Types of Video Poker


Introduction

There are two ways that video poker machines differ from each other.

The first is how the game is played. Most video poker machines are based on the "Five Card Draw" version of poker, but some machines may offer variations of the game. "Jacks or better" is the most popular form, and was the original form, of video poker. One popular variation is "Deuces Wild", where a '2' serves as a wild card. Other variations include: Joker's Wild, Deuces Wild, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker, and others.

The second way video poker machines differ from each other is the payout schedule that is used in the game. Some games offer higher payouts than others. The machines that offer the highest payouts for that type of game are called "full pay" games.

The payback percentage

Most video poker machines offer the highest payback percentage only if the maximum number of credits is bet. And, in order to receive the theoretical payout in the long-run, you have to play the game perfectly. Any sub-optimal play will results in a lower expected payout.

The following is a list of payout schedule for the most popular versions of video poker. Note the large increases in the payoffs for a Royal Flush played with the five credits versus the payoffs for less than five credits.

Types of games

  • "Jacks or Better"

    Jacks or Better is the most common version of video poker. When playing Jacks or better, the player wins if their final five-card hand contains at least a pair of jacks or better. The various versions of Jacks or Better games differ from each other in that they have different payouts for full houses and flushes. The different payouts are denoted by a 2-number prefix before the name. For example, Full pay Jacks or Better is also known as "9/6 Jacks or Better" where the '9' refers to the payoff for a full house and the '6' refers to the payoff for a flush.

    "9/6 Jacks or Better" payout schedule

      # of credits played
    Hand 1 2 3 4 5
    Royal Flush 250 500 750 1,000 4,000
    Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
    Four of a kind 25 50 75 100 125
    Full House 9 18 27 36 45
    Flush 6 12 18 24 30
    Straight 4 8 12 16 20
    Three of a Kind 3 6 9 12 15
    Two Pair 2 4 6 8 10
    Jacks or Better 1 2 3 4 5
    Theoretical Return 98.4% 98.4% 98.4% 98.4% 99.5%
  • Deuces Wild

    "Deuces Wild" is a variation of video poker in which all '2's are wild. Deuces Wild can be found with pay schedules that offer a theoretical return over 100 percent (again, when played with perfect strategy), but these games are very hard to find. More common are pay schedules that offer a lower theoretical return:

    Deuces Wild payout schedule

      # of credits played
    Hand 1 2 3 4 5
    Natural Royal Flush 300 600 900 1,200 4,000
    Four Deuces 200 400 600 800 1,000
    Wild Royal Flush 25 50 75 100 125
    Five of a Kind 15 30 45 60 75
    Straight Flush 9 18 27 36 45
    Four of a Kind 5 10 15 20 25
    Full House 3 6 9 12 15
    Flush 2 4 6 8 10
    Straight 2 4 6 8 10
    Three of a Kind 1 2 3 4 5
    Theoretical Return 99.7% 99.7% 99.7% 99.7% 100.8%
  • Double Bonus

    "Double Bonus" video poker is a variation of "Jacks or Better" with a bonus payout for four aces. It offers up to a theoretical return of 100.2%. This version is the full-pay "10/7" version of the game (10/7 are the payouts for a full house and a flush). The only versions of the game (10/6, 9/6, etc.) have lower payouts.

    "10/7 Double Bonus" payout schedule

      # of credits played
    Hand 1 2 3 4 5
    Royal Flush 250 500 750 1,000 4,000
    Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
    Four Aces 160 320 480 640 800
    Four 2, 3, or 4 80 160 240 320 400
    Four 5-K 50 100 150 200 250
    Full House 10 20 30 40 50
    Flush 7 14 21 28 35
    Straight 5 10 15 20 25
    Three of a Kind 3 6 9 12 15
    Two Pair 1 2 3 4 5
    Jacks or Better 1 2 3 4 5
    Theoretical Return 99.1% 99.1% 99.1% 99.1% 100.2%
  • Double Double Bonus

    "Double Double Bonus" video poker is a variation of "Jacks or Better" which offers bonus payoffs for different four of a kinds. The full pay version of the game offers a payout over 100%.

    "Double Double Bonus" payout schedule

      # of credits played
    Hand 1 2 3 4 5
    Royal Flush 250 500 750 1,000 4,000
    Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
    Four Aces w/2, 3, or 4 400 800 1,200 1,600 2,000
    Four 2, 3, or 4 w/A-4 160 320 480 640 800
    Four Aces 160 320 480 640 800
    Four 2, 3, or 4 80 160 240 320 400
    Four 5-K 50 100 150 200 250
    Full House 10 20 30 40 50
    Flush 6 12 18 24 30
    Straight 4 8 12 16 20
    Three of a Kind 3 6 9 12 15
    Two Pair 1 2 3 4 5
    Jacks or Better 1 2 3 4 5
    Theoretical Return 98.9% 98.9% 98.9% 98.9% 100.1%

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