The best strategies for playing video poker


Published by CasinoTopsOnline on November 02, 2016 in Casino Tips

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Video poker has been in existence for more than 50 years and has only grown in popularity since it first launched to the world. A firm favourite in land-based casinos as well as online casinos, video poker is a simple game with a low house edge and the chance to win big. It’s due to features such as these that video poker has grown more and more popular.

The enticing casino game experience means that there are many punters trying to find new ways to win while playing video poker. The perfect combination of poker and video slots, video poker has its own set of rules.

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Unlike slots, video poker is not all about luck but instead has some sort of strategy involved in being successful.

We’re going to take a closer look at how being a winner can happen for you when playing video poker.

Video poker options

There are many video poker variations on the market with many having been created in the last 10 years alone. Games such as Deuces Wild, Joker Poker, and Jacks or Better are all very similar with slightly different themes and layouts. The biggest difference is whether or not the game includes Jokers in the deck. 

Jokers can make a huge difference in how the game is played and whether or not wins are landed as they can substitute for any other card in the deck. Certain games can also include Wild symbols and the opportunity to trigger jackpots with a Royal Flush. In cases such as these, Jokers are not useful as you can land a big win using a Joker, but you cannot trigger a jackpot.

One of the main attractions when playing video poker is that the game itself is simple to understand and play. All you have to do is choose how much you wish to bet, wait for the game to deal your hand, and wait for the outcome. You’ll be dealt 5 cards and of those cards, you can choose to hold and swap as many of those cards as you like. You can also choose to hold all of your cards or swap all of your cards at once. From there, the game will progress and you will either be a winner or you will need to try again.

Winning coins

Just like a standard video slot, video poker also has a paytable that you can study and learn how much is available to be won. Keep an eye on what is waiting to be won, with the largest sum that will show in the top right corner. These payouts are based on betting the maximum number of coins

One of the most popular strategies is to always bet a minimum of 5 coins. By placing this bet, you can swing the house edge of video poker games to as little as 0.5% per hand dealt. While the house edge on video poker games is already fairly low (or as low as 1%), it’s always in your best interest to play your way to an even better chance of winning!

If you’re looking for smaller bets to place, but still want to use the 5-coin strategy, keep your eye out for video poker games that allow you to place bets for smaller amounts. Many video poker games allow players to bet for as little as $0.20 per 5 coins instead of $1 per 5 coins. This way you can play for longer using the same bank and potentially win a huge amount of money!

Big hands and bonuses

While smaller wins make video poker fun to play, the truly great wins are all thanks to big hands being dealt. Of course, no player has control over which cards are dealt, but holding onto the correct cards can mean the difference between a small win and Royal Flush.

If you’re keen to chase a big win, one of the best ways to do this is by making use of casino comps. Look out for casino bonuses that reward you based on your deposit or when using an exclusive code. Bonuses can top up your bank with enough cash to help you play for longer than ever before or give you a special edge.

No matter how you play, always be responsible, and have fun!

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