Learning the Basics of Playing Online Video Poker

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There are plenty of variants of poker that you can play online and one of them is video poker. Video poker is similar to a slot machine but with different mechanics. If you haven’t played video poker yet, then you can try doing so in most online casino websites.

You’ll be able to find tons of variations of video poker, which is one of its advantages. Being a variant of the most popular casino card game itself, video poker provides players with numerous options. In addition to its wide variety of choices, it’s also quite simple to learn.

So if you feel like wanting a change from the usual online poker tables and games you’ve been playing, then video poker might be a good way to refresh your gaming experience. To help you go about playing, this article will give you the basics of playing online video poker.

Video poker mechanics

The first thing you do to play video poker online is to “insert” your money (make a deposit). The money you deposited will be used as coins or credits to play the game. Once you’ve deposited your money you’ll decide how much you would want to wager on each hand.

Once you’ve decided how much you want to bet per hand, you can press the deal button. When you do, your account on the machine is debited by your bet amount, and you get five cards dealt to you. You have the option of keeping any combination of cards and of discarding any combination of cards.

Once you’ve decided which cards to keep and which ones to dispose of, the software deals you replacement cards, and then you’ll get paid based on the strength of your hand. The game continues until you’re out of money or ready to quit. PNXBET online casino games include different variants of video poker that you can enjoy playing for free so you have the chance to get the hang of it until you’re ready to bet with real money.

How video poker works

Instead of symbols on spinning reels, video poker takes place over five “stops,” with each result coming from a deck of standard playing cards. Since the probability of getting any particular card or any particular combinations of cards is known, you can compare the payouts for certain hands with the probability of getting that hand and get an expected payback percentage.

You get paid off based on the poker hand ranking that you have. The top-paying hand is a royal flush and next to that is a straight flush and so on.

Video poker tables

The paytable is what determines how much you’ll win based on the strength of a given hand. One of the important things that you’ll see is that the hands all pay out the same regardless of how much coins you bet, except for the royal flush. Most pay tables that you’ll find are similar to a greater or less degree, depending on the video poker variant you’re playing.


Video poker may look like a slot machine but unlike it, this game gives you some control of your destiny. It’s one poker variant that you’ll certainly enjoy, especially if you like skill games. It’s transparent and exciting which makes it definitely worth your while.

Author’s Bio:

Luther Abrams is an online game and sports enthusiast who spent his younger years playing and watching basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, and badminton games, among the many others. Today, as an early retiree, he continues to write about his love and passion for sports. On most days, he also loves to play ball with his two kids

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