How To Play Video Poker


Video Poker Objectives

Let’s learn how to play video poker. It’s easy and fun. The goal of video poker is to get the highest hand possible.

The Rules

This game is similar to and based on Poker. The only difference is that players are not playing against others, but rather trying to achieve the highest hand possible in order to gain higher payouts. After placing a credit bet, a player is dealt 5 cards. Players have the option to hold a hand, discarding cards for new ones, or draw a new hand.

The Winning Hands

The winning hands when you play Video Poker are outlined as follows:

Jacks Or Better Video Poker

Royal Flush Ace – King – Queen – Jack – 10 of the same suit
Straight Flush Five cards in sequence of the same suit
Four Of A Kind Any four cards of the same value
Full House Three of a kind and a pair
Flush Five cards from the same suit
Straight Any five cards in sequence but not of the same suit
Three Of A Kind Three cards of the same value and two unmatched cards
Two Pair Two cards with the same value with another two cards of the same value
Jacks Or Better One pair of Jacks or Higher

Deuces Wild Video Poker

In Deuces Wild Video Poker, a 52-card deck is used. Deuces (cards with a value of two) are used to create winning combinations.

Royal Flush Ace – King – Queen – Jack – 10 of the same suit
Four Deuces Any four twos
Wild Royal Flush Ace – King – Queen – Jack – 10 of the same suit but with a Joker replacing one with the 5 cards
Five Of A Kind Any four cards of the same value plus a Joker
Straight Flush Five cards in sequence of the same suit
Four Of A Kind Any four cards of the same value
Full House Three of a kind and a pair
Flush Five cards from the same suit
Straight Any five cards in sequence but not of the same suit
Three Of A Kind Three cards of the same value and two unmatched cards

All American Video Poker

A 52-card deck is used.

Royal Flush Ace – King – Queen – Jack – 10 of the same suit
Straight Flush Five cards in sequence of the same suit
Four Of A Kind Any four cards of the same value
Full House Three of a kind and a pair
Flush Five cards from the same suit
Straight Any five cards in sequence but not of the same suit
Three Of A Kind Three cards of the same value and two unmatched cards
Two Pair Two cards with the same value with another two cards of the same value
Jacks Or Better One pair of Jacks or Higher

Joker Poker

Royal Flush Ace – King – Queen – Jack – 10 of the same suit
Four Deuces Any four twos
Wild Royal Flush Ace – King – Queen – Jack – 10 of the same suit but with a Joker replacing one with the 5 cards
Five Of A Kind Any four cards of the same value plus a Joker
Straight Flush Five cards in sequence of the same suit
Four Of A Kind Any four cards of the same value
Full House Three of a kind and a pair
Flush Five cards from the same suit
Straight Any five cards in sequence but not of the same suit
Three Of A Kind Three cards of the same value and two unmatched cards
Kings Or Better One pair of Kings or Higher

Some video poker sites will actually feature jackpot poker, which is just pretty much normal poker, but with bigger prizes. Have a look through our listings to see the best sites to play poker. For a better understanding of the game play, we suggest that you check out our Poker Guide. For playing strategies we have Poker Strategies. And finally, so you can understand all the many poker terms and jargon words, we have a Poker Glossary.