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Training Strategies for Non-Wild Video Poker Games

By: Joan Peppin, Thursday November 21st 2013
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Video poker is one of the most popular types of skill games available in the online casino industry. They're very interesting and attractive for a lot of players because of the ability to improve your payout rate by improving your skill at the game itself. The process of improving at and learning about an in-depth game with complicated strategies is a lot of fun for a substantial portion of online casino players, and that's exactly what you can do with video poker. Here we're going to offer up some training strategies to help you learn non-wild video poker games on a high level.

The first thing you need to know about the non-wild selection of video poker games is that everything is based off of Jacks or Better in one way or another. Because of this, Jacks or Better is the game that you need to master first before you go towards anything else. This works out in your favor in a way because it tends to have one of the highest potential payout rates of any of the non-wild games, and it serves as a solid platform for transitioning to the wild video poker games later on if you decide to go that route.

To study video poker strategy, you'll need to either refer to basic strategy charts or work out the strategies yourself using simulation programs and figure out what the priority order is for hands. For example, a flush draw always takes priority over a low pair, and a low pair always takes priority over a straight draw. This effectively tells you how to play any video poker hand out there by memorizing somewhere between 15 and 20 pieces of information in a certain order.

It can be tricky to learn this much information, so you can break it up into chunks. The first chunk to learn is when you play draws and when to play pairs since this will make up the majority of your difficult decisions. Then you should learn how to play the worst hands available so that you know when to keep high cards and which high cards to keep. Finally, you should push towards the upper end of the chart and learn when to break up made hands into stronger draws like if you have four to a royal flush when you're given a pat flush to start with.

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