Video Poker Machine Odds

Outside of Table Games, Video Poker offers better odds on the Casino floor than Slots. Video Poker first made its way into gambling arena in the mid 1970’s and since that time has swept across nearly every land based and online Casino in the world.

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The earliest Video Poker machine was Draw Poker and with today’s modern technology it pales in comparison to literally 100’s of varieties, these are very different in nature than the more traditional poker machine (slot machine, pokie, more on those here)

Coin denominations starting at .01 up to $100 per hand and have progressed from one hand per game up to 100 hands per play in a single game. Special features added offer an opportunity for bigger winning potential with Multipliers, Wilds and Bonus Games.

Among the more popular Video Poker games include Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker, Aces with Faces and Double Double Bonus Poker.

The Payouts

What separates one Poker variation from the other are the payouts. For example basic payouts are typically:

  • Pair and two Pair – 5 credits
  • Three of kind – 15 credits
  • Straight – 20 credits
  • Full House – 45 credits
  • Four of Kind – 250
  • Straight Flush – 250 credits
  • Royal Flush – 4,000 credits
Basic Video Poker machines with payouts similar to those above will have better odds in your favor for landing more 4 of kinds because of the lower payouts.

Games like Double Double Poker introduce “kickers” to the pay table for bigger payouts. This is where certain four of a kind hands have more value. For example four 2s, 3s or 4s with an Ace, 2, or 3 as your 5th card pays 2,000 credits without the kicker 800. The same payout applies to Aces with and without the kicker.

When a special feature like a multiplier is added as a game feature it can multiply your credits up to 10x or more. Bonus Games features boost your winning hand revealing extra credit amounts.

The more “gimmicks” the Video Poker machine offers the more the odds are against the player to snare a four of a kind or better. But the advantage is bigger wins.

For better odds of winning, basic games like Jacks or Better will hit four of a kind or higher more often. And as far as hitting the Royal Flush………it doesn’t matter what game is played, you have a 1 in 40,000 shot in hitting it.

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