Video Poker

Video Poker

Video Poker

Video Poker
 
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Everybody has a theory as to the origin of poker. Suppositions range from China to India, from Persia to Egypt and thence across the Mediterranean to Europe. Regardless of its ancestral journey, there is strong evidence that it came to America with the French settlers in New Orleans who played a card game called poque involving bluffing and rounds of betting. This poque deck may have been the first to use suits of spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs.

Poque migrated up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers by boat where it met English-bred railroad men – who probably corrupted the name to poker and carried it back to the eastern cities during the U.S. Civil War. Then, in the late 1860's and early 1870's, Civil War veterans brought poker westward over the Continental Divide until it became a fixture in every hotel parlor and saloon in America's Wild West.

As a widely popularized game, poker developed many variations including stud, draw and straight. The introduction of wild cards around 1875 added another level of intrigue and excitement. Today, poker is probably the most widely played card game in the world. It ranks as one of the top sporting events (in prize money if not publicity), with many tournaments culminating in the grand stakes of the World Series of Poker.

With the advent of computer chips in the 1970's, Video Poker came on the scene. It combines the elements of draw poker with the look-and-feel of slot machines. A key difference between Video Poker and regular poker is that you're not playing against other players (so there is no need to bluff). Instead, you're trying to build the best hand you can to win the highest odds. Because it's a fast-paced game involving both skill and luck, Video Poker has millions of enthusiasts around the globe who enjoy this exciting, engaging pastime.

Game Play:

To play a Video Poker game, just drop Casino chips into the INSERT COINS slot and click the DEAL button. The machine will deal five cards to the player, all face up. Since this is draw poker, you can choose to hold or discard any of the five cards. Your goal is make the best hand you can between your original deal and your potential draw. You must get a pair of Jacks or better to be in the money.

To hold or keep a card, click the HOLD button under that card or simply click the card. A pin will appear to indicate that the card is to be held, and the Hold button changes to RELEASE. If you change your mind, click Release or (click the card). After cards-to-hold are selected, click DRAW to draw new cards for those which are to be discarded (i.e. not held).

These new drawn cards plus the hold cards from the first deal constitute your final hand (always a total of 5 cards), and the game pays according to the chart at the top of the machine by increasing your coin credits (shown as a CREDIT meter on the machine face).

You can drop as many Casino chips as you wish into the Insert Coins slot. Putting chips in the slot increases your coin credits based on the coin setting for the machine and the dollar value of the chips. The Video Poker machine can be set to play $0.25 coins, $1 coins or $5 coins. If you put a $10 Casino chip in a machine with a $1 coin setting, your coin credits will be 10. If you change the coin setting to $0.25, your coin credits will increase to 40 (for a $10 chip).

The number of coins bet per game can range from a minimum of 1 coin to a maximum of 5 coins. The setting for the number of coins bet per game is shown in the COINS BET meter. The machine sets Coins Bet to 1 by default. You can increase your bet by clicking the BET ONE button. Each time you click BET ONE, you will increase your bet by one chip. (If you click on Bet One when Coins Bet is 5, it will wrap back to 1).

To bet the maximum five chips with a single click, just click BET MAX. If the machine is set to a $5 coin value and a Coins Bet of 5, you will be betting $25 per hand. Once you set the Coins Bet number, the machine will use this value for each hand until you change it to another value.

Payouts are as shown in the chart at the top of the machine. The payout table has rows containing the payout amounts for various rankings of poker hands (see listing below). Each rank has 5 possible payout amounts, depending on the number in the Coins Bet meter. As you change the Coins Bet value, the vertical column of payout amounts for that Coins Bet number will be highlighted.

For example, if you play 1 coin in a $5 Video Poker machine and come up with a Royal Flush, you will be credited with 250 coins which represent a winning of $1,250. If you had bet the maximum of 5 coins and came up with a Royal Flush, you would be credited with 4000 coins — representing a winning of $20,000 on a $5 machine!!

When you are finished playing, you can click COINS OUT to exchange your coin Credits for Casino chips. As the coins come out of the machine, the number of Credits will be multiplied by the coin value setting ($0.25, $1 or $5) and the resulting amount will be added to your Casino Account balance.

Ranking Of Hands For Video Poker

Royal Flush
The highest ranking hand possible. An Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit. Starting with an Ace, all five cards are in sequence and in a common suit.

