Video Poker Online
Video poker is a great game for bgo casino players interested in poker but who still want to enjoy the fast thrill of slot games. Video poker is based on regular 5 card poker and uses the poker hands to determine winners and payouts.
Unlike most casino games, the decisions of the player do affect the outcome of video poker, so it pays to learn how to play to create more favourable winning chances.
There are a few different variations of video poker, with the most popular being Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Jokers Wild and Bonus Poker. To play, 5 cards are dealt to the player at random and then you decide if you want to change any or all of your cards.
Once the new cards have been dealt out, or you have decided to stick with your original cards, the game will determine the value of your hand and pay out accordingly. A normal payout for Jacks or Better would follow the following pattern:
- Royal Flush: 250 to 1
- Straight Flush: 50 to 1
- Four of a Kind: 25 to 1
- Full House: 9 to 1
- Flush: 6 to 1
- Straight: 4 to 1
- Three of a Kind: 3 to 1
- Two Pair: 2 to 1
- Pair of Jacks or Better: Even money
In the Jacks or Better variant of video poker, any hand less than a pair of Jacks is a losing hand. As with many slot games, the more you bet the higher the jackpots available to you. In video poker if you play with the maximum bet you can often enjoy a much higher payout from a royal flush. Jacks or Better offers players a maximum payout of 99.5% if this game is played to perfect strategy.
In the Deuces Wild version, as the name suggests, all deuces are wild, meaning they can substitute for any other card. This means you can find a lot of four of a kinds in this game, with a hand of four deuces giving a mini-jackpot payout. The payouts start at three of a kind in Deuces Wild.
When playing Deuces Wild a good tip is to always try to find a machine that pays out at least 5 to 1 for four of a kind as this hand is quite common due to the wild element, and occurs in about one third of all payouts.
With the Bonus Poker variant of video poker, the mini jackpot payout comes when a player hits 4 Aces. This hand gives a payout of 160-1. The chances of winning in the long run are good on this version with a theoretical possibility of achieving a 100.17% payout percentage.
Video poker is a great game for bgo players looking for a game with real strategy where their actions can make a difference, while at the same time wanting the instant fun of a slot game. Check out our poker tips infographic for some excellent gaming body language techniques.