Once a player knows the basic rules of Poker the strategy is fairly easy to master. There is a 52 card deck in play with the exception of game variations that include the Joker increasing the deck to 53 or in some cases 54 cards.
Due to player popularity there is a large variety of Video Poker variations available to choose from. Wagering amounts vary greatly depending on the game type. In Jacks or Better most basic form for instance, it’s 5 coins/credits in. Other variations that include special features like Multipliers, Bonus games and multiple hands per game require more coins to activate these features.
Paytables vary greatly depending on which Video Poker game is selected. Below is a comparison of Jacks or Better and Double Double Bonus Poker payouts and available winning hands for each.
Basic Video Poker Strategy
|Royal Flush||All cards||Jackpot hand|
|Straight Flush||All cards||If dealt 4 cards to the Royal Flush consider discarding 5th card|
|Four of a Kind||4 cards discard 1||If a kicker A, 2, 3 or 4 hand is an available payout hold|
|Full House||All cards||If dealt 3 Aces consider discarding 2 cards|
|Flush||All cards||If dealt 4 to a Straight Flush consider discarding 1 card|
|Straight||All cards||If dealt 4 to a Flush consider discarding 1 card|
|Three of a kind||Hold 3 cards|
|Two Pair||Hold 4 cards||If dealt a pair Jacks or better considering discarding 3 cards|
|One Pair||Hold 2 cards|
|High Card||Hold 1 card||If dealt one Jack or better hold - otherwise discard all|
Because there is no fool-proof way to win at gambling, it is important to learn a few of the strategies in order to minimize the chances of losing. Playing any game for free is one way to become familiar with any game, and there are many sites that offer free video poker.
Due to the fact that there are so many versions of video poker available, these are only 2 examples of video poker variations’ strategies. These strategies can be adapted to all other versions of video poker.
Jacks or Better & Double Double Bonus Video Poker Strategy
|Hand||Card Combination||Jacks or Better Payout*||Double Double Bonus Payout*|
|Royal Flush||A-K-Q-J-10 Same suit any order||4,000||4,000|
|Straight Flush||5 cards in sequence - same suit||250||250|
|Four Aces with kicker||4 aces with any 2,3 or 4||not available||2,000|
|Four Aces||4 of a kind Aces||not available||800|
|Four - twos, threes or fours with kicker||4 of kind with A, 2, 3 or 4||not available||800|
|Four - twos, threes or fours||4 2s, 3s or 4s||not available||400|
|Four of a kind||4 of kind any card ranking||125||125|
|Four of a a kind 5 thru K||4 of a kind ranking 5 thru King||not available||250|
|Full House||Any 3 of a kind and 2 of a kind||45||35|
|Flush||5 cards any sequence same suit||30||25|
|Straight||5 cards in sequence any suit||20||20|
|Three of a kind||3 cards of the same rank||15||15|
|Two Pair||2 sets of cards same rank||10||5|
|One Pair Jacks or better||2 cards ranked Js or better||5||5|
*Based on max bet and IGT Game King Paytable.
Here is how you should use these strategies. Match your hand to the highest in the list and play that strategy.
These strategies are abbreviated for ease of use. A more complete strategy would provide additional options. For instance, you have a 3 card royal with a pair of kings. A complete strategy would need to differentiate that from a 3 card royal with no pairs.