All About Video Poker

Over the past few years, thanks in large part to televised tournaments, Texas hold ‘em poker has become the go to game for poker players, but old school players, like myself, still love the 5 card draw poker game. It seems we are not alone given the immense popularity of video poker machines, all of which are based on the 5 card draw game. The machines first appeared in the 1970’s; around the same time that PC’s started making it into people’s homes. Much like those early computers, the first poker machines were clumsy and primitive, but that all changed in the 80’s, when arcade video games exploded on the scene. Video poker is a pretty straightforward game and doesn’t really require the player to be a poker expert. The game starts with 5 cards being dealt, and the player is then given the opportunity to hold or discard all of the cards. All discarded cards are replaced by another set of cards, and from there the player is either a winner or loser. The pay tables are based on the probability of a winning hand with a simple pair being the lowest payout, and a royal flush the highest. What separates video poker from other machines, such as slots, is that the hands are completely random and are not allowed to be pre-programmed like the slots. That’s why there is no such thing as a “loose” video poker machine, as there is with video slots. There are a number of different video poker games to be found in the casino’s now, starting from low pay machines all the way up to double bonus machines and even some progressive jackpot poker machines that pay out the jackpot when a player hits the royal flush. Probably the two most popular games though are, Jacks or Better, with the lowest payout being a pair of jacks, and Deuces Wild in which all the 2 cards are considered to be wild. Whichever one you choose, remember to play as quickly as possible, as it’s been shown that doing so will increase your chances of winning at Platinum Play online casino.  

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