Video poker is a very popular game in the electronic gambling business. However, even though it is similar to the real live game, it is very different because you are basically playing against yourself and you don’t have opponents to try and read as you make your bet. You have to get a winning hand in order to win, you can’t bluff your way to a win with a losing hand. Some tips to help you get that winning hand are included below. Keep in mind that even with these tips, the machine uses a random number generator and you still need luck to win.
You have a better chance of hitting an open-ended straight than you do a gut-shot straight. And whatever you do, never accept the casino bonus. That is just not smart. Open-ended straights have 8 winning cards to draw to while a gut-shot straight only has four. Also keep in mind that if you have this same scenario and three of the four cards are the same suit, you have an even better chance of hitting a flush than you do the straight.
Don’t hold two different face cards, it typically doesn’t pay off. Choose one and hope for at least a pair or play for a flush or straight if you have more than two face cards. Make sure you read the game rules for winning hands. For example, if you are playing Jacks or Better you only need a pair of jacks; however, if you are playing Aces you need a pair of Aces or better.
Make sure you are betting enough credits to get a decent payout or you will simply be winning back your credits. If you are on a quarter machine you should play two or three credits at least. If it’s a progressive machine, make sure you are betting enough to win the jackpot should you get the winning hand, usually a Royal Flush but could be five of a kind in deuces wild.
These tips won’t guarantee that you win in video poker, but they will increase your odds. You simply have to play smart and hope Lady Luck is on your side.