The Best Video Poker Strategy

Video poker is one of the casino games, where the outcome depends not only on good luck, but mostly on gamblers' decisions. It is a game for intelligent players, which requires the knowledge of the basic strategy (the same is with blackjack strategy). The most popular game variation is Jacks or Better Video Poker, which has quite large payout and easy rules. Look through the full pay game table:

Jacks or Better Strategy

To get the new casino bonus offers while playing video poker, you should use the game basic strategy based on the initial cards combinations. All the hands are described in the order of their importance level and they are the following:

  1. 2 Pair or Better
    • 4 Royal Flush Cards
  2. Pay Pair (AA, KK, QQ, JJ)
    • 4 Royal Flush Cards
    • 4 Straight Flush Cards
  3. Non-Pay Pair (22)
    • Any 4 Flush Cards
    • 3 Royal Flush Cards
  4. The Two Lowest Pay Cards
    • Any 4 Flush Cards
    • 3 Royal Flush Cards
    • 3 Straight Flush Cards
  5. Only 1 Pay Card
    • Any 4 Flush Cards
    • 3 Straight Flush Cards
    • Ten-Paint Suited
    • Open-Ended Straight Draw
  6. No Pay Cards
    • Any 4 Flush Cards
    • 3 straight Flush Cards.

The first hand type is the most profitable one. If you get this card combination make sure whether it can be qualified for the payout. If it is so, hold it.

The second most favorable cards combination is Pay Pair one. There can be pair of Aces, Kings, Queens or Jacks. If the player has the hand consisting of two pairs, see the above recommendation. Of course, you can improve your hand after the redraw to better payout, but think is it really worth doing?

The third starting hand type consists of non-paying pairs (2s thru 10s). These combinations will be qualified to payout if they'll be improved to two-paired or 3-of-a-kind.

The fourth kind is a hand containing at least two of the pay cards (Ace, King, Queen, Jack) and other cards. Pay cards improve your hand value and give it bigger rank. It is recommended to keep two lowest bunch cards.

It is recommended to redraw all the cards and take another in the situation of your having the fifth or the sixth poker combination type.

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