Example: A, K, Q, J, 10

Straight Flush
Five cards both in sequence and common suit, but not starting with an Ace.
Example: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6

Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same rank.
Example: 5, 5, 5, 5, 2

Full House
Three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank.
Example: K, K, K, 4, 4

Flush
Five cards of same suit.
Example: K, J, 9, 6, 3

Straight
Five cards in sequence (Aces may be used high or low).
Example: 5, 4, 3, 2, A

Three of a Kind
Three cards of same rank.
Example: 9, 9, 9, A, 8

Two Pair
Two groups of two cards of same rank.
Example: 4, 4, J, J, A

A pair, Jacks or better
Two cards (Jacks or better) of the same rank
Example: 8, 4, J, J, A

Deuces Wild


Deuces Wild Rules
Just as poker began dominating card tables in America's Wild West, some enterprising enthusiasts added the concept of "wild" cards. The term may have derived from the famous wildcats, or mountain lions, that would occasionally come down from the hills at night to add a good deal of excitement to a mining camp.

There's plenty of excitement in our Deuces Wild Video Poker game. It's played like regular Video Poker, but the Deuces ("2"s) are wild, meaning they can take on the value of any other card to give you a stronger hand. With a Wild Deuce, you can turn a Pair into Three-of-a-Kind, or Two Pair into a Full House. It's easy, it's fun – and, with a wildcard in your hand, there's always plenty of excitement!

To Play

Set Coin Value. Select the coin value for the Video Poker machine by clicking one of three buttons labeled "25¢", "$1" and "$5" that appear in the lower right-center of the control panel. This determines whether you are paying 25 cents, one dollar or five dollars for each coin you are betting in the game.
Insert Coins. Add money to the Video Poker machine by clicking on the Casino chips to drop them in the coin slot. As you add Casino chips, the coin Credit meter will increment according to the coin value setting.
Set Coins Bet. Choose how many coins you want to bet on each hand. You can bet up to 5 coins per hand. The Bet One button increases the coins bet by one each time you click it. Bet Max adjusts it to the maximum of 5 coins per hand. The number of coins bet is shown in the Coins Bet meter and indicated by the highlighted column of the payout table.
Click Deal to Start. This deals five cards to you.
Hold Cards. Click on those cards you want to hold. Those not marked by a Hold Pin will be discarded and replaced on the draw.
Click Draw. Those cards not held will be replace with new cards from the deck. The resulting hand is matched against the payout table and your bet is settled. Any wildcards showing will be used to make the highest hand possible.
Click Deal to Play Again. The deck will be reshuffled and you'll be dealt a new hand.
Game Play:
When the DEAL button is clicked, the machine will deal five cards, all face up. Since this is draw poker, you can chose to hold or discard any of the five cards. Your goal is make the best hand you can between your original deal and your potential draw. Any Deuces you get are wild, so they can help you make a better hand.

To hold or keep a card, click the HOLD button under that card or simply click the card. A pin will appear to indicate that the card is to be held, and the Hold button changes to RELEASE. If you change your mind, click Release or (click the card). After cards-to-hold are selected, click DRAW to draw new cards for those which are to be discarded (i.e. not held).

These new drawn cards plus the hold cards from the first deal constitute your final hand (always a total of 5 cards), and the game pays according to the chart at the top of the machine. Payout is accomplished by increasing your coin credits (shown as a CREDIT meter on the machine face).

Coins In, Coin Value and Coins Credit

You can drop as many Casino chips as you wish into the Insert Coins slot. Putting chips in the slot increases your coin credits based on the coin setting for the machine and the dollar value of the chips. The Video Poker machine can be set to play $0.25 coins, $1 coins or $5 coins. If you put a $10 Casino chip in a machine with a $1 coin setting, your coin credits will be 10. If you change the coin setting to $0.25, your coin credits will increase to 40 (for a $10 chip).

The minimum bet per hand is 25 cents and the maximum is $25 (5 coins times $5 per coin).

When you are finished playing, you can click COINS OUT to exchange your coin Credits for Casino chips. As the coins come out of the machine, the number of Credits will be multiplied by the coin value setting ($0.25, $1 or $5) and the resulting amount will be added to your Casino Account balance. If you exit the game without clicking Coins Out, we will automatically empty the machine and increase your Account balance by the proper amount.

Payouts

Payouts are as shown in the chart at the top of the machine. The payout table has rows containing the payout amounts for various rankings of poker hands (see listing below). Each rank has 5 possible payout amounts, depending on the number in the Coins Bet meter. As you change the Coins Bet value, the vertical column of payout amounts for that Coins Bet number will be highlighted.

