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Video Poker Strategy Guide

Video poker is one casino game where knowing how to play properly can make a big difference to the long term outcome. You have to know what cards to hold and which cards to fold. Each different variation of video poker requires a slightly different strategy so we suggest learning correct play for Jacks or Better as a starting point. A simple strategy is shown below.

Quick Playing Tips

  • Always play maximum coins on every hand
  • Always take your time to make sure you hold the right cards
  • Always set a limit before you play

Jacks or Better Strategy

To use the following strategy you look at the first five cards you are dealt and then compare them to the list. You stop at the first time your cards match one of the items on the list and hold those cards. If none of your hand matches the list you should discard all of your cards and draw five more.

  1. Royal flush
  2. Straight Flush
  3. Four of a Kind
  4. Four cards to a royal flush
  5. Full House
  6. Straight
  7. Flush
  8. Three of a Kind
  9. Four cards to a straight flush
  10. Two Pairs
  1. High Pair (J. Q, K or A)
  2. Three cards to a royal flush
  3. Four cards to a flush
  4. Low Pair
  5. Four cards to an outside straight
  6. Two high cards suited
  7. Three cards to a straight flush
  8. Two unsuited high cards
  9. 10-J, 10-Q or 10-K suited
  10. Any high card

Strategies for Other Games

If you are looking for strategies for other variations of video poker then we highly recommend VP Strategy Master from Zamzone Software. This is one of the tools that every video poker player should look at getting. the software generates simple and advanced strategies for a large range of games and gives you the option of adding your own games or pay tables.

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