The Video Poker Machine
Five-card draw poker is the basis for most video poker machines currently in use. Seven-card stud machines have been proposed, and a few five-card stud machines are already in operation. However, five-card draw and Jacks or Better are the two most common game variants.
Payoffs are strictly based on a paytable displayed on the machine, with no way to beat the dealer’s or another player’s hand. A pair of jacks or better is the lowest winning hand (a couple of queens, kings, or aces).
It’s possible to see the cards being dealt on a TV screen in each machine. When a player wins, their winnings are usually displayed on a metre on the video screen, which they can then cash out at any moment. Depending on the machine, the paytable may be displayed on the net or painted on its glass.
As you look down, you’ll see a bill-validating console. Credits are shown on the screen when players deposit money. There are buttons marked “Cash Out,” “Bet One Credit,” “Hold/Cancel,” and “Deal/Draw” on the left; “Hold/Cancel” and “Bet Max” on the centre, and “Deal/Draw” and “Bet Max.”
Bets and deals are made by pressing a button. It’s common to find machines that can accept up to five coins or credits at once. When the player presses the Bet Max button, the computer deducts five credits from their account and then deals the hand.
Five cards are dealt face-up on the screen once you’ve placed your wager. Any or all of the cards can be kept or discarded. Press the Hold/Cancel button for the card you want to hold. You can cancel the hold decision by pressing the same button again.
You press the Deal/Draw button once you’ve made all of your hold decisions. A new deck of cards will then be drawn to replace the previously discarded ones. The final hand is made up of these five cards. You can see how much money you’ve won by looking at the table and seeing how much credit you’ve accrued.
Video Poker Tips and Tricks.
A few easy rules for keeping or discarding the first five cards dealt with you in video poker will help you increase your chances of winning.
Always have a royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, full house, three of a kind, or two pairs in your hand simultaneously. Instead of keeping the remaining two cards, discard them for the possibility of four of a kind while still allowing for full houses to be possible. If you have two pairs, you can also toss the fifth card for the opportunity at a full home while still keeping the remaining two cards.
When you have four cards to a royal flush, break up a flush or a straight. You should discard the 9 to increase your chances of winning large with the ten clubs when you hold ace-king-queen-jack-9. A flush, straight, or better with any other 10 is still possible, as well as a pair of jacks or better with any ace.