Video Poker - How to Play and Win at Jacks or Better

Video Poker is a slot like game, where players attempt to make winning Poker hands. Players are usually dealt 5 cards, and have the option to discard as many as they like. The discarded cards are replaced by new ones and players are paid according to the strength of their final hand.

The choice that players make, which cards to keep and which to discard, means that there is a strong skill element in Video Poker. By making the right decisions players can keep the house edge low; in some versions of Video Poker the player has a small advantage against the house playing perfect strategy!

The most popular variant of the game is Jacks or Better, available in the games listing, where the lowest paying hand is a pair of jacks. However, there are literally hundreds of versions with exciting rule twists to keep the game exciting. For example in ‘wild’ games some cards can take any value you choose, increasing the chance of making a valuable hand with a big pay-out. Another popular Video Poker game is Bally’s All American, with increased pay-outs for straights and flushes, but lower prizes for two pair and full houses.

Some Video Poker games offer the additional feature of a level up game or multi play feature. In these variants players progress to the next level by making paying hands, each level you ascend increases the amount you win. If you choose a multi play game then you can play up to 100 hands at the same time!

Taking the time to practice your game before playing for real money can reap dividends. With proper strategy Video Poker represents the best value for players of all popular casino games. The correct strategy for a game depends on its specific rules and pay table – by practicing in our free to play section you can test out some of the most popular varieties of the game and find your favourite version.

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