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About video poker

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Video Poker is a game that is played on slots and is offered in many casinos and amusement arcades. It is based on the variant of five-card draw.


The earliest models were introduced to coincide with the first PCs in the mid 70s of last century. Video poker became popular during the 1980s, because the threshold for playing poker at one point was lower than playing at a table.

The game

The object of Video Poker is to achieve the highest five-card poker hand. The player rolls through a slot any amount of money into the machine, for newer devices, it is possible to introduce a piece of paper with a bar code. After the transaction process has been completed, the player will be allocated by a random five cards. He can now determine which and how many of these cards he wants to replace. After the exchange process has been completed, analyzes the machine”s hand. Depending on the combination, the player receives money paid.


Hand 1 token 2 tokens 3 tokens 4 tokens 5 tokens
Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
Quadruplet 25 50 75 100 125
Full House 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 6 12 18 24 30
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Triplet 3 6 9 12 15
Two pairs 2 4 6 8 10
Two Jacks or Better 1 2 3 4 5
Bank benefit 1,95 % 1,95 % 1,95 % 1,95 % 0,46 %

The big difference between the payment of a Royal flush, between four and five chips is that to give the players an incentive to play with larger stakes.


Depending on the machine, there are different variations that can be played with or without some joker (wildcard). The best-known version is by far the Jacks or Better. However, variants such as All American, Jacks or Better and Deuces Wild are commonly found.

State control

The machines are in the U.S. controlled by the state, whether the cards are dealt really random.

Normally the machines simulate the ten cards, the player can receive in the course of a hand, right at the beginning. Once it was a couple of players but managed to see through a trick, the sequence of five cards before they could be seen at all, is in new equipment since a generator installed, calculates the sequence of the second five cards only if they also needed be.

Translated and adapted from Wikipedia.

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