Video Poker Tips
Fast Track Gambling Tips

Video Poker Tips includes paytables, betting, strategies and lingo.
Video Poker Tips is a fast track gambling tips lesson for casino games and can be printed for your next casino visit online or off.

1) Learn how to read pay tables to understand the difference between full-pay and short-pay Video Poker versions.
Pay tables: VP payouts are listed on the schedule at each machine. The schedule 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, (usually 5) 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 maximum coins.

2)  Examples of VP Versions:
9/5 Deuces Wild
7/5 Jokers Wild
10/7 Double Bonus--2 pair pays 1
Pick ‘Em Poker--pair of 9’s or better is the minimum payout
9/6 Jacks or Better--2 pair pays 2
8/5 Bonus Jacks or Better--2 pair pays 2, Four Aces pays 400
9/6 Double Double Bonus--4 Aces with 2, 3 or 4 pays 2000 
3) 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.
VP versions that pay 2 for 2 pair are Jacks+ and Bonus Jacks+ in the guide above.

4) Learn optimum strategy for each VP version, before you play.
Strategies for 3 of the most popular VP versions follow: 

5) Jacks or Better (Jacks+) Video Poker Tips
Maximum coin pays winning hands multiplied by a factor of 5, except Royal Flush (4000) which is an incentive to always play maximum coins each hand.
20% of hands dealt will be paying hands. 3% of the time, you will toss all five cards.

  • The ace is not the most important card. A jack, queen or king will also return your bet when paired.  
  • Never keep a kicker — that’s an additional face card — with any pair.  To do so reduces your return by 5%. Let that pair stand and draw 3 cards.  
  • Don’t break a flush even if you can draw one to a straight flush. However, always break a flush to draw one card to a royal flush. 
  •  If you have four cards in succession for a straight, draw one card.  
  • If all your cards are 10 or under with no possibility in sight for a winner, it’s best to opt for five new cards.                               

6) Deuces Wild Video Poker Tips
There is a generous payout for a secondary jackpot of 4 Deuces.
Approximately every 5000 hands=4 Deuces. Almost 20% of the time, you will throw away all five cards.

  • Don’t hold two pair as minimum payout is 3 of a kind. One pair only held.
  • Never hold one card only, except a Deuce.
  • Never hold two cards unless pair or 2-card royal draw, but not AK.
  • Never hold just one other card with one, two or three Deuces.
  • If there are no Deuces: draw to an inside Royal or Straight Flush because of the wild card possibility.
  • Jack to 7 offers the best straight or straight flush potential.
  • Play Double or Loose Deuces versions where secondary jackpot of 4 Deuces pays double. Strategy change: hold three Deuces alone.

Deuces Wild is a 'roller coaster ride' of a game. Bankroll fluctuations are expected.

7) Jokers Wild Video Poker Tips     
Fifty-three card deck to include one Joker on the standard version.
  • Go for a Straight Flush when possible for the higher return with a wild card.
  • Break up 3 of a kind for any 4-card Straight Flush.
  • Hold a lower pair instead of trying for an inside Straight. Although this is a wild card game, the pay for Straights has been reduced from 4 to 3.

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Video Poker Online: 2 Ways Royal
Like other versions of video poker, the object of 2 Ways Royal is to receive a five-card poker hand that contains a winning combination.
The most notable difference however, is that the game offers a “Lo Royal Flush”—a combination of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 of the same suit—that pays the same as the traditional or “Hi Royal Flush”-- 10, J, Q, K, A of the same suit.

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