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How to win at Online Video Poker

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how to win at video pokerSitting down at a poker table—in Vegas, at your local poker room, or online—can be a little overwhelming, even for a seasoned player who’s patient enough to wait for the right hand.

Poker is nothing like Blackjack where it’s you against the dealer in a focused battle for black chips. In traditional poker, it’s you versus up to 9 players at a single table with dozens of variables thrown on the table with every single deal. Is he bluffing? Is she only pretending to be a horrible player to sucker me into betting? Will my Aces really hold up against whatever the four other players in the hand are holding?

That’s why so many poker players who love the game but want to experience something a little less stressful turn to video poker.

Online video poker is an entirely different animal. Unlike traditional poker where you’re trying to outsmart and outplay poker fanatics just like you, video poker pits you against the house in a one-on-one battle for supremacy.

Prism offers many varieties of free video poker, but if you’re used to playing regular Hold’em and have a strategy already in place, throw it out the window.

Just like No Limit Texas Hold’em poker requires a different strategy than Pot Limit Hold’em, online video poker requires a different type of strategy based on the type of game you’re playing.

Today we’ll take a quick look at Joker Poker and the best strategy to beat the house.

Joker Poker is basically five-card draw poker, except jokers are thrown into the mix. The object of the game is to build the best 5-card hand. But you don’t have to keep the cards you’re dealt. You’re actually given the opportunity to toss away any number of cards you like. If you chooseto toss some cards, you’ll receive replacement cards from the deck to give you a 5-card hand.

So how do you know when to toss cards away? And how do you know which cards to get rid? Just follow the charts below. We’ve got one for when you’re holding a joker and one for when you’re not.

Follow these two strategy charts while playing Joker Poker and you could find yourself laughing all the way to the bank.

Strategy when no Joker is present

Your hand

Keep

Toss

Royal Flush

5

0

Straight Flush

5

0

4 of a Kind

4

1

4 Card Royal

4

1

Full House

5

0

Flush

5

0

Straight

5

0

4 Card Straight Flush – open both ends

4

1

3 of a Kind

3

2

4 Card Straight Flush – inside draw

4

1

Two Pairs

4

1

3 Card Royal

3

2

4 Card Flush

4

1

4 Card Straight – open both ends

4

1

One Pair

2

3

4 Card Straight – non sequential order

4

1

3 Card Straight Flush – open both ends

3

2

3 Card Flush

3

2

2 Card Royal

2

3

Five through Ten

1

4

Jack

1

4

Four

1

4

Nothing

0

5

Strategy when Joker is present

Your hand

Keep

Toss

Five of a Kind

5

0

Royal Flush with Joker

5

0

Straight Flush

5

0

4 of a Kind

4

1

Full House

5

0

Flush

5

0

4 Card Straight Flush – open both ends

4

1

Queen, Jack and Ten of same suit with Joker

4

1

King, Queen, Jack of same suit with Joker

4

1

King, Queen, Ten of same suit with Joker

4

1

King, Jack, Ten of same suit with Joker

4

1

Straight

5

0

4 Card Royal with Ace and Joker

4

1

3 of a Kind

3

2

4 Card Straight – open both ends

4

1

2 Card Royal Flush with Joker

3

2

4 Card Flush

4

1

4 Card Straight – non sequential order with Joker

4

1

King-Queen of same suit with Joker

3

2

King-Jack of same suit with Joker

3

2

King-Ten of same suit with Joker

3

2

Ace-King of same suit with Joker

3

2

Ace-Queen of same suit with Joker

3

2

Ace-Jack of same suit with Joker

3

2

Ace-Ten of same suit with Joker

3

2

Five through Ten with Joker

2

3

Jack with Joker

2

3

Four with Joker

2

3

Joker Only

1

4

 

Antoine Foxx

33 year old male. Has visited Las Vegas several times as well as other great gambling places. Always having a good time. After having a little girl, he couldn’t travel as much so he started enjoying online gaming. Antoine is always looking for something different and interesting. Part time rock star but full time computer geek, he never seems to guarantee a balanced life. Enjoys Cajun food a lot!