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Video poker is a great game to play if you like good odds, and who doesn't? Video poker has been one of the most popular games in the casinos since its birth in the '70s. The fact that you can play your best poker strategy against a payout schedule is very unique. Video poker offers really outstanding odds and if you know what you are doing, then you can actually take the advantage away from the casino.
One very important thing to know when deciding if video poker is a game that suits you, is to first be aware of the different variations out there. All video poker games are not the same. Generally, the difference among the dozens of video poker variations, are the winning hands. If you are holding a hand that is also listed on the payout schedule then you win the payout listed there.
"Jacks or Better" is one of the most popular of all the variations you can play. Get ready for a draw style poker and try to have a pair of Jacks or anything better. (The name of the game is pretty clear now, right?) The return on this game is at 98.4% when played with a consistent strategy. The better your hand, the better your payout is as indicated on the game's payout schedule.
Bonus variations of video poker are great fun! "Deuces Wild" is a variation where all the twos are wild cards. Anytime you draw a 2, that two magically becomes any card that you want it to be. The payout rate could theoretically get up to over 100% when played with that optimal strategy.
There are full pay video poker games like these mentioned, Jacks or Better and Deuces Wild. There are variations on these games that are considered lower pay video poker games. When you are in doubt of the game that you are looking at, it is an easy question to solve by looking at the payout schedule on the front of your game.
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