How to Play Video Poker

Video poker can be classified as an arcade game.  It is usually played on a computerized console that is quite similar to a slot machine.  Video poker, just like common poker, comes with different variants.  Some of the most popular variants are Deuce Wild, Joker’s wild, Tens or Better and Jacks or Better.  Today video poker games are available online and you don’t have to visit a casino or game arcade to indulge in your favorite game.

In majority of the online casinos, all the video poker games are the variants of five card draw poker.  Some of the casinos and poker sites are also providing Seven Card Stud based games. Majority of the players who opt for video poker instead of classic poker games do so for the following reasons.

  • There is no dealer or other players to compete against.
  • There is no requirement of other players to start playing.
  • You don’t have to rush and can play at your own pace.
  • Ease of availability.
  • Easy to play.

Video Poker Machine or Screen

Video poker machine consists of a video screen.  Instead of actual cards, images of cards are dealt on this screen.  All the winnings of a player are compiled and can be cashed out at the end of the game.  Credits along with a pay table are present on the screen to help the player.  There is a console under the screen with a bill validating slot.  Player slides the currency in this slot and the credits are transferred on the screen.  On the left side of the console are the buttons which can be used for cash out and to bet one credit.  At the center of the console there are five buttons used for hold, cancel, deal, draw and to bet max.

In the online version of the video poker, all of the functions of video poker machine are present.  There is no validating machine.  All the credits are transferred from the cash deposit of player’s account at the casino.

Learning the Rules of Video Poker

Even though playing online version of the video poker is quite same as that of regular poker, but there are some variants of this game which come with different set of rules.  In order to avoid any surprises it is always better that you should go through the rules before indulging in the game.

Selecting an Online Casino for Video Poker

While opting for any of the online casinos or poker sites, one must be careful to select a reputed provider having a proper registration with gambling authorities.  It is important that before depositing any money with an online casino one should first consider the following

  • Gaming software, whether it is of a reputed company or not.
  • Modes of payment and deposit, that is common payment options provided by the casino.
  • Bonuses or other promotions provided by the casino.
  • Availability of video poker in the provided games.

Creating an Account

Once you are satisfied with the reputation of the casino and ready to make a commitment, you can get yourself registered.   In order to join an online casino you are required to provide some personal information such as name, email address and date of birth.  Once this information is provided to the casino, you will get a confirmation email with username and password for log in.  You can then log in into your account by using this information and play video poker to your heart’s content.