Last updated: Oct 17, 2006
The game of Video Poker is a relatively modern invention as compared to classical casino games such as roulette or baccarat. It was created in the seventies and still the number of variations of video Poker is constantly increasing.
Online gambling made a new impact. Every casino-software company tries to invent its own version of Video Poker to attract new players with new game options.
Video Poker games with wild cards
Wild cards can be used instead of any other card in the standard 52 card deck, so you can change its face value and/or suit to work with the hand you have.
The most often used wild cards are the 2's (deuces), jokers and 7's. In "Deuces Wild" video poker all deuces are wild cards
The hand that is made up using a wild card is sometimes valued equally to the normal hand and sometimes it is valued less - this all depends upon which machine you are playing.
In Joker Wild there are additional Joker wild card. It means that you are playing with 53 card deck
In any video poker game with wild cards you have far better chance of getting good hands. So the payout schedule is adjusted accordingly the favor of the casino.
Video Poker games without wild cards
In the second category there are only the 52 cards of the deck. The most usual machines of such a type are the Jacks or Better and the Bonus Poker.
Progressive Video poker games
A progressive jackpot means that a certain percentage of every bet from a group of video poker machines in a casino, or even across different casinos goes to the progressive jackpot pool.
Power Video Poker
One of the recent additions to online casino software is power poker, a game where you can play up to 5 hands of Video Poker at once.
During a game of Power Poker the dealer will deal you four hands of five cards each.
When you receive your first hand you must decide which cards to hold and which to discard. When you hold a card in the first hand, all the cards in the same positions in the other hands will take the same value. The payout at the end of the game is dependent on the value of the hand you are holding. If you have won, the game will offer you an additional opportunity to increase your winnings by participating in a doubling phase.