Online Video Poker has become one of the most popular casino games in existence today. The combination of luck and skill has garnered this game an unprecedented level of worldwide appeal. The mix of 21-century technology and Old West gambling make online video poker one of the favorite games among both new players and casino veterans alike. Very few games are as attractive or have earned this much attention. If you have yet to experience online video poker games, it is also one of the easiest games to learn.

Traditional video poker machines appeared in land-based casinos in the mid-1970's and their appeal has been expanding since their debut. Now, video poker is the hottest variety of machine gambling and every year new variations of online video poker are being produced. However, the primary object of all the games has not changed.

Winning at online video poker requires that a player must draw a winning hand from a deck of fifty-two cards. Several varieties of online video poker are available, so check your game for rules and pay tables. Choose the number of credits and the denomination (25c, $1 or $5) you would like to put into the game. You're allowed to bet anywhere from one to five coins. The amount that you can win will depend on the number of credits you chose to bet. The game will display the number of credits you bet. Almost all sensible players advocate always betting the highest number of credits to insure the most potential winnings and ensuring your shot at the jackpot.

After you have selected your bet, the online video poker game will deal out five cards. Your choices consist of holding or discarding each card in your hand. The most effective tactic for video poker is to keep cards that make strong hands and discard the rest. Nearly all games will display the hand rankings but we have included the list, from highest to lowest, for your reference:

Royal Flush

This is the best possible hand available in the game. This hand contains a 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace, all of the same suit.

Straight Flush

This is a hand with five cards of the same suit in order of rank. For example: J 10 9 8 7 (all spades).

Four of a Kind

This hand has four cards of the same rank. For example: K K K K 7.

Full House

This hand has three cards of the same rank and two other cards with the same rank. For example:
7 7 7 5 5

Flush

This hand has all five cards with the same suit.

Straight

This hand has all five cards in order of rank regardless of suit. An ace can be part of a high straight (A K Q J 10) or a low straight (A 2 3 4 5).

Three of a kind

This hand has three cards of the same rank. For example: Q Q Q 7 2

Two pair

This hand has two cards of one rank and two of another. For example: J J 8 8 5

One Pair

This hand has two cards of the same rank. For example: A A 7 3 2

High Card

This card has no pairs, straights or flushes. For example: K J 9 6 3 (King high).