Video Poker PayTables

by Gayle Mitchell

This first lesson explains Video Poker PayTables or Pay Schedules at Learn to Play Video Poker program.
Combine the game of poker with a slot machine and you have the excitement of Video Poker.
For players who are looking for an advantage in the casino, this is the beginning of your how-to VP education. The lesson includes poker rankings, video poker paytables and descriptions of VP versions .

We begin our how-to journey with poker hand rankings in order from the highest to lowest. 
Royal Flush, Straight flush (consecutive order, all same suit), Four of a kind, Full house (3 of a kind, and a pair), Flush (all same suit, no consecutive order), Straight (consecutive order, not all same suit), Three of a kind, Two pair and One pair.  

Video Poker PayTables:
Video Poker payouts are listed on the paytable at each machine.
The paytable shows how much you will win when you hit a certain hand with a single coin or any number of coins up to the maximum, which offer the largest payoffs possible. 

If you bet 5 coins, all winning hands are paid out multiplied by a factor of 5, except for the Royal Flush. This is a bonus amount designed as an incentive to play five coins.
All those players who play less than maximum coins are setting up the best payoffs for those who do.  

Below is an example of a VP pay schedule for 9/6 Jacks or Better with the value of max coin return.
9/6, noted in bold below refers to a 9 coin return for a full-house when betting one-coin and 6 coin return for a flush. Therefore, max coin return of 45 and 30 respectively.

Pay Schedule: Jacks or Better VP 9/6
Pair--Jacks or Better
Two pair (2 PR)
Three-of-a-kind (3/kind)
Straight (ST)
Flush (FL)=6
Full House (FH)=9
Four-of-a-kind (any)
Straight Flush (SF)
Royal Flush (RF)

max coin return
5 coins
10 coins
15 coins
20 coins
30 coins
45 coins
125 coins
250 coins
4000 coins

Every VP player should know:  1) how to read video poker paytables and 2) strategies for all the VP types/games.   

Descriptions of Video Poker Paytables:
9/5 Deuces Wild
7/5 Jokers Wild
10/7 Double Bonus--2 pair pays 1
Pick ‘Em Poker--pair of 9’s+ min. payout
9/6 Jacks+--2 pair pays 2
8/5 Bonus Jacks+--2 pair pays 2, Four Aces pays 400
9/6 Double Double Bonus--4 Aces with 2, 3 or 4 pays 2000    

The first two numbers reflect the payouts for a full house and flush as per one coin payout.
Therefore, a 10/7 Double Bonus VP version would pay 10 coins for a full house and 7 coins for a flush for a one coin bet.

The exception being for Deuces Wild version which reflect the payouts for a straight flush and 4 of a kind as per one coin payout. The minimum payout for Deuces games is 3-of-a-kind.

In addition, because Bonus VP versions offer higher payouts for four aces and four 2’s, 3’s and 4’s, the pair and two pair payouts are often the same--1 coin.
Video Poker versions that pay 2 for 2 pair are Jacks+ and Bonus Jacks+ in the guide above.

May all your VP choices turn out to be ‘Royalty’.

Video Poker PayTables is followed by VP Versions: Bonus Explained
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Super Jackpot is a progressive jackpot version of traditional Jacks or Better video poker.  Players receive five cards face up from a standard 52-card deck that is reshuffled after each hand. 
No wild cards are used to make winning combinations.
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