Video Poker for Beginners
Video poker machines hit the scene in the ‘70s and became immensely popular throughout the following decade. People found the machines to be less-intimidating alternatives to table games and preferred them over the more luck-based slot machines. Now, you’ll find video poker machines in almost all casinos, virtual or physical. Café Casino offers 11 variants, with two of them allowing people to play up to 52 hands at once.
How to Play Video Poker
When you open a session of video poker, you’ll see a paytable, five face-down cards, and “Bet One,” “Deal,” and “Bet Max” buttons. You’ll first choose how many coins you want to play per hand. Consult the paytable for the difference in payouts between 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 coins. You can also select what coin denominations you want to play with; most video poker games offer $0.05, $0.25, $0.50, $1, $5 coins. After you’ve picked the right coin denomination for your bankroll, repeatedly click the “Bet One” button until it highlights the amount of coins you want to bet.
Now you’re ready to play. Hit “Deal” and check out what cards you’re working with. You’ll get to choose which cards you want to hold onto, and the remaining cards will be discarded and replaced with new ones. You get to discard cards once for each round.
Each variant of video poker requires a minimum hand to win. It’s a pair of Jacks for Jacks or Better and a pair of Kings for Joker Poker. If you win, you’ll always have the option to Double or Nothing. You can hit YES or NO, depending on your gambling style.
If you proceed to try to double your winnings, you’ll see a new screen with five cards. Four will be face-down and one will be face-up, which is the dealer’s card. In order to win, you must select a card with a higher value than the dealer’s card. If you opt not to Double or Nothing, you’ll simply return to the main screen for another round of video poker.
Video Poker Tips
- Almost all video poker machines offer a bonus pay for scoring the top hand on a five-coin bet, so try to always bet five coins. You can change the coin denomination to make sure the cost per game suits your bankroll. For example, you can bet one quarter per hand, but it would be better to bet five nickels, which will cost the same, but give you access to the bonus payout.
- The Double or Nothing bet has no house edge. Using this option results in higher volatility and is well suited for players who like higher risk and reward in their gaming.
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