For example, if you play 1 coin in a $5 Video Poker machine and come up with a Natural Royal Flush, you will be credited with 250 coins which represent a winning of $1,250. If you had bet the maximum of 5 coins and came up with a Natural Royal Flush, you would be credited with 4000 coins – representing a winning of $20,000 on a $5 machine!!


Coins Bet 1 2 3 4 5
Natural Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 * 4000 *
Four Deuces 200 400 600 800 1000
Wild Royal Flush 25 50 75 100 125
Five of a Kind 15 30 45 60 75
Straight Flush 9 18 27 36 45
Four of a Kind 4 8 12 16 20
Full House 4 8 12 16 20
Flush 3 6 9 12 15
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
Three of a Kind 1 2 3 4 5


Ranking of Hands for Deuces Wild

Natural Royal Flush
The highest ranking hand possible. Starting with an Ace, all five cards are in sequence and in a common suit. A "natural" hand is one formed without using any wildcards. So a Natural Royal Flush is an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit without using any wildcards.

Example: A, K, Q, J, 10
Four Deuces


Specifically: 2, 2, 2, 2, Any Card
Wild Royal Flush
A hand constituting an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit, where at least one of the five cards is a Deuce.

Example: A, K, Deuce substituting for Q, J, 10
Five of a Kind
Five cards of the same rank, where at least one of the five is a Deuce.

Example: 5, 5, 5, 2, 2
Straight Flush
Five cards both in sequence and common suit, but not starting with an Ace. Use of wildcards is permitted.

Example: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same rank. One or more of the four can be a Deuce.

Example: 5, 5, 5, 5
Full House
Three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank. One or more of either rank can be a Deuce.

Example: K, K, K, 4, 4
Flush
Five cards of same suit.

Example: K, J, 9, 6, 4
Straight
Five cards in sequence (Aces may be used high or low), one or more can be a Deuce.

Example: A, 2, 3, 4, 5
Three of a Kind
Three cards of same rank. One or two of the three can be a Deuce.

Example: 9, 9, 9, A, 8
Strategy

Jacks or Better

Hold any paying hands you get dealt. The only reason to split them up would be if you get dealt at least four cards to a Royal Flush.

If you don't get any paying hand dealt check the following and select the first option on the list that applies to the hand you were dealt. You should always hold any:

  • Single High Card
  • Two High Cards of a different suit
  • Two High Cards of the same suit
  • Low Pair (Tens and lower)
  • Jack, Queen or King of different suits
  • Jack, Queen, King or Ten of the same suit
  • Four consecutive cards to a Straight
  • Four cards to a Flush
  • Three cards to a Straight Flush
  • Four cards to a Straight Flush
  • Three cards to a Royal Flush
  • Four cards to a Royal Flush

    It is recommended if you are not dealt any of the above you should draw a whole new hand of five cards.

    Jokers Wild

    Follow these suggested guidelines if you are dealt a hand without a joker. You should always hold any:

  • Paying hand with the same exception as in Jacks or Better, if you have four cards to a Royal Flush

  • Pair from Two's to Queens
  • King or Ace alone
  • Unsuited King or Ace
  • Four cards to any Flush
  • Three cards to a Straight Flush
  • Two suited King or Ace to a Royal Flush
  • Three or four cards to a Royal Flush

    This table is recommended for hands containing a joker. You should always hold any:

  • Pair of High Cards (Tens to Ace)
  • Three of a kind or higher
  • Four cards to a Straight
  • Four cards to any flush without an Ace or a King
  • Three cards to a straight flush
  • Three or Four cards to a Royal Flush

    If none of the above applies keep the joker only.

    Deuces Wild

    In Deuces Wild it is recommended you always keep any:

  • Paying hand with the exception of four cards to a Royal Flush
  • One Pair / Keep two pairs only if a Full House pays the same as a Four of a Kind
  • Two of Ten, Jack, Queen and King of the same suit
  • Four consecutive cards to a Straight
  • Four card Flush
  • Three cards to Straight Flush
  • Four cards to a Straight Flush
  • Three cards to a Royal Flush
  • One Deuce with another paying hand
  • Two Deuces with a four of a kind or better
  • Three Deuces with Wild Royal Flush or Five of a Kind
  • Four Deuces (your hand can't get any better than that)

    Keep only the deuces if none of the above applies.

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