Did you know that there is a skill involved in playing video poker?
That’s right. It turns out that there is always only one mathematically correct way to play any given hand in video poker and a skilled video poker player will, in the long run, achieve a higher payback percentage on any video poker game than a player who guesses about how to play their hands.
So, how do you become a skilled video poker player who knows the correct way to play any given video poker hand? Well, there are two good ways to do it.
1 – Practice your video poker skills with a software training program that will you teach you how to play your hands correctly. Not only will a training program provide you with hours of fun, but it can more than pay for itself by teaching you the best way to play your hand in any given situation in order to lower the casino advantage over you.
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2 – Use our FREE video poker strategy charts to learn to play like a pro! Just download them below and print them out for free!
As noted above, video poker is one of the few casino games that has an element of skill. This means that a player who knows how to properly play their hands will, in the long run, get a higher payback percentage on their video poker games than a player who simply guesses how to play each hand.
Keep in mind that there is only one mathematically correct way to play any dealt video poker hand. While some hands are easy to know how to play correctly, there are some hands where the correct play isn’t that simple. In order to know the correct way to play your hands you really need a strategy chart to show you how to do it.
We have two free video poker charts that will give you an excellent simple strategy for both 9/6 and 8/5 video poker machines. These charts are based on computer simulations of millions of video poker hands and they will give you an almost perfect strategy for playing any hand.
How to use the charts – Both charts will have a list of all the possible hands you can be dealt and each hand will be numbered. The closer the hand is to number one, then that would be the correct way to play that given hand.
As an example: You are dealt (8h, 8s, 7c, 9d, 10h). Should you keep the two eights? Or, go for the open-ended straight? Well, when playing Jacks or Better, the mathematically correct play would be to hold the pair of eights. And, how do we know that? Just by looking at the 9/6 chart you can see that hand #20 is a “four card open-ended straight with no high cards” and hand #16 is a low pair (2’s through 10’s). So, since 16 is lower than 20, the proper way to play the hand is to keep the pair of eights.
To read more about video poker, please visit our video poker articles section.
Listed below are links for video poker strategy charts both 9/6 and 8/5 video poker pay tables. Just print them out and take them with you to the casino when you play. By using these charts you will always know how to properly play your hand in any given situation. Have fun!
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6/5 yes I said I have been playing at a Casino where the chart would need to be 6/5 Yes I said 6/5 I know Its really bad, (what ) do I do Not play if I do play ? RUN!!! out the door or what.
That pay table is pretty bad because it only returns 95% with perfect play and maximum coins. However, as bad as that 6/5 pay table is, it’s still probably better than the returns you would get on slot machines!
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Looking for payout charts on video poker
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In “4 card straight with no high cards”, what does “no high cards” mean? What does 1, 2, or 3 “high cards” mean? Thanks.
Any high card would be a jack, queen, king or ace.
Hi. I have wondered about holding a “kicker” with a small pair in jacks or better. If I were to hold a jack with a small pair. Would my odds improve to hit another jack and breaking even vs catching the three of a kind only?
You should not hold a kicker with a small pair. Just keep the low pair. For example, if you are dealt 7C, 7D, 4H, KS, 2S, the correct play would be to hold the pair of 7’s which has an expected return of 4.1184 coins. If you keep the pair of 7’s and the KS. the expected return drops to 3.3765 coins. You can do this analysis yourself if you buy the WinPoker video poker software training program. See more, here – https://www.americancasinoguidebook.com/video-poker-software.html You can also use that program to learn how to play your hands perfectly.
Our casino has 9/5 JoB, which chart would we use? Thank you in adavance.
I would use the 9/6 version.
What was the name or link to the website you mentioned in one of the videos that shows you the location in each casino for the best video poker machine?
The website is http://www.vpfree2.com