The video poker game is relatively simple. To correctly play a slot machine, simply bet an appropriate amount to maximize your return from the game and pull the lever or press a button. That’s it. While it may be true that some machines have a button to immediately stop the rotation and get to the final result, pressing that button doesn’t change the result; it just helps you lose your money a little faster.
When you play video poker, you have to make decisions and those decisions have a definite impact on your results, be it victory or defeat. Therefore, a video poker player must do more than simply pull a lever or press a button.
ADD CREDITS TO YOUR MACHINE
Not too long ago, the only way to add credits to a video poker machine was to insert the appropriate denomination coins into the game’s coin slot. If you have any winning hands, these credits will be added to the indicated balance on the machine and you can play them without inserting any more coins. If you get a good win and get the money, your winnings would be lots and lots of coins.
Fortunately, those days are over. While there are still some of these “classic” games, most games now accept more than coins. Withdrawing money has also improved in almost every game these days. Today’s machines print vouchers that can be redeemed at the casino’s cashier or at money changers scattered throughout the casino.
The coin / voucher entry slots are in different places in different games, but are clearly marked and accept coins or notes of almost any value. If you have $ 1, $ 5, $ 10, $ 20, $ 50 or $ 100 bills, they will all be accepted.
I like to place enough credits for several minutes of play, usually a $ 20 bill on 25-cent machines or a $ 100 bill on one-dollar machines. You can choose to do the same or put more or less. It is entirely up to you.
After we talk about how to play video poker, you are ready to start the game for real. Most video poker games today have touch screens. That means you can play using the buttons below the screen or you can tap the screen and get the same results. I think using the buttons below the screen allows for faster and much more accurate gameplay than tapping the screen. In fact, the only time I touch the screen is if a button doesn’t work properly. However, this is a personal preference.
To start, press the “Play Max Credits” button. You can also press the “Bet One Credit” button several times, but unlike most slot machines, it is always a good idea to bet on maximum credits when playing video poker. In the following hands, you can press the “Deal / Draw” button instead of the “Play Max Credits” button, as that button makes your previous bet again. I prefer not to do this because sometimes I get “out of sync” and click on the “Deal / Draw” button before I can save the cards I want to save correctly. By pressing the “Play Max Credits” button to start a new hand at a time and the Deal / Draw button after holding the cards you want to save, there is no possibility to draw new cards and replace your starting hand before holding one of them.
After pressing the maximum credit button (or pressing to bet a credit several times), your five-card starting hand is launched and displayed on the screen. You should now look at the hand and determine which cards you want to hold. Press the “Hold / Cancel” button below each card you wish to hold.
THE DOUBLE POKER BONUS PAYMENT TABLE
The “double bonus” in the game’s name refers to the payout of 5s courts up to kings’ courts. In Jacks or Better, each court pays exactly the same (25 for 1), regardless of the value of the card. In this game, 5-to-4 courts pay 50 for 1 – a double bonus.
LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE PAYMENT TABLE
The table shown above is for a game of Double Bonus Poker 10/7/5. As is the case with a Jacks or Better game, generally the only prizes that are changed by a casino are a full house and a flush. However, in the case of Double Bonus Poker, sometimes the casino also changes the prize in a sequence. Note that in this paytable a sequence pays 5 for 1, not 4 for 1, as in the game Jacks or Better. Sometimes, casinos reduce the payout of a straight to the 4 by 1 Jacks or Better level, which is why the third number is added to the description of games with Double Bonus with full prize.
For many years, casinos have changed only the prizes for full house or flush to Jacks or Better or games based on it. But, as indicated in the paragraph above, they have also started to change other lines in the payout tables. When a casino changes prizes at the table, it is almost never better for the player. A Jacks or Better game with full payout is 9/6. In order to get more return for their games, the casinos changed their payments to 8/6 or 9/5. Any of these changes add more than one percent more to the casino fees. They later lowered the paytable to 8/5; 8 for 1 for a full house and 5 for 1 for a flush. This reduced the player’s return by more than two percent of the game with full payout. Still, limiting the changes to only the full house or flush,
It is no longer the rest of the paytable. Today casinos do anything. Sometimes, a casino reduces an entire additional line of the paytable. Other times, the casino reduces the payout to only the maximum credits played. In today’s competitive casino environment, nothing is sacred. The only way to know if you are going to receive the return you are thinking of receiving is to look at the entire paytable. You may be surprised at what you find.