Online Video Poker Rules
Lets start with the ranking of cards from low to high according to online video poker rules:
A pair - two of the same kind or value (3,3,8,10,J,K)
Two pairs - two sets of two of the same kind or value (4,4,7,7,9)
Three of a kind - three of the same kind or value (5,5,5,J,Q)
Straight - all cards in numerical order (4,5,6,7,8)
Flush - all cards of the same suit (2s,5s,7s,9s,6s - s = Spades)
Full house - a pair and three of a kind or value in one hand (4,4,7,7,7)
Four of a kind - four of the same kind or value (9,9,9,9,J)
Straight flush - a combination of a straight and a flush where all the cards are from the same suit and also fall in numerical order (2d,3d,4d,5d,6d - d = Diamonds)
Royal flush - the highest straight flush you can get (10h,Jh,Qh,Kh,Ah - h = Hearts)
As mentioned before on the home page of the site, online video poker rules are based on the basic five-card draw poker game and is very much like the slot machine games, especially the multi spin ones, in structure.
In video poker, as in multi spin slot games, the player has to act twice and the machine has to act twice. The player places a bet, the machine deals, the player decides which cards to hold, and the machine replaces the cards not selected.
"Deuces Wild", "Jacks or Better" (the original) and "Jokers Wild" are three of the most common online video poker games out of several types available. These games all have progressive jackpots, which means that they share jackpots with a linked group of other games who all continually contribute to the pot. The jackpots usually pay out only for a royal flush. Technically the games are all basically the same across different casinos except for a few cosmetic changes as the different casino operators will market the games according to their own brands. The only major difference is the payout tables.
Online Video Poker Game
When a player starts or loads a game, 4 buttons appear.
Bet One - Hit this button to wager $1.
Bet Max - Hit this button to wager $5.
Plus / Minus - Fine tune the bet by raising it or lowering it before the machine deals.
Deal - Hit this button when the player is satisfied with the bet and want the machine to deal the cards.
After placing the bet for your online video poker game, the deal button must be pushed or clicked to engage the machine to deal the player's five face-up cards. The "Hold" buttons will then appear directly underneath the cards, which the player will now use to select the cards he / she wants to hold. Another deal button appears and the player must click it to engage the machine for the second time. This time the machine will only replace the cards that weren't selected to be held. The winnings get calculated directly after the second set of cards is dealt.
If the player got a winning hand, the machine will give the player the opportunity to double his / her winnings by means of a high card showdown. If the player excepts the challenge by clicking the "Double" button, the machine will deal five face-down cards. The machine will then randomly select one of the face-down cards to reveal. Now it's the player's chance to select one of the remaining face-down cards to reveal which will hopefully be of a higher value than the one selected by the machine. If the card selected by the player has a higher value than the machine's card, the player doubles his / her winnings. If the result is the opposite, the player loses the original bet. The high card showdown can go on until the player decides to cash out his / her winnings or until the player loses a round. The player will then lose all the winnings including the original bet. The player can choose to cash in after each round by clicking the "Collect" button on the screen.
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