Video Poker is a machine-based game found in all casinos. It’s a game based on five draw poker, and it is immensely popular, especially in Latin and North America.
Video Poker was born at the same time that the first computers appeared back in the ’70s. Dale Electronic was the first tech development company to release a Video Poker game called Poker Matic. The real boom came when William “Si” Redd, one of the greatest entrepreneurs in the casino industry, teamed up with other entrepreneurs, giving way to the creation of Sircoma. This company mass-produced and distributed in bulk the then very novel and popular Draw Poker, the first Video Poker machine mass-produced.
What followed the Video Poker fever on all casino floors was the online casino revolution that took place in the second of the 1990s, which made gaming even more accessible by just having an internet connection. Since the early years, the different variations of video poker games found both online and on any casino floor has been expediential based on the popularity and demand for new games in keeping with the same concept.
The rules of Video Poker, in essence, are the same as those of traditional draw poker.
Draw Poker itself was from the beginning of a 5-card game. As in traditional poker, the game starts with a bet. To activate the bet, you must press the “Bet One” button, and each time you do so, you will be doubling your bet, but if you like, you can go straight to the maximum amount by pressing the “Bet Max” button.
After setting the bet, you must press the Deal button to deal the cards, whereas a player you will receive 5, which you have the option change. When you have the cards you want to leave unchanged, you can either touch them (if the machine is touchable) or press the “Hold” button. To end the turn, you must press the “Deal” button again, and if the player has collected a winning combination, there will be a reward. Otherwise, if you do not reach a winning combination, the player will have the option to wager once more.
Winning hand combinations are:
Three of a kind
Pair of jacks
Best Video Poker Payouts
Because there are different variations of Video Poker payouts can differ slightly. Playing five coins per spin increases the payouts with a Royal Flush paying 4000 coins from a five-coin spin. The paytable below is for the Jacks or Better variation of Video Poker.
Variations of Video Poker
Jacks or Better
Perhaps the most popular Video Poker game released to date, Jacks or Better, is based on five-card draw poker and is the most common variation of video poker found. Winning combinations are awarded starting from a pair of jacks, which pays even money, the highest payout being a royal flush. A Royal Flush can payout 4000 times the stake. Jacks or Better is popular and is the foundational concept of all video poker machines.
Tens or better
This variant only differs from Jacks or better, in that the minimum combination is not a pair of jacks but a pair of tens, since Tens or Better has an extra awarding win it pays out less total money than Jacks or Better.
In this variant, Deuces serve as wilds, and they can replace any card with any value according to the desired combination. As well as wild cards being available, players can wager their winning hand to double their payout.
Aces and Faces
The variant in this Video Poker game is that the maximum payout is awarded with a combination of 4 aces or four figures.
This variant is a game that involves 54 cards instead of 52. These two additional cards are jokers that act as wild cards.
Seven wild Video Poker
Similar to the Deuces Wild, where the sevens are wild, as are the dozens in the Deuces Wild.
Bonus Poker is a popular choice of video poker based on the payouts being increased for certain hands of 4 of a kind, Aces being the highest. In turn, there are several Video Poker games derived from Bonus Poker. Such as:
Bonus Poker Deluxe
Double Bonus Poker
Triple Double Bonus Poker
Double Bonus Video Poker
Aces and Eights.
It is one of the less common, although it can be found in some casinos, specifically in terminals built by Game King.
Ultimate X Video Poker
Perhaps one of the most complex Video Poker games because it is multi-handed. Some recommend studying this game before playing it.