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By: J Finney

Video poker is a hot game both off and online. It’s also one of the easiest gambling games to learn to play, which adds to its appeal to the novice player. There are some things which will shorten the learning curve even further for you if you’re thinking of playing video poker or if you would just like to know a little more about it.

The tips here will better your odds at winning and will make the game a much more enjoyable experience.

First and foremost, take your time. Video poker machines don’t get in a hurry for anyone to play. Check the payout charts on each hand. Play out your hand on your own time.

Don’t keep a kicker, which is an extra card, with any pair you might have. Often times a player will have a pair and keep a kicker, most often an ace, and knock themselves out of a chance to get three of a kind.

Know the layout of the machine you are playing at the time. Some video poker machines have a ‘hold’ button while others will make use of a ‘discard’ button. Be certain of which one of these buttons your current machine is using so you won’t mistakenly throw away the cards you intended to keep. The majority of video poker machines use the ‘hold’ button, but keep an eye out just in case.

Always make sure that the ‘hold’ button shows, or is lit, for each card you want to keep before you press the draw button. Some machines will have the word ‘hold’ under each card when a hold button is pressed, while others will light up the hold button only. This is something you want to watch out for.
If you are a novice player, you should begin with the lowest coin machine you can find available. Take the time to develop a feel for the video poker machine drawing strategy. Once you’ve logged some video poker time and get comfortable with the method of play, it’s time to move up.

Always play the maximum coin allowed on each machine. Payout is based on the amount of coins you use. Using more coin produces bigger payout, resulting in much happier players. If you can’t afford to play the max, go to a lower coin machine that you can afford, and play the maximum.

Be in the know about video poker machines. They are a lot like a slot machine in that the cards are dealt completely at random, generated from a cycling string of numbers till you press one of the game buttons. Once you press a button the cycling string stops and the card is displayed. So your chances of winning at any hand are equal.

Now it’s time to go play some video poker. Whether you choose to play online or at the casino, you’re chances of getting a payout just got better by arming yourself with these tips.

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