Video Poker Strategy

Video poker is an electronic version of Five Card Stud Poker. The player is dealt five cards and must choose whether or not to discard any number of cards in order to make a winning hand. There are several variations of the game, but the strategy for secure a positive outcome remains generally the same.

When you are dealt your hand, you should examine it to determine whether or not you already have a winning hand. So, if you have been lucky, having been dealt a pair, straight, flush or higher, keep the hands that qualify for the winning hand. Discard the rest (if there are any left) and the replacement cards may help to improve your already winning hand.

When it comes to pairs, there are two kinds: Pay Pairs (JJ and up) and Non Pay Pairs (10s and lower). Regardless of the type of pair, players should keep the paired cards. If it is a non-paying pair, the player could improve to trips. Playing a paying pair will also provide the player with opportunity to increase their winnings.

Players should also consider playing their hand if they have two paying cards (A, K, Q and J) that do not match. Players have the opportunity to create a pair after discarded all non-paying cards.

While players are recommended to play all of the hands above, things get a bit more complicated when they are dealt a winning hand with a draw. For example, if the player has 3 3 4 5 6, it is recommended that they chase the straight rather than playing the pair.

There are six cards that could complete the straight, and the payout would be much more rewarding if the player wins the straight over the pair. Other draws that players should chase are straight flushes, flushes and royal flushes.

Players should also consider looking out for other popular variations of Video Poker. While Jacks or Better is the most common game of its kind, the house edge is automatically lowered when the player participates in games like Tens or Better or Deuces Wild. These games offer players additional chances to win, and are certainly worth trying.