The Anatomy of Video Poker Variations

Date Published: August 23, 2013

At any given online casino, there could be dozens of different types of video poker. For a player who is looking to get into this type of game, it can be tricky to decide where to start. Knowing how video poker styles vary from each other and what the most basic types are can really help a lot when it comes to figuring out which type of you want to play. Here we want to offer you a comprehensive breakdown of the different types of video poker and what styles work best for different types of players.

Almost all video poker games can be broken down into two styles: wild card and non-wild card. The most basic non-wild card game is Jacks or Better, and the most basic wild card style is Deuces Wild. Pick any video poker style that you can think of, and it will usually be based on one of these two games. If you want to know where to start in your video poker career, then these two games are definitely it. Learning the correct strategies for these two games will set you up to become a nearly-perfect video poker player in the shortest amount of time possible.

The paytables in video poker show you what payouts you get for different prizes, and they are usually most of what sets different games apart from each other. In a game like Aces and Faces, you get better payouts for certain four of a kind hands, and you get lower payouts for some of the worse hands like flushes and full houses. This results in a high-volatility game that gives you better chances to win large sums of money in a short period of time. There are endless variations that can be done with paytables, so make sure you pay attention to what you're looking at.

Even within the same game, there can be different paytables. For each game, there is a paytable known as the "full pay" version. For Jacks or Better, this is known as the 9/6 variation that pays out 9x for a full house and 6x for a flush. You'll often find 8/6, 9/5 and even 8/5 versions at online casinos, and these have much worse payout percentages. Avoid playing these games and always go for the best paytables you can find.

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