How to Read a Video Poker Payout Table - example
To explain how to read a video poker pay table let’s consider the pay table of Jacks or Better. The ranking of qualifying hands starts with a pair of Jacks or better that pays min 1 and max 5 coins. The next hand is two pair, followed by three of a kind, straight, flush, full house and four of a kind. The highest paying hands are straight flush and royal flush. The pay table show you how much you will be paid for a particular ranking hand based on the number of coins you have bet. You can bet a minimum of one coin and a maximum of 5 coins. Royal flush at max coin bet pays out amazing 4,000 coins. A full play or favorable pay table in Jacks or Better is the one that pay out 6x for a flush and 9x for a full house. Full play doesn’t mean that the game can be beaten, but it means that the game has rules that favor the player.
Video Poker FAQ
What are the odds of getting various video poker ranking hands?
Generally speaking, the odds of getting a flush are better than those of getting a royal flush which is the highest ranked hand in video poker. On average the odds of flush are one in 85, while the odds of getting full house are 1/90. A straight flush has 1/9,150 odds, while royal flush dealt has 1/650,000 on average. The odds also vary in improving or completing certain ranking hands. For example, the chances of turning one pair into two pairs are 1/6, while the chances of drawing one card to complete a flush are 1/5. The chances of drawing one card to make a royal flush are 1/47. If you know the odds of getting particular ranking hands you can device a better playing strategy.
Is there suitable video poker strategy?
Video poker is based on both luck and skills, so if you want to improve your winning chances it is good to know suitable video poker strategy. This way you will know exactly which card(s) to hold in a given situation. For example, the most desirable hand in video poker is flush which pays 6 to 1. But the flush shouldn’t be broken in order to make a straight flush which pays 50 to 1 and has worse odds. Instead, break a flush if you want to complete a royal flush which pays out the highest.
Is there a gamble feature in video poker?
There are video poker games that have gamble feature which is activated at the end of a winning hand. This feature is a double or nothing game where you can double your win amount or lose it by trying to correctly guess whether the drawn card will be red or black. The gamble feature in video poker is optional.
Can I get an advantage over the casino in video poker?
Yes you can, but only if you pick a video poker game with full play or favorable rules and pay table and use suitable strategy. For example, if you play full play Deuces Wild and use optimal strategy for this game, the house edge is 0.76%.
Can I play video poker with welcome bonus?
This depends on the casino and its welcome bonus offer. In general, casinos offer welcome bonuses you can use to play video poker, but the game contributes a smaller percentage toward meeting the wagering requirement. Some casinos may also offer video poker-only welcome bonuses so you can freely use the bonus cash to play your favorite video poker game.