Video Poker Strategy

There are a few strategies that one can use while playing video poker. The odds on a given hand vary from game to game, but the house edge on video poker is small, sometimes as small as 0%. Having knowledge about the game is very important. Lack of knowledge makes one more prone to losing money, and huge sums too. Different variations of video poker game has its own quirks when it comes to the odds and optimum player strategy, Though one cannot provide adequate strategies as they will take pages and pages, but below mentioned are something that will help you and and increase your chances of winning. A player needs to be smart and proactive while playing this game.

Jacks or better:
It is not a very easy strategy to understand. In fact, it is one of the most complicated strategies in the game of poker. The below mentioned reference may help to make it a lot easier to understand.
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Keep any hand that already pays. Possible exceptions, by potential value, are:

  • Hold four card Royal Flushes to make Straights or Flushes.
  • Four card straight flushes, inside or outside.
  • High card Pairs rank here.
  • Three card Royal Flushes.
  • Four card Flushes.
  • Low Pairs rank here, trying to build Three Of A Kind.
  • Four card Flushes.
  • Four card Straights. Hold inside Straights only if you’ve got three or more high cards (J, Q, K, A).

If you’ve got nothing worth money, here’s a general strategy, in order of preference:

  • Keep any two suited high cards. Discard unsuited high cards.
  • Four mixed-suit high cards:
    – Keep any three suited, toss the unsuited.
    – Otherwise, keep them all.
  • Three unsuited high cards:
    – keep all three of K-Q-J.
    – with A-K-J or A-Q-J, discard the A.
  • Keep any two unsuited high cards.
  • Keep any single high card.

Tens or better

Same strategy as Jacks Or Better where 10 is now a high card.

Deuces wild

General strategy includes, best options first:

  • Hold any 5 Of A Kind or Royal Flush.
  • Else, if you’ve got four 2’s: keep ’em!.
  • Else, if you’ve got three 2’s:
    -hold any made 5 Of A Kind or Royal Flush
    -otherwise, keep the 2’s and discard the rest.
  • Else, if you’ve got two 2’s:
    -hold any made Straight, Five Of A Kind or Royal Flush.
    -hold any 4 of a Kind.
    -hold any 4 of a Royal Flush.
    -otherwise, keep the 2’s and discard the rest.
  • Else, if you’ve got a single 2, keep any made hand EXCEPT:
    -hold four card Royal Flushes over made Straights, Flushes and Straight Flushes.
    -keep four card Straight Flushes of all types.
    -hold three card Royal Flushes .
    -pairs: with two pair, keep one, but not both.
    -hold four card Flushes.
    -hold four card Straights.
    -hold three card Straight Flushes, including gaps.
    -hold four card inside Straights.
    -hang on to two card Q or J high Straight Flushes .
    -discard two card Royal Flushes.
    -if you’ve come this low in the list, discard everything and try again.