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Video Poker

1. How to Play
2. Variations
Strategy
3. Poker Hands
INDIVIDUAL GAME STRATEGIES:
  Jacks or Better 
  Deuces Wild 
  Wild Card Games 
  Non-Wild Card Games 
 
Welcome to the Club Dice Casino
ONE OF THE BEST CASINOS FOR VIDEO POKER
OUR REVIEW
 
  1. HOW TO PLAY VIDEO POKER  
  Some people have the misconception that Video Poker Machines are money eating contraptions. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, some Video Poker Machines have a long-term payout of greater than 100%. Other than card counting in Blackjack, they are the only games in the casino where a player can get a long term advantage over the house.

Players who like to play alone could find Video Poker to be the perfect game with its low house advantages [bottom right] and possible jackpots. Another advantage for the new player is the fact that you control the pace of the game. You can take your time while you are learning the game and then pick up the pace when you’re more comfortable.

Video Poker is often classified as a type of Slot machine, but there are two major differences. First, Video Poker has an element of skill where Slots is a game of luck. Second, you can tell the payout percentage of a Video Poker machine by looking at the pay table, and it is impossible to know what a slot machine’s payout is set to.

Poker is one of the most popular card games in the US. Even if you don’t know how poker hands are ranked, they are easily learned and the payoffs for hands are always printed on the machines.

Video Poker follows the same game play as Five Card Draw Poker. Players are dealt five cards and decide which ones to keep. Players can discard 0 to five cards. After the draw, winning hands are paid out according to the posted payout schedule.

It is important to note that all Video Poker payoffs are on a “for” and not a “to” basis. For example, a pair of Jacks pays 1 for 1 on a Jacks or Better Video Poker machine. This means that your original bet is returned, not doubled — in other words, you break even.

DOUBLING YOUR BET AFTER A WINNING HAND

Some machines and online casinos offer the option of doubling your winnings after you have won a hand. If you decide to do this, the machine will deal five additional cards with the first one face up and the last four face down. The player then picks one of the face down cards. If it is higher in value you double you winnings, if it is of lower value, you lose your winnings. In most cases a tie is a push, but in some cases a tie loses. If you win the double, you are usually allowed to keep doubling.

If a tie is a push, there is no house advantage because your chances of winning are 50/50. If a tie counts as a loss, the house advantage is a very high 5.8%.

Although there is no House Advantage in doubling your winnings, this does not affect the overall long-term payout of a machine. The reason is you cannot double unless you have already won.

Multiple doubling can be tempting but dangerous. Below are the chances of winning consecutive double bets. Keep in mind that the chances of winning a double bet are not affected by previous double wins — if you have won 3 doubles in a row you still have a 50/50 chance to win the fourth double at that point.

Number of Doubles  
Likelihood of winning
One Double
50%
Two Doubles
25%
Three Doubles
12.5%
Four Doubles
6.25%

POKER HAND RANKINGS
FROM HIGHEST TO LOWEST

1 Five-of-a-Kind (w/ wild cards)
2 Royal Flush
3 Straight Flush
4 Four-of-a-Kind
5 Full House
6 Flush
7 Straight
8 Three-of-a-Kind
9 Two Pair
10 Pair
11 High Card

HOUSE ADVANTAGE: A house advantage of 2% means that, on average, the casino will retain 2% of a player’s bet. So, the lower the better. All House Advantages listed on this sited are expressed in terms of average bet amount using the strategy we recommend.

» GLOSSARY
COMPARISON OF THE HOUSE ADVANTAGE FOR POPULAR GAMES (ASSUMING OPTIMAL PLAY, AND FULL-PAY FOR VIDEO POKER MACHINES)

JACKS OR BETTER VIDEO POKER
0.46%

DEUCES WILD VIDEO POKER
-0.75% (0.75% PLAYER ADVANTAGE)

CARIBBEAN STUD POKER
2.6%

PAI-GOW POKER
2.85% or 0.08%

LET-IT-RIDE™ POKER
2.8%

THREE CARD POKER℠
2.01–2.32%

BLACKJACK (COMMON RULESETS)
0.18–0.95%

BACCARAT
1.06%

ROULETTE
2.7–5.26%

 
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  2. VIDEO POKER VARIATIONS  
  Like Slot Machines, Video Poker variations are very common. Jacks or Better and Deuces Wild are the most popular. Other variations come and go (and can be difficult to find). The links below cover pay tables and some strategies for the more popular games.

STRATEGIES AND FULL-PAY PAYOUT TABLES:

» Jacks or Better

» Deuces Wild

FULL-PAY PAYOUT TABLES:

» Wild Card Games
Joker Wild
Loose Deuces
Double Joker Poker
Deuces and Joker Wild
7’s Wild
Jacks or Better with Double Card (Louisiana Double)

» Non-Wild Card Games
Tens or Better
Aces and Eights
Aces and Faces
Bonus Poker
Double Bonus
Triple Bonus
Pick ’Em Poker

COMPARISON OF LONG-TERM PAYBACK FOR VIDEO POKER VARIATIONS (ASSUMING OPTIMAL PLAY)

JACKS OR BETTER
99.54%

DEUCES WILD
100.75%

JOKER WILD
100.6%

DOUBLE JOKER POKER
99.96%

DEUCES AND JOKER WILD
99%

7’S WILD
98.8%

TENS OR BETTER
99.1%

ACES AND FACES
99.85%

BONUS POKER
99.1%

DOUBLE BONUS POKER
100.17%

TRIPLE BONUS POKER
99.8%

PICK ’EM POKER
99.95%

 
1. How to Play
2. Variations
Strategy
3. Poker Hands
INDIVIDUAL GAME STRATEGIES:
  Jacks or Better 
  Deuces Wild 
  Wild Card Games 
  Non-Wild Card Games 
 
  3. POKER HANDS  
 
POKER HAND EXAMPLES, FROM STRONGEST TO WEAKEST



1. FIVE-OF-A-KIND
Only possible with Wild Cards (Jokers or Wild Deuces)



2. ROYAL FLUSH
The highest possible Straight Flush



3. STRAIGHT FLUSH
A Straight with all cards of the same suit



4. FOUR-OF-A-KIND
All 4 of any one card value



5. FULL HOUSE
A 3-of-a-Kind with a Pair



6. FLUSH
All 5 cards of the same suit



7. STRAIGHT
All 5 cards in unbroken sequence



8. THREE-OF-A-KIND
3 cards of equal value



9. TWO PAIR
Two separate Pairs



10. PAIR
Two cards of equal value



11. HIGH CARD
No makeable hand — value is determined by the highest ranked card

VIDEO POKER TERMINOLOGY

Cycle: Predicted average number of hands dealt per jackpot.

Flat Top: A Slot or Video Poker machine whose jackpot is always a fixed amount.

Full Pay Machine: A Video Poker Machine that usually has the best payoff schedule.

Garbage Hand: An initial deal where you discard all 5 cards.

Kicker: A card held with a Pair or 3 of a Kind.

Pat Hand: A hand in Blackjack or Video Poker that the player sticks with.

Payoff Schedule: List on Slot or Video Poker machine denoting winning combinations.

Sequential Royal Flush: A Royal Flush where the cards are displayed in order with the 10 on the left.

» GLOSSARY
 
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ONE OF THE BEST CASINOS FOR VIDEO POKER
OUR REVIEW
 
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