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About The Video Poker Game

A fun and exciting casino game is video poker. Just like slots, video poker is also played on a machine and does not involve other players. There are many similarities between video poker and slots but video poker also involves the rules of five card draw poker. Most advanced and experienced gambles consider video poker more superior to the slots games because incase of video poker, the skills of a player affects the outcome of the game. In case of slots machines the payouts are fixed but for video poker the payout depends on how the player goes about the game.

Though the game first come about in the 1970s, it did not gain instant popularity with the people. It was during the 1980s that slowly people began to take up the game. Initially those players who were nervous or intimidated by the table games took up video poker as it gives the player the freedom alone but at the same time requires strategic thinking and skills. This game was seen as a much easier version than live table poker games or blackjack.

The rules of video poker are relatively simple and easy to understand. The player selects the number of coins he wants to wager and places the bets. The cards are displayed on the computer screen. There are several buttons like the hold and deal buttons with the help of which the players can decide whether they want to retain the cards dealt out or discard them. It is always advisable to play with maximum bet as it gives large payouts on bigger bets.

There are several types of video poker games which the players can choose from like deuces wild, jacks or better etc. The players can opt to play the single hand or multi-hand versions where they can play 5, 10, 50 or up to 100 hands simultaneously.

The payout for video poker differs from machine to machine and also depends on the hand. The highest payback percentage in video poker can be up to 99.5% if jacks or better version is played perfectly. For deuces wild video poker games can give payback of up to 100.7%. But when playing in reality, most players cannot play the game perfectly because of which the payback percentages can get reduced by around 6%. Because of this video poker is considered to be one of the most profitable games in casinos, especially because in video poker games players can play nearly 500 hands within an hour.

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