Video Poker

Online video poker is a popular game option for its many variations, simple rules and impressive payout potential. The games give the feeling of being in a Vegas casino with their graphics, animations, sounds and variety. There are multi-hand games allowing you to enjoy up to a whopping 100 hands at once. You can also find progressive video poker games, giving you the chance to win huge payouts. We have found some of the best video poker casinos and games available for our South African players.

There is a great choice of online video poker casinos available for South African players where you can enjoy a variety of video poker games. There are some great bonuses available specifically for video poker play.

Types of Video Poker Games

There are many different variations of video poker available today and many video poker casinos will offer a suite of these games. There are also some odd varieties of these games, but we recommend that you steer clear of them unless there is evidence that the added features lower the house edge. These are some of the most common video poker games:

  • Jacks or Better - This is the most common variation of the game and as the name suggests, its lowest payout is for a pair of Jacks or better. The highest payout is for a royal flush which awards 4,000 coins. There are nine ranked hands available in the game.
  • Tens or Better - This variation has the lowest ranked hand - a pair of tens or better. Because of this the payouts for a full house and flush are slightly lower. It plays very similarly to Jacks or Better.
  • Deuces Wild - This game introduces the concept of a wild card. The twos act as wilds helping to complete additional paying hands. Because of the extra payouts available for hands such as five of a kind, the lowest ranked hand is three of a kind.
  • Joker Wild - This game has one wild card - the Joker. Because of the additional paying hands of five of a kind and royal straight flush, the lowest ranked hand is a pair of Kings or better.
  • Aces and Eights - As the name suggests, this game focuses on Aces and eights with additional payouts for four of a kind Aces or eights, as well as a four of a kind sevens. Its lowest paying hand is a pair of Jacks or better.

Multi-Hand Video Poker vs. Single Hand

Video poker machines come in single hand, as well as multi-hand variations. In single-hand games, players will be dealt one hand of five cards, whereas with multi-hand versions, you will be dealt multiple hands and after selecting the cards in the main hand to hold the remaining cards will be dealt in all the hands. Multi-hand variations can add a lot of excitement, but be aware you need a much larger bankroll as each game has a separate bet. Even with a bet of only 0.10, playing 100 hands will make your bet add up.

Realtime Gaming was the first software provider to offer video poker with 100 hands and you can choose to play 100 games in the common variations of Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild or Joker Poker.

Other software providers followed suit with providers such as Playtech offering multi-hand versions of their popular games such as Jacks or Better and Aces and Faces.

How to Read a Video Poker Payout Table

The pay table in the game shows you the ranked hand along with their payouts depending on the number of coins you play with. You can play with between one and five coins so the maximum fixed jackpot will be for a royal flush playing with 5 coins.