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Video Poker is one of the most exciting new casino games that combines the huge payouts of slot machines with the skill of draw poker. The rules of online video poker are the same as casino video poker - to make the best possible poker hand. Typically, the poker game is Five-Card Draw. In this variation of poker, the player is dealt five cards and is able to keep or discard one or more of the original cards dealt in order to be dealt new cards that will improve her hand. All video poker machines have listed on them what is called their payout schedule. This tells the player how much he will be paid for each poker hand based on how many coins were inserted.Here is a simple run-down of the rules of our Video Poker game. Card Ranks:
Almost all poker games use a regular deck of 52 cards, comprised of four suits (clubs, diamonds, heart and spades) that each have 13 cards ranking as follows from highest to lowest: ace, king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. (Note that the poker rules for most games stipulate that the ace can also be counted as the lowest card).
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Basic rules 1
When you are dealt replacement cards for your discards, your new hand is evaluated. Based on what kind of hand you're holding, you'll receive a certain number of points. Hands are listed below, from best (highest scoring), to worst (no score):
ROYAL STRAIGHT FLUSH (ROYAL FLUSH) The highest five denomination, all in the same suit: STRAIGHT FLUSH Five cards in denomination sequence, all in the same suit: FOUR OF A KIND Four cards of the same denomination: FULL HOUSE Three cards of one denomination and two of another denomination: FLUSH All five cards in the same suit: STRAIGHT Five cards in denomination sequence: THREE OF A KIND Three cards of the same denomination: TWO PAIR Two cards of the denomination and two cards of another denomination: ONE PAIR Two cards of the same denomination: HIGH CARD The card of the highest denomination. Ace is the highest and Deuce is the lowest. Tiebreakers go to the next highest card.
A fold means that the player does not want to spend more money to vie for the pot; therefore, he discards his cards and is no longer a part of the hand. A call means that the player stands in the hand by betting an amount equal to the current bet. A raise means that the player increases the current bet. A reraise is a raise of a previous raise. Betting ends when all who wish to call the highest bet have done so or when all but one player has dropped out. The poker rules for the specific game may limit the number of raises allowed. However if only two players are in the pot they can keep raising each other indefinitely.
The sequence of dealing cars and having a round of betting continues according to the poker rules of the specific game. At the end of the last betting round, all players who are left in the hand have a showdown in which the player with the best hand is awarded the pot. It is the obligation of the player who made the last bet or raise (not call) to show her hand first in the showdown.
The other remaining players then show their hands in a clockwise fashion. However, the other players do not have to show their hands; if they know they are beaten, they can just concede the pot. Remember that not all hands will reach the showdown stage; very often, a player will win the pot because all other players have folded their cards. These are some basic poker rules that should help you in your game of online poker.
VIDEO POKER GLOSSARY * Boat - Another name for a full house. * Catching Cards - Getting favorable cards. * Cowboys - Kings. * Fishhooks - Jacks. * Flush - Five cards of the same suit. * Four of a Kind - Four cards of the same rank. * Full House - A hand consisting of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank. * Joker - (Also, Wild Card) A card that can be labelled whatever suit and rank the possessor wishes to. * Ladies - Queens. * Max Bet - The maximum amount of coins that you can play per spin. It is of the most importance when playing progressive slots because usually the max bet must be played to qualify for the big jackpot. * Progressive Jackpot - The big jackpot that grows progressively as people play. For each spin/hand played the machine adds a small credit to the running jackpot total. Sometimes several machines are linked up together to form a combined large jackpot, and also several casinos may join together to form an inter-casino progressive jackpot that can generate very large sums. * Quads - Four of a kind. * Rainbow - Three or four cards of different suits. * Royal Straight Flush - An ace high straight flush. Also called a Royal Flush, or simply a Royal. * Straight - Five cards of consecutive ranks or in sequence. * Straight Flush - A hand consisting of five cards of consecutive ranks and of the same suit. * Suit - Any one of the four types of cards: clubs, diamonds, hearts or spades. * Trips - Three of a kind. ^TOP