Video Poker is one of the most popular casino games available online today. This virtual card game is based on traditional five card draw poker and the idea is to try and achieve the highest possible winning poker hand. Therefore having some kind of poker knowledge is essential when playing this game. There are many different versions of video poker, but once you have learned how to play one variety, you should be able to learn the rules to most other varieties just as quickly.
Microgaming, Playtech, Net Entertainment, Realtime Gaming and most other leading online casino software providers have all developed some exciting video poker varieties and some of these games also have progressive jackpots to play for. You can play video poker online over an instant flash casino platform or from within a casino download client, plus you can also now find a growing number of mobile video poker games. Almost every video poker game available online today (or on mobile) will be available in the real money mode and in the free play mode.
The rules to video poker are fairly straight forward and most rounds are usually finished with in less than ten seconds. You need to start by selecting your stake and then once you have set your stake you can start a new round. When you hit the ‘start’, ‘deal’, or ‘draw’ button, a new round can begin and you will initially be dealt five face-up cards. The lowest win in video poker usually starts from a pair of tens or better and a high card will not award a prize.
The next best win after a pair of tens or better is two pair (e.g. 8, 8 & Q, Q, plus any other card). Then it’s three of a kind (e.g. Q, Q, Q, plus any other 2 cards). The next best win is a straight (e.g. 7, 8, 9, 10 and J of any suit). The next best win is a flush (e.g. any five cards, must be the same suit though). The next best win is a full house (e.g. any three of a kind and any pair). The next best win is four of a kind (e.g. 10, 10, 10, 10 and any other card).
The next best win is a Straight Flush (e.g. any five consecutive cards, can be mixed suit) and the best possible hand in video poker is a Royal Flush (e.g. 10, J, Q, K and Ace of the same suit). The great thing about playing Video Poker online is that you can play with just one hand at a time (known as single hand video poker) or you can play with up to as many as 100 hands at a time (known as multihand video poker).