Video poker is a simple 52-card draw poker game. It's a simple one-player game with you the player playing with a computer dealer.
Video poker, and variants of the game (such as Deuces wild, Jacks wild) are highly popular poker games, and can be played in online and brick and mortar casinos and bingo halls, as well as in unlikely places like gas-stations, cruise ships and in amusement arcades.
How to play Video Poker
Video Poker is "draw poker". The player is dealt a hand, but has the option to discard one or more cards, and to "draw" replacements from the deck to (hopefully)improve their poker hand & score a win which has a high payout in the game payout table
Video Poker is similar to regular 5-card poker, with the only difference - you cannot lose more than your initial bet.
The Goal in Video Poker is to make the strongest poker-hand possible, by discarding cards which don't work well with to make a strong hand which pays big in the video-poker game pay-table.
- Make a bet to start the hand.
- The computer will deal FIVE cards on the table.
- Choose whether to discard any cards from your hand (to possibly improve your chances of hitting a big hand). You have only one opportunity to swap (draw) new cards and remove cards which don't potentially help your hand to improve. You may discard one card or all five cards. Click the "HOLD" button on the cards you wish to retain. Then click the "DRAW" button and the computer will deal the the final card(s) as replacements for your discards.)
- Your strongest possible hand is evaluated according to standard poker hand rankings, and is paid according to the win table displayed in your chosen video poker game
The most rare hand in poker is a Royal Flush - that's Ten, Jack, Queen, King, Ace - all of the same suit. - This hand usually pays the most money in a Video Poker game.
Need to brush up on poker basics? Check out our poker cheat sheet which includes poker hand rankings.
Frequently Asked Questions
The payout of a Royal Flush (the best possible poker hand, followed by a straight flush, then four of a kind) depends on the video poker machine or game pay-table. The pay-table is an on-screen reference on video-poker machines / apps / games, which tells the player how much they will earn (per unit bet) at showdown depending on the strength of their poker hand (e.g. pair, 2 pair, 3 of a kind, etc).
Computer RNGs (random number generators) don't factor in previous results, so for example a machine or video poker game online should not know that it just paid out a royal flush and that it statistically shouldn't pay out another for at least 40,000 more hands.
The odds of getting any give hand on a video poker game are the same regardless of what happened on the hand before.
A random number generator (RNG) is computer software or hardware which cycles through numbers in a specific range, and a rate of a millions of numbers per second. When the deal button on a video poker game is hit, the RNG stops at whichever number it’s on, and deals a card corresponding to the one of the cards remaining in the virtual deck.
Video poker decks generally have 52 cards, unless there is an added wild-card (e.g. in Joker Poker), in which case the deck contains 1 extra card, for a total of 53 cards.
Video poker, on average, returns more to players than slot machines.
The odds of hitting a royal flush (the best possible hand in poker, also know as "the nuts") is 1 in 649,740 - in any 52-card poker game (with no wild-cards).