Five Quick Tips—How to Play Video Poker

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HOW TO PLAY VIDEO POKER

Video poker is a virtual card game based on the poker variant five card draw. Unlike standard poker though, video poker is a one player game and doesn't require bluffing, reading other players or complex strategies to win. The only opponent you need to best is the computer, which can be achieved by creating the best five card hand on the virtual reels.

All wins are based on the monetary value assigned to each poker hand. While the game doesn't require any gameplay tricks or mind games, you can still use several strategies and tips to increase your odds of success while playing. Here are five quick tips to help you play video poker.

1. AIM FOR A PAIR

Be patient and try to make a low paying hand frequently rather than making a high paying hand rarely. A pair is generally the minimum paying hand for video poker, the wins aren't usually more than a few coins, but a pair comes out relatively often and only winning a few coins is better than losing a lot. You won't be able to give up the day job after playing a pair, but it’s an excellent gateway to better and more profitable hands such as three of a kind, a full house, and four of a kind.

2. STOP AND THINK

With no other players rushing you along, you should have more than enough time to think and focus on making the best possible decision in each situation. The more time you spend thinking about your next move, the better your chances of success. Slots heavily emphasise quantity over quality; you need to play lots of spins to win; video poker is the exact opposite; you should be aiming to play a few hands well rather than trying to play ten thousand hands in a short space of time.

3. LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT GAME TYPES

Video poker has many game types with unique pay tables, house edge and rules. Before you start playing, it's well worth looking at all the different game options. Some forms of video poker will have a minimum hand rank that needs to be achieved to get a win. Others offer the highest return percentage only if the maximum number of credits is played, or if you win with a specific hand.

Video poker has one of the lowest house edge percentages available, usually starting at about 3 per cent, but it can go much lower; finding the game type with the lowest house edge can help increase your odds of success. Some video poker variants are also easier to learn because they have no wild cards or extra rules. It all depends on how you want to play the game and what you think will help increase your odds of success. So have a look at all the different video poker game types and what they offer before you start playing.

4. CHECK OUT THE OFFERS

Some casinos offer game-specific bonuses, such as extra coins to play with when you make a certain number of spins. Check the casino's promotions page and social channels; you never know what you’ll find. With bonuses like extra credits for first time players and additional coins for your first purchase, it can be worth your while to do your research.

5. KEEP IT SIMPLE

Gaming can be seriously fun. The internet has a treasure trove of strategy guides and charts out there, to help you win any form of poker, but many of them are not worth the time or effort to bother with. If you are a professional gamer looking to increase your profits, go for it, do all the research you like, but if you're just a casual player, looking to play a few games after work, save yourself the headache and aim to have fun rather than spending hours studying charts and reading strategy guides.