Video Poker is a really easy game to learn how to play. All versions of this popular Vegas-style card game are based on five card draw poker. This means that the best win is usually a Royal Flush. A Royal Flush is when you are holding a hand which contains five cards of the same suit, running from 10 through to Ace (10, J, Q, K, A of hearts for example).
This winning hand will pay the top prize and if you happen to be playing progressive jackpot video poker, you would normally be awarded the progressive jackpot for a royal flush. The paytable should always be visible for you somewhere on the screen, which is handy if you are not too sure about the different poker wins. It is also handy because having the paytable in front of you helps you decide on your next move.
Initially you will be dealt five cards and your main aim is to just try and end up with a winning poker hand. The lowest win is generally a pair of tens or better. A single winning high card usually has absolutely no value when playing video poker. The next highest win is two pair, then three of a kind, a straight, a flush, a full house, four of a kind, a straight flush and then as mentioned, the royal flush is the best.
If you don’t like those first five cards, you can discard them and then you will be re-dealt some new ones. You can discard as few or as many as you like, but you can only do this once in order to try and improve your hand. Depending on how many you chose to hold or discard will therefore determine how many you are re-dealt and this will conclude one hand. If you win, you will be paid instantly and you will be paid according to which hand you managed to achieve.
You can play just one hand at a time, but Playtech and Microgaming have both developed multihand Video Poker varieties which allow you to play up to as many as 100 hands at a time. Some of the most popular Video Pokers include All American, Aces & Faces, Joker Poker, Tens or Better, Jacks or Better and Deuces Wild.