Video Poker Online Guide (2024)

Video Poker


The online video poker scene has erupted like a volcano in the last two decades. It offers an entirely different experience from live poker games in casinos while preserving the extraordinary skills required to master the deck. The most impactful advantage of online poker? Players do not need to maintain a poker face and sit next to their opponents physically.

In online poker, both amateurs and pros can log onto a poker table from thousands of different rooms around the world. The only catch here is that the player needs to analyze betting patterns instead of reading the opponent’s body language.


The history of video poker is more extended than it might appear. Poker has been around in a form related to its current one since the 19th century, and the parents of video poker have been as well. The first movement that followed a video, the poker machine, was the one created in 1891 by inventors Sittman and Pitt in Brooklyn, While there was no actual video, the machine did randomly create poker hands. The device did not have an automated payout due to a large number of sequences. It was obligatory upon the proprietor of the establishment, usually a bar, where the machine was located to pay clients. The machine worked likewise to the slot machine, in which players pulled a lever to set the drums that invented the poker hand in action.
In the 1970s, computer technology advanced far sufficient to create and market the right video poker machines. SARCOMA, the precursor to International Game Technology (IGT), created a draw poker game in 1979 that started appearing in casinos. The video poker games were immediately successful and grew to include different variations of draw poker (with wildcards).
As technology has developed, so have video poker machines, which remain as popular as ever. Furthermore, video poker translates skillfully to online casino play, and it has developed a significant following. Many video poker machines today also highlight a progressive jackpot, a jackpot fed into by many linked devices that often produces a massive prize pool for video poker players to shoot at.

Free poker vs. Paid poker:

Some online poker sites offer players the option to try poker online free of charge by allowing them to play with virtual funds. This helps the players to get a grasp on how online poker works. Online poker games help by running simulations and tutorials to help a player’s progress further.

After having a general idea of the game, players can play with real money. Many online poker sites offer a joining incentive for new players, usually in the form of matched deposits, which often rise to double or triple the initial amount paid into a player’s account.

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How to play video poker?

You’re dealt five cards. After dealing you get to choose which ones to keep and discard by clicking the cards on the screen or by pressing buttons present on the console. You press the DRAW button on the screen if you need to replace cards you have in your hand. You win if you have any of traditional poker hand (Hands are listed below for those newbies.) The amount you earn per hand depends on the number of winners.

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Poker handsThe hands listed below are in order from smallest to biggest one.

1. Royal flush

When a player obtains A K Q J and a 10 all of the same suit. A K Q J 10 of hearts

2. Straight flush

When a player gets any Five cards in a sequence which are of the same suit. 8 9 10 J Q of hearts

3. Four of a kind

When a player gets four cards of the same rank. K K K K 3

4. Full house

When a player gets three of a kind with a pair. A A A 5 5

5. Flush

When a player gets any five cards of the same suit, but not in a sequence. 3 5 8 9 10 of hearts

6. Straight

When a player gets five cards in a sequence, but not of the same suit. A 2 3 4 5

7. Three of a kind

When a player gets three cards of the same rank. 9 8 9 6 9

8. Two pair

When a player gets two different pairs of cards. 5 5 3 9 3

9. Pair

When a player gets Two cards of the same rank. 2 2 3 8 9

10. High Card

When you don’t have any of the hands above, the highest card plays.
In the example, the Ace plays as the highest card. 7 A K 4 2