Video Poker Hands
Playing Video Poker requires an understanding of the various poker hands.
Video Poker card suits
Video Poker is played with a 52-card deck split into four different suits. This suits are: Clubs - Diamonds - Hearts - Spades.
Neither suit is more or less powerful than another except on specialized
Video Poker card ranks
Each of four suits contains 13 cards. Cards rank from lowest (2) to highest (10) in value. Above the numbered cards are the Jack, Queen and King. The Ace is ranked as the highest card but can also be ranked as a 1 if required.
Video Poker hands
A poker hand consists of 5 cards. There are various card combinations in Video Poker and each combination has a different value based on the difficulty and odds of getting such a hand. They are listed below in order of difficulty from the most difficult (and most points) to the easiest (and fewest points).
Remember that the cards will not usually be in order when displayed on the screen.
This is the highest value hand possible. It contains all "royal cards" (Aces, King, Queen, Jack, and a 10), all in the same suit.
The five cards must be in sequential order, and they must be of the same suit. This is both a straight and a flush in the same hand.
The Ace can be used as a low card in order to achieve a straight flush e.g.. Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5 all of the same suit.
Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same rank, such as four jacks. It's often called "quads" or "4oak"
A Full House (also called "Full Boat") contains 3 cards of the same rank along with 2 other cards of the same rank.
Five cards of the same suit. They do not have to be consecutive.
Five consecutive cards, such as 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. They need not be of the same suit. An ace can be used in two ways. It can be have a value of 1, and be placed in an A, 2, 3, 4, 5 sequence, or it can also be placed above the king in a 10, J, Q, K, A sequence.
Three of a kind
Three cards of the same value along with 2 other unrelated cards. Example: three "tens". It's often called "trips" or "3oak".
It contains 2 cards of the same rank and another 2 cards of the same rank There is also a fifth unrelated card. Suits are different.
Two of the five cards are the same value. The cards must be jacks or higher to be considered a winner (eg. Jacks or Better Video Poker). But some machine will not pay for a pair of any kind but will require two pair or three of a kind as their minimum winning hand (eg. Dueces Wild).
It is the lowest type of hand possible. You cannot create a better hand with your 5 cards then what remains . This has no value to the Video Poker player.
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