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Online Casino Project is making every effort to provide you with the ultimate video poker tips guide online. Learning these video poker casino strategies will help you to win more often (or at least minimize your losses).  Read our gambling tips for related online casino tips and gaming strategies.

 

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Video poker is indeed a class of gambling game that facilitates the use of a strategy - showing positive and consistent results when executed appropriately with sound poker sense.  Most video poker players will agree on what cards to hold and what cards to discard, for video poker - unlike table poker - does not have multiple betting rounds, nor factor in bluffing and betting patterns into the equation.  On the other hand, the game consists of making a single bet, a single round of discarding, and maybe a high-card showdown (which, incidentally, is the part of video poker that rests on pure luck and not strategy). 

Some players espouse using specific wagering strategies. One such popular system is the 200 coin strategy, which advises players to gamble in 200 coin sessions in order to maximize the chances of hitting a high paying hand, such as a straight flush or royal flush.  The basis behind the strategy is that video poker machines can often go through more than one-hundred hands without giving a substantial payout.  By maximizing the playing time, and consequently the number of hands, a player is more likely to hit the elusive Royal Flush, which according to statistical odds, should hit once every 40,000 hands.  But all players should know that online casino software is entirely unpredictable and random.  For all anybody knows, a video poker machine may take 500 hands to produce a big winner, or, it may take only ten.  The idea is to hold out as long as possible, since the big wins come up less frequently.  Of course, the larger the betting stake, the larger the payout - which is why this strategy also incorporates the use of winnings.  For instance, the 200 coin system advises to only make single coin bets.  For nickels, a player would need $10 worth; Dime wagers correspond to a $20 bankroll; $50 is needed in quarters; And a $200 bankroll would be needed to cover 200 $1 wagers.  However, every time a player wins a hand, on the next hand he or she should bet a single coin plus the winnings from the previous hand.  If the hand wins again, the player should keep betting in the same manner.  Once a multiple coin wager loses, the player should default back to a single coin per wager, unless of course another win takes place.  As opposed to betting systems like the Martingale, this wagering strategy does not chase after losses, but rather, makes use of winnings.  If the player doubles their bankroll using this system, they should set that money aside, and start the 200 coin sequence over again.

In regards to managing one's bankroll while playing video poker, this strategy is a reliable and safe one to follow.  However, in order to maximize the number of winning hands,  ultimately optimizing the 200 coin system, specific card strategy is needed.  These are all described below, going into more detail via the specific strategy links immediately following (at the very bottom of the page). If a player decides to not use the 200 coin system, that is okay.  However, following the specific card strategies listed below is vital to continued success at video poker.  Beginning with Jacks or Better, the following tips state what starting hands are the best to keep and which cards are the best to discard.  Just like table poker players must unceasingly ask themselves when the right time to fold is, video poker players must ask the ever-present question of which cards to hold and which to discard.  The following contains general video poker strategy tips, backed by card drawing strategies specific to Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild and Jokers Wild:

Tip #1 --------- Always Hold Paying Hands

The one exception to this rules is a paying hand that also has potential of becoming a Royal Flush.  This is the highest paying hand at video poker by far, and all smaller earnings should be risked if at least four cards are lined up to form a Royal.  An example of this hand would be a suited 10, Jack, King, King (unsuited), and Ace.  Although the pair of kings is a winning hand, all that is needed for a Royal Flush is a Queen of the same suit.  Therefore, the unsuited King should be discarded.

Tip #2 --------- Never Risk Earnings in the High Card Showdown Bonus

Playing the high card showdown is a dangerous practice, and is based strictly on luck.  A players winnings will be lost more times than the promise of double winnings actually manifesting.  Players who are chasing losses often get caught playing the high card bonus, in hopes of doubling their earnings.  Players should rather follow a disciplined money management strategy, and not let themselves become tempted by greed.

Aside from following the aforementioned 200 coin stakes strategy, (or one of similar substance) and the above tips during all video poker machines  the following card strategies are useful at individual machines:

Jacks or Better

Always hold the following cards, discarding all others:

A potential straight flush, meaning there is at lest three cards of the same suit not separated by more than five card values from high to low card.
A potential royal flush, meaning there is at lest three individual face cards 10 or Ace of the same suit.
A potential flush, meaning there are at least four cards of the same suit.
All low pairs (10 and below) - in hopes of hitting a three of a kind.
A potential straight, meaning there are at least four consecutive cards not separated by more than five card values from high to low card.
All high cards (10 thru Ace) of the same suit, or any two high cards of dissimilar suit, or any lone high card.
Jack, Queen and/or King of dissimilar suits as well as a suited 10 with a Jack, Queen or King.

Deuces Wild

Always hold all deuces.  Hold the following hands, discarding all others:

A four card potential royal flush, even if the hand is already a smaller win, such as a high pair.
A three card potential royal flush, meaning there are no other inherent winning hands and at least three cards (10 thru Ace) of the same suit.
A potential straight flush, meaning there is at least three cards of the same suit not separated by more than five card values from high to low card.
A potential flush, meaning there are at least four cards of the same suit.
A potential straight, meaning there are at least four consecutive cards not separated by more than five card values from high to low card.
Any Pair as well as any two suited cards ranging from 10 thru King.

Jokers Wild (Kings or Better)

Always hold all Jokers. Hold the following hands if the Joker is in the hand:

A four card potential royal flush, even if the hand is already a smaller win, such as a high pair.
A three card potential royal flush
All three of a kinds
A potential high straight flush that includes four consecutive cards of the same suit with at least a King or an Ace.
A potential three-card straight flush, meaning three cards of the same suit are not separated by more than five card values from high to low card.
Any High Pair ( King or Ace)
A potential flush, meaning there are at least four cards of the same suit (excluding Kings and Aces)
A potential straight, meaning there are at least four consecutive cards not separated by more than five card values from high to low card.

In hands without the Joker, hold the following hands, discarding all others:

A four card potential royal flush, forfeiting all smaller paying hands.
A potential two-card royal flush, composed with at least two suited cards, 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace.
A potential straight flush with at least three consecutive cards of the same suit, separated by more than five card values from high to low card.
A potential royal flush, meaning there is at lest three individual face cards 10 or Ace of the same suit.
A potential four-card flush
All  pairs
(2 thru Queen), in hopes of hitting three of a kind.
A potential straight, meaning there are at least four consecutive cards not separated by more than five card values from high to low card.
Ace or King of dissimilar suits as well as a solitary Kings and Aces

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