Play Video Poker Games in the USA

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Video Poker games have a number of variants available in casinos in the USA. Three of the most popular games are Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, and Joker's Wild.

In Deuces Wild, the deuces are wild cards which can substitute any card suit or rank. It is easy to form big hands that is why pay scales are lower compared to other variants. Following are the hands arranged from highest to lowest:

  • Royal Flush without wild card/s
  • Four Deuces
  • Royal Flush including wild card/s
  • 5 of a Kind
  • Straight Flush
  • 4 of a Kind
  • Full House
  • Flush
  • Straight
  • 3 of a Kind

In playing Deuces Wild, here are some basic strategies to keep in mind. If you already hold Four Deuces, better hold on to them since there is minimal chance of getting a better hand. If the best you have are high cards (at least a 10) with the same suit, hold on to them and draw the rest. If you have worse cards better draw 5 new cards instead.

The most popular among Video Poker games is Jacks or Better. A player needs to have at least two Jacks to be paid. Payout is based on the highest ranking hand value. Below are hand rankings arranged from highest to lowest based on the usual payouts for this variant:

  • Royal Flush
  • Straight Flush
  • 4 of a Kind
  • Full House
  • Flush
  • Straight
  • 3 of a Kind
  • Two Pair
  • Pair of Jacks or Better

The best game strategy here is to aim to get paid frequently while minimizing your risks on the huge scores.

Joker's Wild is another well-known option among Video Poker games. It uses the standard 52 cards plus a joker which could substitute for any rank or suit. Hand rankings are as follows:

  • Royal Flush without a joker
  • 5 of a Kind
  • Royal Flush with joker
  • Straight Flush
  • 4 of a Kind
  • Full House
  • Flush
  • Straight
  • 3 of a Kind
  • Two Pair
  • One Pair of Kings or better

In this variant, same basic strategy as Jacks or Better will apply but here, the Joker plays a very important role.