Video poker games are a combination of poker and slots in which anyone with a basic understanding of the hand rankings poker can play.
When you start the game you will be asked to turn over five cards which are face down. This is your starting hand. You then have to decide if you want to keep any of the cards or randomly swap them for another one. You can swap as many or a few cards as you like, but bear in mind the aim is to create a five-card poker hand after the second round of cards are dealt.
In most video poker games, the minimum requirement is a pair of jacks. The payout then increase for hands that are ranked above this in the game, with the Royal Flush being the top available hand.
The tactics in the game come in to play when you need to need to decide which cards to hold. If you want to play for the top payouts, you are likely to hold cards that are of high value or of the same suit. However, other players will aim for a high pair that ensures a return of some sort at the very minimum.
There will be plenty of variations of the game to choose from in an online casino room including 50 Hand Video Poker. This allows you to play up to 50 at the same time. If you hold a card on your opening line, it will be held in the same position throughout the 50 hands. This variation may not be for everyone but it is a good opportunity to win big if you get some luck with your cards.
Written by John, a fan of slot games.