are ranked from the highest to the lowest:
Royal Flush: This hand must include A, K, Q, J and 10. All cards must be the same suit.  This is the highest hand you can receive in poker.  It is estimated that it occurs every 40,000 hands or so. This hand pays 4,000 coins or more depending on your bet.  If you bet less than 5 coins, you will receive only 250.
Straight Flush: This hand is five consecutive cards of the same suit. For example, 9, 10, J, Q and K.  Pays 50 coins per coin bet.
Four of a Kind: This hand is four cards of the same value, such as 4 tens. This hand pays 4 coins per coin bet.
Full House: This hand is three cards of the same value and two card of another value, such as two Kings and three fives.  This hand pays 9, 8, 7 or 6 coins per coin bet.
Flush: This hand is five cards of the same suit. Cards do not have to be in any particular value order. Pays 6 or 5 coins per coin bet.
Straight: Five consecutive cards in a hand that are not in the same suit. For example, 7, 8, 9, 10 and J, of any suit.  Pays 4 coins per coin bet.  This same sequence with all cards in the same suit would be a straight flush.
Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same value, such as three fives. Pays 2 coins per coin bet.
Pair of Jacks or Better: A pair of Jacks, Queens, Kings or Aces. This is the lowest paying hand as well as the name of the game.  



Deuces Wild Video Poker
The most important rule to remember in this game is that the four two's (or deuces) in this deck can be substituted for any card in the deck. For example, a deuce of clubs can be used as the fifth card to complete a straight flush of spades. Never discard a deuce in this game.
  
   The winning hands for Dueces Wild Poker are as follows, from highest to lowest payout:
Royal Flush without Deuces: A, K, Q, J and 10 of same suit. Pays 4,000 or more coins per coin bet (depends on number of coins bet).
Four Deuces: Four twos in one hand.  Pays 200 coins per coin bet.
Wild Royal Flush: Royal Flush that includes one or more deuces. Pays 25 to 20 coins per coin bet.
Five of a Kind: Any five cards with the same value including one or more deuces.  Pays 16, 15 or 12 coins per coin bet.
The following also apply in this game whether or not the hand includes a deuce:
Straight Flush: This hand is five consecutive cards of the same suit. For example, 9, 10, J, Q and K.  Pays 50 coins per coin bet.
Four of a Kind: This hand is four cards of the same value, such as 4 tens.  This hand pays 5 or 4 coins per coin bet.
Full House: This hand is three cards of the same value and two card of another value, such as two Kings and three fives.  This hand pays 9, 8, 7 or 6 coins per coin bet.
Flush: This hand is five cards of the same suit. Cards do not have to be in any particular value order.  Pays 6 or 5 coins per coin bet.
Straight: Five consecutive cards in a hand that are not in the same suit. For example, 7, 8, 9, 10 and J, of any suit.  Pays 4 coins per coin bet.  This same sequence with all cards in the same suit would be a straight flush.
Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same value, such as three fives.  Pays 2 coins per coin bet.



Jokers Wild Video Poker
Joker's Wild is played with 53 cards instead of 52 (a typical deck of cards). The joker is your wild card in this game and can be used in any way you wish.  This increases your opportunity for winning hands. It is estimated that the joker appears on an average of one out of 10 hands, which makes this game very unique.


The following are winning hands in Jokers Wuild poker and their payouts:
Royal Flush: This hand must include A, K, Q, J and 10.  All cards must be the same suit. This is the highest hand you can receive in poker.  It is estimated that it occurs every 40,000 hands or so.  This hand pays 4,000 coins or more depending on your bet.  If you bet less than 5 coins, you will receive only 400.
Five of a Kind plus Joker: Four cards of the same value with a joker.  Pays 200 coins per coin bet.
Joker Royal Flush: A royal flush with a joker.  Pays 100 coins per coin bet.
Straight Flush: This hand is five consecutive cards of the same suit.  For example, 9, 10, J, Q and K.  Pays 50 or 40 coins per coin bet.
Four of a Kind: This hand is four cards of the same value, such as 4 tens.  This hand pays 20, 17, or 15 coins per coin bet.
Full House: This hand is three cards of the same value and two card of another value, such as two Kings and three fives.  This hand pays 8, 7 or 5 coins per coin bet.
Flush: This hand is five cards of the same suit.  Cards do not have to be in any particular value order.  Pays 5 coins per coin bet.
Straight: Five consecutive cards in a hand that are not in the same suit. For example, 7, 8, 9, 10 and J, of any suit.  Pays 3 coins per coin bet.  This same sequence with all cards in the same suit would be a straight flush.
Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same value, such as three fives. Pays 2 coins per coin bet.
Two Pair or Pair of Kings or Aces: Pays 1 coin per coin bet. This is the lowest paying hand in this game.

Jokers Wild Strategy
Keep two pair only if the full house pays the same as a four of a kind. 
Keep four card flushes
Keep consecutive four card straights
Keep three cards for a straight flush.
Keep any two of the following  K, Q, J, or 10 if they are all the same suit.
If you do not receive any of these hands, draw a complete new five-card hand.



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