This page will go over the basics of how to play Video Poker, concentrating
on the aspects that are common to all variations. On that note though
it's important to say, Video Poker is a game where variations rule, and
each variation will likely have a unique pay-schedule (which defines it's
house edge, when coupled with your playing strategy) - the pay-schedule
should give us some information about how to play the video poker machine
you're in front of.
Basically though, this is how you play video poker:
You take your coins; you put them in the slot. Just like blackjack, you
have to bet before you get any cards.
Once you've put your bet in, you click or hit the deal button to get
You will be dealt five cards, and have the option to keep or discard
as many of them as you wish.
To hold a card from the hand you were dealt, click on or press the hold
button under the card.
Ensure that the cards you want to hold are clearly indicated on the video
Press the deal button once again to get new cards for the ones you didn't
Once you are dealt new cards the hand is over, and the Video Poker machine
will let you know if it's a winning hand or not.
If the hand is a winner the machine will pay you and be ready for another
hand. If the hand is not a winner the machine will reset and be ready
for your next coin.
Well, you now know how to play Video Poker, but knowing what cards to
keep and what to discard is the important bit here, as that's what defines
how well you do (that and the quality of the machine you chose to play).
To learn more about this, read up on Video