Video Poker is fast becoming a very popular form of poker. Lots of people who don’t enjoy the stress of a real poker table due to the other players and sometimes their aggressive playing style have started playing Video Poker. You have two ways in which Video Poker machines differ from each other.
First we have different variants of Video Poker. Most of the machines are based on “Five Card Draw” which is one of the oldest forms of poker out there. Some offer other variations like “Jacks or better” which is one of the most popular variants available for players. Another popular one is “Deuces Wild” where a “2” serves as a wild card. Then you have a lot of other variations, like: Joker’s Wild, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker and many, many others.
Another way Video Poker machines differ from each other is the payout schedule which the game uses. Some games will offer bigger payouts than others. The machines that offer the biggest payout possible for that game are called “full pay” games.
Most machines give the highest payback percentage only if you bet the maximum number of credits. And if you want to receive the theoretical payout in the long-run, you have to play a perfect game of poker. Any mistakes will obviously diminish your chances at winning hands and thus your expected payout will be lower. Here’s a rundown of some of the most common variations of Video Poker.
Jacks or Better
This is one of the most common and most popular versions of Video Poker. When playing this variant, the player wins if their final five-card hand has at least a pair of jacks or better. Different types of this Video Poker game differ through their payouts for full houses and flushes. For example, Full pay Jack or Better is also called “9/6 Jacks or Better” where the 9 stands for the payoff for a full house and the 6 refer to the payoff you will receive for a flush.
In this variation all of the 2’s are wild. This means that they can be assigned any other value the player wants it to have. This variant can be found with pay schedules that offer a theoretical return of over 100% (when played perfectly), but they are very hard to find. Lower returns are more commonly found in this type of game.
This is a variant of “Jacks or Better” in which players receive a bonus payout for four aces. This is the full-pay “10/7” version of the game, “10/7” being the payouts for a full house and a flush.
Double Double Bonus
This is another variation on “Jacks or Better” which offers bonus payoffs for all types of four of a kind.
These are just some of the Video Poker machines that are out there. If you’re interested in playing this type of game either visit a casino in search for some or go online and enjoy the wide variety on offer there.