Internet Video Poker

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Video Poker

Internet gambling is, now more than ever, one of the most preeminent industries in the world. Every week there are dozens of online gambling related websites that are appearing. Whether they’re online poker rooms, online casinos, online bingo halls or other types of gambling websites, they’re flourishing in ways that other industries only dream of. There’s no doubt in anybody’s mind that the most wide spread online gambling game in the world right now is poker. Its success is, in part, because of the simplicity of the game (when you learn the basics, such as the play order on the table, the poker hands and the overall feel of the game you can play as good as any other player in some situations), and the accessibility (you can find one form of online poker or another in any online gambling website out there). And, with all the poker types available out there (there are dozens of different variations, such as Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha, 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw and many more), the easiest to learn, the easiest to play and quite possibly the most fun is video poker.

Video poker is the game that has been played in casinos for decades, ever since the mechanical video machines (hence the name, video poker) became more and more wide spread throughout the world. The appeal of video poker is that you aren’t playing against other players (which could present a problem, especially if you’re a beginner), but rather a computer. People prefer playing video poker as much as they do playing slots machines.

Modern video poker has moved to the online world, and the old machines have been replaced with sleek new algorithms that shuffle the cards better than any dealer would. You can practically find video poker being played everywhere: some online poker rooms have a section, and almost every online casino and online bingo hall hold a special video poker section, just so that players can experience the most out of the game. With this much exposure, it’s probably safe to say that video poker is the most played version of poker in the world.

But how do you play video poker? Let’s have a look at the game play. At first, you get to choose the amount that you want to bet. The higher the bet, the higher the sum you stand to win. If you bet 1 credit, you’ll win ten times less than if you’d bet 10 credits. After that, the game begins. You are dealt five cards, and you get to choose which of them you want to keep and which you want to discard (you can either keep all, discard all or all combinations in between). Then, all the cards that you have discarded are replaced and you are dealt new cards instead of those. If you manage to complete a poker hand, you’ll win! Every hand is worth a certain amount of money (or credits), and usually this amount is shown in a large table on the screen. And then the game goes on, you bet again, you’re dealt new cards, and so on. It’s much more of a luck game than, say, Texas Hold ‘em.

However, the poker hands are a bit different from the standard ones, with which you’re probably more accustomed. And, actually, they’re not universal, as there are more types of video poker. Let’s look at some of the most famous types, and the hand order,

- Jacks or Better. The hand ranking is as follows, from smallest to largest: Jacks or Better (a pair of Jacks or higher, Queens, Kings or Aces), Two Pair, Three of a kind (any cards, not just jacks or better), a Straight, a Flush, a Full House, Four of a Kind, Straight Flush, Royal Flush.

- Deuces Wild. In this game, all twos are wild cards, and they can be used to complete as higher hand as possible. Naturally, this means that the completed hands are much larger than the ordinary ones. Here’s the hand ranking (again, from smallest to largest): any Three of the same Kind, a Straight, a Flush, a Full House, Four of a Kind, Straight Flush, Five of a kind (four of a kind + a two, as you’ve probably figured already), Wild Royal Flush (a royal flush containing a two), Four Deuces, and finally a Natural Royal Flush.

- Double bonus. This is somewhat similar to Jacks or Better, and the hand ranking is as follows: Jacks or Better, any Two pairs, any Three of the same Kind, a Straight, a Flush, Full House, Four 5s, 6s and all the way to four kings, Four 2s, 3s or 4s, Four Aces, Straight Flush, Royal Flush.

- the Double Double Bonus. This is another slight variation of Jacks or Better. The hand rankings are: Jacks or Better, any Two Pair, Three of a Kind, a Straight, a Flush, Full House, Four 5s to Ks, Four 2s, 3s or 4s, Four Aces, Four 2s, 3s or 4s with the fifth card being 2, 3 or 4, Four Aces with the fifth card being a 2, 3 or 4, a Straight Flush and a Royal Flush.

You see? Even the more advanced rules of the game are very easy to comprehend, and you can quickly apply them to a real life game. The one rule that you need to remember is that one pair of 2s, 3s and all the way to two Tens is not paid anywhere. If you manage to pull off something higher than that you’ll be okay.

If you choose to start playing online video poker, make sure you do a bit of research on the place you’re playing first. Or, instead of that, try and play on the largest online poker rooms, casinos or bingo halls. This is because video poker has one drawback: it can easily be rigged. In the old days, video poker machines were, indeed, rigged by some casino owners, in order to only pay when they’ve collected more money from the player than they’re giving out. But today, in the larger casinos and online casinos, this is no longer the issue.


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