Video Poker - Tips to RememberWritten by Tom McBroom
Video poker is an easy game to learn to play well, so do take time to learn basic draw strategy, as well as best machines to play (the ones with most favorable payout schedule). In addition, tips below will give you a better chance of winning and overall make game more enjoyable.
+ Never keep a kicker (an extra card, often an ace) with any pair. This lowers your chance of drawing three of a kind.
+ Make certain "hold" button shows for each card you want to hold before pushing draw button.
+ Make sure machine uses a "hold" button. Most do, but a few use a "discard" button instead, where you indicate cards you want to discard by pushing button instead of cards you want to hold.
Video Poker - Play Maximum Coins?Written by Tom McBroom
The arguments are almost endless about whether or not to play maximum number of coins on each hand in video poker. We'll attempt to make some sense of it for you.
In almost video poker machines, payout is proportionally same regardless of number of coins bet. In other words, if you have a winning hand that pays 10 for one coin bet, it will pay 20 for two coins bet, 30 for three coins bet, etc.
As a result, there is no advantage to playing more than one coin - WITH ONE EXCEPTION: A ROYAL FLUSH! If you hit a royal flush, you are almost always paid five times normal odds if you bet maximum coins.
For example, assume you're playing a machine that pays 200 for a royal flush with one coin bet. It will then typically pay 400 for two coins, 600 for three coins, and 800 for four coins. There is no advantage to playing, say, four coins instead of one because payout is exactly four times one coin payout.