Objective of the Game
The objective of the game is to get a winning combination of poker hands, the higher the rank of the final hand, the better the payout to the player. Video Poker is a game of draw poker, in which the player is dealt 5 cards face up. The player decides which cards to hold and which cards to discard for the second and final draw.
The strategy and preference for the different variations of this game is really up to the player since each game has its own set of rules and advantages both to the player and the house. Each game is explained in detail in this section.
Playing the Game
Once you have credits in the machine you may wager. You can change the coin value and amount of coins you'll bet per turn. The bet must be placed before you Draw cards, and can't be changed during play. Once you are ready you may press Draw for the initial five cards to come up.
Press the Draw/Deal after a bet is placed to begin the game; or press Draw/Deal to obtain new cards for those cards not held. Your final hand determines whether you win or lose the game.
Once with the cards dealt you as the player decide if you wish to keep any of the cards in your hand. To hold cards push the Hold button under the card(s) you wish to keep or click on the card itself. If you change your mind and no longer wish to keep a selected card push the "Hold" button a second time to cancel. The word "Hold" appears on the cards you've selected.
Press the Bet One button to play 1 coin on the hand; you may press it multiple times until you get the desired amount of coins. Video poker will allow you to bet from one to five coins per turn.
Press the Bet Max button to bet 5 coins on the hand.
This is the coin denomination you wish to play with. The selected coin value being played can be changed anytime between hands or when a play has been concluded.
Coins: displays the amount of coins currently being played.
Balance: shows the amount of money you currently have available in your account.
Paid: displays the amount you were paid on your last hand.
Bet Amount: displays the amount of money currently being played.
Exit Game Button
The exit button closes the game window and returns the player to the lobby. It will not be enabled during a game; however-it will be operational when there is no pending action from the player.
Fast Play Button
The fast-play button allows you to play video poker faster, by skipping the animation part of the game experience. Fast Play will in no way alter the outcome of the game. You can enable or disable this option at any time.
This is a report that will display detailed plays made by the player in case any doubt or reference should be made.
The winning combinations and payout schedules are listed on the payout table attached to the machine on the game screen. (Payout Table shown) The winning combinations are based on poker hands, with some variations depending which video poker machine is used:
Five cards of the same Suit in consecutive order where the Ace is the highest, (10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace), pays 250 times if you bet from 1 to 4 coins and 4000 times if you make a five coin bet. No wild card can be used here.
A hand with Four Deuces pays 200:1 times your stake.
Five cards of the same suit in consecutive order where the Ace must be the highest, Containing One or more Two's as wild cards: (10, Jack, Two, King, Ace for instance), pays 25 times your bet amount.
Five of a Kind
Five cards of the same face value including one wild card or more.
Five cards of the same Suit in consecutive order (8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen of Spades).
Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same face value may include one or more Deuces.
A Full house is when a matching 3-2 card face combination is achieved. For example, two 4's and three 7's.
This is when all five cards have the same suit. No need to have a consecutive order in numbers.
Five consecutive cards but not from the same Suit (8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen).
Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same value (Three 9's for instance).
Video Poker Variations and Payouts
Aces and Eights
In this variation the aim of the player is to get the usual winning poker hands. Also the game offers attractive payouts on four Aces or Eights as well as on four Sevens which are unique to this game. A complete payout scheme is illustrated bellow.
In Deuces Wild you as the player have a big advantage since any Two can be used as a wild card, thus the name of the game Deuces Wild. You can use the Two's to substitute any card or cards you want to in order to pursuit a winning poker hand. Since the player's odds are slightly higher in Deuces Wild, the lowest paying winning hand is a Three of a Kind. The payouts are shown in the image below
Jacks or Better
This version of video poker uses a standard 52 card deck and uses no wild cards. The lowest ranking hand that pays out is a pair of face valued cards (Jacks, Queens , Kings or Aces), thus the name Jacks or Better.
Here a 52 card deck is used plus one Joker that is used as a wild card for any combination. It should be pointed out that in this game a five of a kind pays higher than a Royal Flush using the wild card (Jokers Royal).