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Play Online Video Poker at Playzee

Do you love video slots but feel like you need a change of pace? Do you love Poker, but you don’t feel like sitting around a table, online or physical, playing against other people? Are you a fan of both types of casino games, but don’t have the time to play both? Well, you’re in luck! There’s a game that ticks all the boxes, and that game is Video Poker! As a combination of both slots and poker, this game gives you the best of both worlds, with some added elements that you can’t find in any other game. Here at Playzee, you can choose from several video poker titles, which each have their own unique in-game features and rules. Some of our most popular titles include Mississippi Stud Poker, Aces and Eights, and Jacks or Better.

How to Play Video Poker

Video Poker is basically a computerized version of 5 card stud however, as opposed to playing traditional poker, when you play video poker online or at a physical casino, you aren’t playing against other players. Your goal is to form the very best 5 card hand possible, and the better the hand, the higher the payout! The table below details the hierarchy of hands that can be achieved, in order of highest payout to lowest, as well as their descriptions:

Hand

Description

Royal Flush

A 5 card straight from 10 to Ace of the same suit – for example: A♠ K♠ Q♠ J♠ 10♠

Straight Flush

Any other 5 card straight of the same suit – for example: 8♠ 7♠ 6♠ 5♠ 4♠

Four of a Kind

4 cards of the same value – for example: A♠ A♣ A♥ A♦ 7♠

Full House

3 of a kind plus a pair – for example: K♠ K♣ K♥ 10♥ 10♦

Flush

5 cards of any value that are all the same suit – for example: 4♥ 7♥ 8♥ 10♥ Q♥

Straight

5 cards of any suit that are in consecutive order – for example: Q♥ J♦ 10♣ 9♥ 8♠

Three of a Kind

3 cards of the same value – for example: Q♥ Q♦ Q♣ 8♠ 2♥

Two Pair

2 sets of 2 cards with the same value – for example: K♦ K♠ J♥ J♦ 9♦

Pair of Jacks or Better (Usually only available in Jacks or Better games)

A pair of Aces, Kings, Queens, or Jacks – for example: K♦ K♠ 10♣ Q♥ 8♠

So, now that we know what the objective is, let’s discuss how to achieve it!

The first step, as is the case with any other casino game, is to choose which version of the game you’d like to play. While the basic rules apply to every version, each game has its own set of rules and paytables, so it is important to familiarize yourself with that information before choosing which game to eventually play. It’s also important to know that all video poker games on offer at Playzee use a 52-card deck, and cards are dealt out using an electronic Random Numbers Generator.

Generally, video poker games start with a screen that includes a paytable at the top and 5 cards, face down in a row just below the table. At the bottom of the screen you can place your desired wager amount. Then, hit Deal and you will receive your preliminary 5 card hand. At this point, you can choose to swap out any of the 5 cards you were dealt, in order to try to make your 5-card hand better. You can also decide to Hold and not swap out any of the cards. Simply click on any of the cards that you’d like to hold and then click on the Draw button to receive your new cards. If you were able to build a winning hand, you will receive a payout according to the game’s paytable.

Video Poker Strategies

The decision whether to make any changes to your preliminary hand depends on your specific strategy as well as the strength of the first 5 cards you are dealt. With video poker, such as is the case with other poker games, there are different strategies you can apply to various situations to try to increase your chances of hitting a winning hand. Some of these are easy calls and some become a bit more difficult:

Automatic Calls

With certain hands, knowing when to Hold all 5 cards is a no-brainer. These situations generally refer to being dealt one of the top 3 hands and no further action is needed. If you’re dealt a Royal Flush, there’s no reason to try for a better hand since it is the best hand which pays out the highest amount. Therefore, in this case, you Hold and stay with the 5 cards you were dealt. The same can be said if you’re dealt a Straight Flush or a 4 of a kind, which are the second-best hand and third-best hand respectively and improving them by swapping cards is nearly impossible.

Easy Calls

While the following hands can’t be called no-brainers, they’re come very close. The easy calls usually involve situations where you are dealt a middle to weak paying hand, and the opportunity to swap cards and try to improve your hand comes at no risk to the paying hand you were already dealt. So, for example, in the case of being dealt two pair, 4 of your cards have already guaranteed you a paying hand. Your best course of action would be to swap out the fifth card to see if you can convert your two pairs into a full house. Similarly, if you find yourself one card shy of a straight or a flush, your best course of action would be to swap the fifth card to try and catch that straight or flush.

More Challenging Calls

There will be times during the game where you will be faced with some difficult decisions to make regarding your hand. Many of these occurrences happen when you are dealt with a hand that would guarantee you one of the smaller payouts, but if you decide to break that hand up you could be looking at a bigger payout. An example of this would be if you were dealt the following hand: 7♥ 8♥ 10♥ Q♥ Q♠. Here you have a pair of Queens which would give you the lowest payout, however you are also just 1 card away from hitting a Flush which carries with it a much higher payout. The dilemma here is that if you were to chase the flush, you would have to sacrifice your pair, which may result in no payout at all.

History of Video Poker

The history of Video Poker is a relatively short one, however the impact of this game on the casino industry, both physical and virtual, cannot be overstated. Two of the most popular and widely offered games in the industry include poker and slots, and while there had been efforts early on to combine the two, the results were less than spectacular. Then, in 1975, a man by the name of William (Si) Redd came along and changed the world of video poker forever.

Redd, who founded the company SIRCOMA (Si Redd’s Coin Machines) – which later changed its name to IGT (International Gaming Technology), was the innovative genius behind what became the first successful video poker machine called Draw Poker. This first version of the game gave players more opportunities to hit a winning hand by simply lowering the threshold of how strong of a hand you need to get in order to receive a payout. This almost instantly made Draw Poker a fan favorite and sparked a trend that would make video poker one of the most popular casino games anywhere in the world.

With video poker already being an on-screen game, the transition to online video poker was a relatively easy one, headed by the gaming software giant Microgaming. Today, there are hundreds of online video poker games on offer, using innovative graphics and gameplay features that provide an entertaining experience for players in the comfort of their own homes, or anywhere else via mobile devices.

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