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Video Poker Odds

By: CasinoAdvisor.com, Tuesday June 17th 2008
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The odds in a game are technically what we refer to as the probability of hands in your favor. In order to play any game you have to know what your chances are of winning. In poker you need to know your chances for the poker hands as opposed to something else. There are several differences in poker games for the odds. Most of this is because you are looking at either having a wild card or not, and whether or not you can have a pair be the winning hand. In about 1/3 of video poker games you have to have two pair or three of a kind in order to win. The odds for these games are significantly against you.

To get two pair or three of a kind it is best to play a game that has at least one wild card. This is the easier way to get those types of hands. In the games without wild cards you are really hoping to draw three of the same value cards, which is about 11 percent of the time or less depending on the game.

For strategy it is best to stay with the games where the odds are more in your favor. This doesn't mean the house edge is reduced, but there are some card games offering better odds for the hands that you need to win. For example in video poker you normally have a ratio of 42 percent on pairs. This is any pair, not the winning pair that you may need. Further study has shown the odds for getting jacks or better is roughly 29 percent. This means you still have the odds in your favor for getting the cards you need.

In video poker games it is wise to concentrate on the hands you can get. For example if you have a pair of two's in video poker strategy you are told to keep that pair and try for the three of a kind or other type of hand. The chance of winning with a non winning pair is very low. Still it is a better chance than just scrapping your entire hand, although some strategy states this is the better move.

While the odds are very important you also want to concentrate on the game rules. There are various video poker games offering different rules for the bonuses, jackpots, and of course the types of hands you need. We have included a chart for Jacks or Better so you can see the payouts depending on the hands you have.

Hand

1 coin

2 coins

3 coins

4 coins

5 coins

Royal flush

250

500

750

1000

4000

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

Pair of jacks or better

1

2

3

4

5

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