The rules of video poker are fairly simple compared to many other casino games. First you have to bet before the cards are dealt. Once the cards are dealt you then choose the cards you wish to keep based on what hand you’re trying to build and then discard the cards that are of no use to you. The cards you discard are replaced by new ones (at this point hopefully you’ve hit a winning card combination!) and the winnings are then paid out according to the value of your hand.
The different winning hand combinations in video poker are the same as those for traditional poker. Like all games of chance there is no guaranteed method for winning at this game but it is important to learn some of the strategies of video poker to minimize your chances of losing. Also, whether you are a beginner or not, it can be very useful to practice playing video poker for free on our site in order to learn the ropes and get yourself used to applying the strategies directly.
Due to the fact that there are many different versions of video poker available, this is only one example of a strategy that you can use while playing video poker. The strategy can be adapted accordingly and used on all other versions of video poker.
Strategy: Jacks or Better
Below we’ve created a table that contains strategic advice to help you make the right decision when it comes to improving your chances in the video poker game ‘Jacks or Better’. The data in this table was collated using sophisticated statistical software and it summarizes the basic actions you should take dependent on what hand combinations you are dealt at the time.
You should always go with the decision located at the highest level in the table. For example, you have a small pair lower than a pair of Jacks and two high cards like a King and Queen. After consulting the table we see that even though the pair is lower than 2 Jacks, it ranks higher overall on the table than 2 high cards so in this scenario you would keep the small pair.
|Your Hand||Cards to Keep||Cards to Discard|
|Royal Straight Flush||5||0|
|Four of a Kind||4||1|
|4-card Royal Straight Flush draw||4||1|
|Three of a Kind||3||2|
|4-card Straight Flush Draw||4||1|
|Pair of Jacks or better||2||3|
|3-card Royal Flush Draw||3||2|
|4-card Flush Draw||4||1|
|Pair lower than a pair of Jacks||2||3|
|4-card Straight Draw||4||1|
|3-card Straight Flush Draw||3||2|
|2-card Royal Straight Flush Draw||2||3|
|3 high cards (Jack, Queen, King, Ace)||3||2|
|2 high cards||2||3|
|1 high card||1||4|
|No high card||0||5|