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play-video-pokerVideo poker is a fun game where you place a bet, and then click on "Deal" to ask the computer to draw the cards.

You will then have the chance to either keep or throw out 1+ of the cards in exchange for a fresh card drawn from the exact same virtual deck.

After the video poker draw, the computer evaluates your hand and you will get a payout if your hand matches 1 of the pay schedule hands. You will be able to see what the minimum winning hand is on these pay schedules.

Usually, most video poker games without a wild card use the standard "Jacks or Better" as the way of determining a winning hand. That means you must get a pair of jacks or higher using basic poker rules in order to win on your bet. I found a great source for video poker strategies on non-wild card games if you don't know what to keep and what to throw away.

Here are some of the basic features that you will find with all video poker games:

  1. Pay Schedule - If you ever thought to yourself, "how are these two video poker games different from each other?", you probably didn't notice that the payouts are probably the only difference.

    I'll give you an example. The screenshot above is from a game called Bonus Poker. The rules are the same as any game without a wild card. What's special is the payouts for the 4 of a Kinds can be a lot higher than normal. The casinos compensate by making other payouts lower, usually full houses, flushes and straights.
     
  2. Coin amount - In the example above, you can see the different coin levels at the bottom of the screen. The 25¢ is currently being played. This means that every coin that you bet is also 25¢.
     
  3. Coin level - Almost all video poker games have 5 levels with a Max Bet always being 5 coins. Any video poker game with a jackpot requires a Max Bet in order to win.

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One more thing to remember: the more wild cards that a video poker game has, the higher the minimum hand that is going to be in order to win on your bet. One Joker games are set at Kings or higher, two Joker games are set at Two Pairs or higher, 4 wild card games are always 3 of a Kind or higher and the rare games that have more than 4 wild cards are a Straight or higher.

Free No Deposit Bonuses

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If you enjoy playing online video poker, or would like to play it for the first time, you should try playing it for free.

This entails searching for a free no deposit video poker bonus, or searching for a casino that offers free video poker games.

With this type of free bonus, online casinos offer you the chance to gamble with their money. It comes in handy when you are learning a new game, getting to know a new online casino, or are simply too broke to bet real cash!

What to Look Out For

You should pay more attention to the online casino than to its free video poker bonuses. What I mean is that you won’t buy a car because it comes with a free cup holder, even though it’s nice to get a free cup holder. First, draw up a shortlist of casinos. Then see which of them offers you the best free video poker bonus.

Be very careful when you are going to accept a casino bonus, because not all casino bonuses allow you to play Video Poker.

video-poker-bonusesIt’s always a good idea to read the free video poker bonus fine print, as most of them sound much better than they are.

My grandmother used to say if something sounds too good to be true, it often is.

All free video poker bonuses have a strict set of wagering requirements and play conditions. You will have to fulfill these requirements before you will be able to cash out the bonus.



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How it Works

Say for instance the online casino gives you a free $20 no deposit bonus. You then download their software and open a real money account with them. After that, the $20 will appear in your account in a couple of minutes or hours, and sometimes you will have to request the bonus before they deposit it into your account.

free-online-video-poker-bonus The casino will then have a ten, twenty, twenty-five, or even forty times betting requirement. If your casino of choice has a twenty times wagering requirement, it means you will have to bet $20 x 20 before you will be able to cash out your winnings.

This means that you will have to bet a total of $400. You will manage this by winning the $400 from the video poker online casino, and then betting it again. You don’t have to have $400 in your account at any one time. Your balance will fluctuate and the online casino cashier will register the possibility for withdrawal once you go over the $400 mark.