Online Video Poker

Online video poker cuts out the dealer and lets the game take place between yourself and the machine. The game itself was born in the 1970s as one of the first PC games to ever be developed. Now it’s available at all online casinos and also as a mobile casino app. The games really appeal to players who want to keep their anonymity, and are a great blend of the immediate action of Pokies and the strategic pleasures of Poker. They’re also a good way to launch your adventures with the popular card game.

Rules of Online Video Poker

The rules of online video poker will vary from title to title but the standard rules of poker are universal throughout. Terms like ‘Royal Flush’, ‘Full House’ and ‘Four of a Kind’ etc. are all ones you’ll still encounter in this game. The basic rules of video poker are also really quite simple. You’ll be dealt 5 cards and if you’re lucky, those 5 will already have a winning hand ready and waiting. If so is not the case, and at your discretion, you’ll be able to exchange a number of those cards. You can choose to exchange all of them, or as many as you want to, out of the 5 original cards. The second hand that you receive is the one you’ll have to keep. You’ll be able to collect winnings based on the pay table that accompanies the game.

Online Video Poker Variations

While some of our casinos offer more than 40 versions of online video poker, the main versions of the game to be aware of are the following ones:

  • Deuces Wild Poker: This version of the game is often considered the second most popular version mainly due to its high hit frequency. To really achieve great wins in this one, you’ll need to score 3-of-a-kind. Luckily this game comes with four wild cards and this can greatly improve your prospects of winning.
  • Jacks or Better: The name of this one says it all – its pays cash for a pair of jacks or better. Jacks or Better Online Video Poker is quite simple and easy to play and carries a low volatility. This means that you’ll have a more sustained form of game play with it.
  • Double Double Bonus Poker: This version of online video poker differs from other variations because it offers special payouts for four-of-a-kinds with added benefits. Four Aces for instance can land you a massive payout whereby getting four Aces with a 2, 3 or 4 as your fifth card can mean a really huge payday. Each time you get a successful hand you’ll get the choice of doubling your bet or keeping the original hand.

These are the main variations of online video poker, but trust us when we say that there are so many more waiting for you to play at one of our New Zealand online casinos. Many can be played for free as well as real money, which allows you to check them out and decide which you like best before you any bets. Enjoy investigating them all and finding your favourite varieties!