Online Gambling: Video Poker
Article written by Sam Creen
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Online video poker is an extremely popular game to play in Internet-based casinos. When you play video poker online, you need to have a basic understanding of the game. But since in online video poker playing you’re playing against the computer or “dealer” only, there are a lot fewer distractions than in a live game. You can play at your own speed and this allows you ample time to make strategic decisions about your hand or your bets.
Here’s some general information about playing video poker online. First, your should know that video poker playing online is a lot different than playing slot machines. You have a better chance to win your online video poker wagering than you do at a slot machine. And, video poker actually requires some tactical thinking similar to what you’d encounter in a live game, making it a generally more entertaining way to spend your time in an online casino.
Here’s how gambling on video poker online works: First, you need to make a bet for online video poker gambling. Usually you can set the machine to a bet a specific bet amount, such as $1, on every hand. Then, depending on the game, you receive your cards. In draw video poker, for example, you’ll receive 5 cards. And here’s where the strategy comes in: You get to decide which cards to keep and which to discard, again, just like in a live game. After the discard, you receive replacement cards in what’s called a “draw.” Depending on the value of your hand after the draw, you’ll either win or lose based on the machine’s odds table. Since odds tables can vary from machine to machine, the payout for hands can vary as well. Many machines require a minimum hand of a pair of jacks or better to pay out. Here are a couple of payout examples: a pair of jacks or better pays 1 to 1; a straight pays 5 to 1, a full house pays 8 to 1 and a straight flush pays 50 to 1. So, it’s possible to for online video poker wagers to pay off big.
Online video poker gambling can be a lot of fun. And since the game takes longer that just hitting the “spin reels” button on a slot machine, your online video poker bets will help your bankroll last longer.