Getting to Know Video Poker

Before video poker was popularized in the ‘70s, people had to choose between playing slot machines alone, or playing skill-based games in a group. There was a sizable difference in house edge, too, with slots having a higher house edge than table games. Video poker provided a third option. It’s ideal for players who like skill-based games with low house edges, but also prefer to play solo.

The game’s premise is simple. After putting one to five coins into the machine, you receive a five-card hand from a 52-card deck. Choose which cards to hold on to, and the rest of them will be swapped for new, and hopefully improved, cards. Then, you win a payout if you received the minimum required hand as outlined in the game’s paytable.

Although all video poker machines follow the same basic premise, several variants offer their own unique twists. Café Casino offers 11 video poker games. See how they compare in terms of minimum required hand, wild cards, which sub in to create winning hands, and the payouts for the standard full house and flush hands. All video poker games at Café Casino offer a 4,000-coin jackpot for a royal flush on five-coin wagers.

Deuces Wild and Bonus Deuces Wild
3 of a Kind Minimum | Deuces are Wild | 4-3

Loose Deuces
3 of a Kind Minimum | Deuces are Wild | 3-2

Bonus Poker
Pair of Jacks Minimum | No Wilds | 8-5

Bonus Poker Deluxe
Pair of Jacks Minimum | No Wilds | 8-6

Double Bonus Poker
Pair of Jacks Minimum | No Wilds | 10-7

Double Double Bonus Poker
Pair of Jacks Minimum | No Wilds | 9-6

Double Jackpot Poker
Pair of Jacks Minimum | No Wilds | 8-5

Double Double Jackpot Poker
Pair of Jacks Minimum | No Wilds | 9-6

Jacks or Better (1 to 52 hands)
Pair of Jacks Minimum | No Wilds | 9-6

Joker Poker (one to 52 hands)
Pair of Kings Minimum | Jokers are Wild | 6-5


Video Poker Tips

Most video poker machines offer a jackpot for the royal flush, but it’s only available on five-coin bets. If betting five coins seems too expensive for your bankroll, simply decrease the coin values in order to stay within budget. For example, betting five nickel coins costs the same as betting the default (one $0.25-coin per hand).

When possible, play full-pay video poker machines. Full pay-machines pay 9X the amount wagered for a full house and 6X the amount wagered for a flush. An example of a full-pay video poker machine is 9/6 Jacks or Better at Café Casino. The 8/5 machines are short-pay machines because of the increased house edge. On the other hand, games with wilds will always have smaller payouts for the full house and flush because the wild card increases the odds of winning. 

Video poker online is available in Real Play and Practice Play at the Video Poker Lobby of Café Casino.