What is Video Poker?

Video poker was first introduced to the casino world 1970s. Obviously this was before the time of online casinos and the machines were known as Poker Slots. These were seen simply as another Slot machine involving no interaction with a dealer or other players and with card combinations that are completely random. This is through a Random Number Generator (RNG). The RNG is constantly shuffling and reshuffling the deck of 52 cards. Then when the player presses ‘deal’ the machine deals (or displays) the five cards at the top of the deck. And the RNG is always running and always shuffling.

But unlike Slot machines which are entirely random and work purely on chance, Video Poker does involve a level of skill and the player’s actions do play a role in the eventual outcome. And for the mathematically-minded the perfect playing strategy can be formulated. The set number of cards means that the possible combinations and frequency of combinations can be calculated. (In fact, in the past Video Poker has been allowed where Slots were banned as it was considered a game of skill rather than a game of luck!)

And the best advice regarding Video Poker is to always keep a royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, three of a kind, or two of a pair! Pretty basic really…