Online Video Poker

Among the mainstream card games in casinos, poker has always prevailed as the finest games in casino history. It involves bets, individual pay, the winner is determined by card ranks and combinations; it’s the perfect mixture.

Just Aussie Casinos takes this opportunity to introduce Video Poker, which finely resembles the game of poker in a slot format. This game takes the fun and entertainment element of a pokie machine and mixes it with the high standards of a poker game to deliver one of the oldest and best known casino games today.

Welcome to the Video Poker guide at Just Aussie Casinos. Video Poker is one of the few online casino games where practice and some keen choices can enable you to become a casino champ.

  • Video Poker History
  • Hand rankings in Video Poker
  • How to play Video Poker
  • Most popular Video Poker Variations

Video Poker is amongst the most prevalent games among Australian players in light of the fact that it’s easy to understand and play and delivers top quality entertainment. Although it derives the basic format of table poker, it’s a much simpler game. We hope that after reading our video poker guide, you will be able to play video poker in your favourite Aussie casino.

Video Poker History

When it goes back to history, slot machines and video poker machines have a similar story. Many researchers still believe that one of the games to be the branch of another, although it is still not definite which came first.

In the extent to which we can follow history, Si Redd had the patent for Video poker in which he built SIRCOMA (Si Redd’s Coin Machines) and presented Draw Poker in 1979. Draw Poker is the first known Video Poker offering all the basic video poker characteristics we know today.

Now there are several types of video poker machines with varied payout tables, each with their unique flair and fan base. Interestingly enough, even after a quarter of a century after its first version, Jacks or Better remains the most played and loved video poker in casinos everywhere.

Hand rankings in Video Poker

If you are familiar to table poker, it might come as a pleasant surprise that video poker follows a similar card hand rankings as table poker. However, we understand that many players do not follow poker therefore we list out all the card combination and hand ranking (starting from the highest paying combination) of a standard game of Video Poker. There are some variations in which the combinations may be altered but the most common ranking is as below.

Royal Flush – The best possible hand combination. Consists of 10, J Q, K and Ace of a single suit.

Straight Flush – 5 consecutive cards with the highest possible card as a King of the same suit

Four of a Kind – 4 cards of the same value

Full House – Thee of a kind with a pair

Flush – All 5 cards of the same suit

Straight – 5 consecutive card with mixed suits

Three of a Kind – Three cards of the same face value

Two Pairs – Two sets of pairs with the same value

Jacks or Better – The lowest ranking card combination in Video Poker. A single pair of cards with value Jacks, Queen, King or Ace.

How to Play Video Poker

Video poker interfaces are by and large the same regardless to where you play or what variation you play. The interface is similar to a slot machine and the symbols are the cards and the navigation bar is at the bottom. While it follows the hand combination of a table poker game, the main distinction is that you are playing against the house and you can’t lose more than your initial wager.

The game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards but there are a few variations that add a joker nonetheless, it is an addition to the 52 cards that we’re all familiar with.

The main objective would be to have the highest possible card combination as your final 5 card hand.

Steps to Playing Video Poker

  • Select a suitable bet amount from the navigation bar. You may bet up to 5 coins by clicking on the paytable on the top.
  • Click Deal and you will be dealt 5 cards.
  • Keeping the objective in mind, you can hold the cards you want to keep by clicking on them and discard the others. You are allowed to hold all 5 cards if you wish or discard them all.
  • After holding all the required cards, click ‘Draw’ and the discarded cards will be replaced by a new set of cards. Online Video Poker games generally hold cards automatically keeping your best interest in mind but you can change their decision by clicking on the held cards and discarding them.
  • The game might require you to collect you winnings if your final combination is Jacks or Better or a higher combination. A common feature in online video pokers is ‘Double Up’ which is a bonus feature and is explained below.

Video Poker Payouts

Depending on your final 5 card hand, the game will pay you on the basis of the paytable shown on the top of the gameplay screen. The higher the combination, the more you win. The numbers shown on the paytable is the number of coins you win if you get that respective card combination.

IMAGE OF A WIN

For example, if you inserted 4 coins in total, each with a value of a dollar and you get a straight as your final hand, you win 16 coins of a dollar each.

Double Up/Gamble Feature

Most online video pokers nowadays offer a Double Up option, also known as a gamble feature which is only enabled after a winning hand. In this feature, after you’ve won, you can click the ‘Double’ button, generally shown next to ‘Collect’ button on the navigation bar.

After choosing to Double Up, you bet your win amount and you will be taken to a second screen. 5 cards will be displayed among which the first one is face up; all you have to do is click on one of the other four hidden cards and guess which has a higher value than the one faced upward. You win amount will double if you choose a higher value card, however, keep in mind that you will lose the amount you just won if you unveil a lower value card.

Most Popular Video Poker variations

Video Poker probably has the highest variations among card games found in online casinos. It is smart to learn about the most popular ones so you can pick a game that suits you and your gameplay. Additional features in the game, for example, introduction of joker cards, differences in payouts etc. all make each variation unique and good in its own way.

The gameplay rules that we have explained above apply to all of them and below we explain the top 5 video poker games in terms of popularity and their differences.

(Please note that we are comparing each type of video poker to Jacks or Better which is a standard video poker game)

Jacks or Better: Jacks or better is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Players can play up to 5 coins and the maximum payout is 4000 coins for a Royal Flush. The lowest card ranking for a payout is Jacks or Better.

Deuces Wild Poker: Deuces Wild is played with a standard deck of 52 cards among which all the card values of ‘2’ are wild card meaning they will substitute for any other card to create a winning hand combination. Players can play up to 5 coins and the maximum payout is 5000 coins for a Natural Royal Flush (a royal flush made from 10, J, Q, K and Ace). The lowest card ranking for a payout is 3 of a kind.

Aces and Eights: Aces and Eights is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Players can play up to 5 coins and the maximum payout is 4000 coins for a Royal Flush. The lowest card ranking for a payout is Jacks or Better. The payout table is what makes this variation unique as players can find high payouts for the combinations Four of a Kind (Aces of Eights), Four of a kind (Sevens), Four of a Kind (Others) in comparison to other variations.

Bonus Poker: Bonus Poker is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Players can play up to 5 coins and the maximum payout is 4000 coins for a Royal Flush. The lowest card ranking for a payout is Jacks or Better. The bonus part comes in on the pay table where high payouts are paid for 4 of a Kind (aces), 4 of a kind (2’s, 3’s and 4’s) and 4 of a kind (5’s to K’s) combination.

Tens or Better: Tens or better is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Players can play up to 5 coins and the maximum payout is 4000 coins for a Royal Flush. The lowest card ranking for a payout is Tens or Better.