Enjoy Online Video Poker at Jackpot City

When electronic slot machines were introduced in land-based casinos, the opportunity arose to create a poker game that could be played on a machine. This exciting card game attracts a huge following, and after just a single hand, it’s easy to see why.

Video Poker at its best

If you have never played video poker online, the good news is that getting started at Jackpot City is really easy.

  1. Login or Sign Up: Simply login to your existing account or sign up by clicking the sign up button and fill out the registration form.
  2. Deposit: If you want to play for real money, you can make a deposit into your Jackpot City account.
  3. Choose your Game: Jackpot City offers a variety of video poker games to keep you entertained. Pick the game you feel is best suited to you.
  4. Set your Wager: The usual wager is set from 1 – 5 credits or coins. You can adjust your bet by clicking/tapping the arrows next to the Bet/Wager button.
  5. Deal the Cards: Hit Deal to receive your initial 5 card poker hand.
  6. Choose your Hand: Once the player has placed their bet, five cards will be dealt from the deck. The aim of video poker is to create the highest poker hand possible using the cards you have been dealt. Once the second set of cards have been dealt, the game will automatically determine whether the player has a winning hand and will pay out accordingly.
  7. Understand your Hand’s Value: Because you are playing directly against the computer, winning is based purely on the hand you are holding. Video poker machines base the value of your hand on the poker hierarchy itself, and the value of your hand depicted on the paytable for the video poker game you are playing.
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Popular Video Poker Titles

Jackpot City proudly offers players a wide variety of different video poker games.

  • Jacks or Better: This is the most popular and in this game, players can choose from single deck poker or multi deck poker. Players can also choose to play a single hand poker or multi hand poker where you can play up to 5 hands against the dealer at the same time.
  • Deuces Wild: In Deuces Wild, the number 2 is wild and can be used to substitute for any other card in the deck in order to create a winning combination.
  • Jokers Wild (Joker Poker): In Joker Poker, the Joker is wild and plays the same role. In these games, the minimum winning hand is increased to a pair of kings or better because of the wild cards in play.

Video Poker: Need to Know

Learn more about the important lingo and winning combinations in Jackpot City's video poker titles:

Basic Video Poker Terminology

  • Action: Refers to the total amount wagered during a full gaming session on a video poker machine.
  • Credits: Represents the real-money value or demo play credits stored in your account for gameplay.
  • Discard: The option to choose whether to keep or discard any cards from the initial hand dealt by the video poker machine.
  • Draw: The action of exchanging cards, both at the beginning and after choosing which cards to keep, to improve the hand.
  • Hold: The decision to keep one or more cards from the initial hand dealt.
  • Face Card: Cards with images, namely Kings, Queens, and Jacks, distinguished as face cards in video poker.
  • Ace-High: A hand consisting primarily of cards with a single Ace when no other card combinations are available.
  • House Edge: The slight advantage the casino holds over players in video poker games, typically lower compared to other online games like slots.
  • Inside Straight: A hand needing one specific card in the middle of a sequence to complete a winning hand.
  • Max Bet: The highest possible wager on a video poker game for a single game round.
  • Multi-hand: The option to play multiple hands at the same time, increasing the excitement and potential winnings.
  • Pay Table: A comprehensive guide outlining the potential payouts for each hand combination in video poker.
  • Pat Hand: A hand that cannot be improved by drawing additional cards, indicating a strong hand from the initial deal.

Video Poker Winning Hands

  • Royal Flush: Comprised of the Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and Ten of the same suit.
  • Straight Flush: Five consecutive cards of the same suit, such as Queen through 8 of Hearts.
  • Four of a Kind: Consists of four cards with identical values but different suits, with the fifth card being irrelevant.
  • Full House: Three cards of the same value paired with two cards of another value.
  • Flush: Five random cards from the same suit.
  • Straight: Five cards dealt consecutively, with Aces counting as either high or low.
  • Three of a Kind: Three cards with the same value but different suits, with the fourth and fifth cards being irrelevant.
  • Pair: Two cards of the same value, with the remaining three cards being irrelevant.
  • Two Pairs: Two sets of cards with the same value, with the fifth card being unimportant.
  • High Card: When no winning combinations are present, the highest card in the hand determines its strength.
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Video Poker Tips and Strategies

Here are several strategies punters use when playing video poker online:

  • Practice - Learn the basics of poker by reading the rules and understanding the usual winning hands in poker. Fortunately, we provide players with the option of testing the game in Demo mode before playing video poker for real money.
  • Pay Tables - Understand the pay tables for each game, as payouts vary by hand. To lower the house edge and maximize your chances of winning, always choose a 9/6-or-better pay table.
  • Maximize your bets - Video poker games offer the option to bet 1-5 coins. Choose 5 coins to maximize your possible winnings. But if that exceeds your betting limit, go lower. Play responsibly and enjoy!
  • Lower Pairs vs. Single Hand Cards - Remember that low pairings are preferable to a single high card. Keep any pair, no matter how low. It's better to have something than nothing, yet with only one good card, your prospects of making a high-ranking hand are slim.
  • Royal Flush vs. Straight or a Flush - To increase your chances of getting a Royal Flush, break up any straight or flush. If not, then keep them.

Mobile Video Poker

The very first video poker machines were fixed machines, very much like slots, and were to be found only in the casino halls of Las Vegas. Back then, we marvelled at what these machines were able to do. That was before the age of online casino games and later, mobile casino games.

It’s as easy as placing a bet, receiving your cards, and working the hand to achieve the best possible combination; the only difference is that you now have the convenience of playing wherever you are and whenever you want on your mobile device.

It's quick, it’s convenient, and best of all, it can be accessed on the go.

Video Poker FAQs

What is the difference between video poker and traditional poker?

Video poker is played against a computerized machine, while traditional poker involves playing against other players. In video poker, players are dealt a hand and can choose which cards to keep or discard, aiming to create the best possible hand. Traditional poker involves rounds of betting and strategic decision-making based on opponents' actions and hand strength.

What is the payout percentage of video poker games?

The payout percentage, also known as the return to player (RTP) rate, varies depending on the specific video poker game. Generally, video poker games offer competitive payout percentages ranging from approximately 95% to over 99%. Jackpot City provides detailed information on the RTP for each video poker game offered on the platform.

Are video poker machines won at random?

Video poker machines utilize random number generators (RNGs) to ensure fair and unbiased outcomes. These RNGs produce random sequences of numbers that determine the cards dealt in each hand, guaranteeing that the game is based on chance and not influenced by external factors. Jackpot City's video poker machines adhere to strict regulatory standards to maintain randomness and fairness.

Can I play video poker for free?

Yes, Jackpot City offers the option to play video poker for free in demo mode. Players can access a variety of video poker games without risking real money, allowing them to practice strategies, familiarize themselves with the gameplay, and enjoy the entertainment value of video poker without financial commitment.

What is a progressive jackpot in video poker?

A progressive jackpot in video poker is a continuously growing prize pool that accumulates over time. To qualify for the progressive jackpot, players usually need to make a maximum bet and achieve a rare hand combination, such as a royal flush. Jackpot City offers several video poker games with progressive jackpots, providing players with the opportunity to win substantial prizes.