Enhance The Way You Understand Video Poker Through Learning Its Terminologies

For a beginner it would obviously be confusing to understand the terminologies in a video poker game , so in order to prevent this confusion and minimize the chances of loosing, learning the common terminologies used in video poker is worth it.

Video Poker Terminologies You Should Know

Here are some terminologies that is commonly seen in video poker websites:

Action: Playing a machine is known as giving the machine action, it is something a person can do.

Average Payback: In other games it is also known as EV or Expected Value. It is the average pay back of any particular play. It is important to have several options on a hand as you should always go for the one with the highest expected value.

Bet Max: Or, the maximum bet a video poker player can bet. In most games that is five coins per hand.

Cash Out: It is were a person takes his money out of the machine. A cash button will be seen in the button panel. Just press the button to remove your money from the machine.

Comps or Compensation: Known as the additional rewards. Examples are the cash back or free rooms you get for using a slot or VIP card when you play.

Credits: Video poker machines display the money you put in as credits. For example if you play a $1 machine and insert a $20 note you will get 20 credits to play with. Wins on the payout tables are also listed in credits.

Cycle: The statically average number of hands for any particular hand to be dealt. For example a royal flush will be dealt roughly once in every 40,000 hands played. It is important to note that this is based on the maths and a royal may come up many times in 40,000 hands or never in 40,000 hands. There is no guarantee that if you play 40,000 hands in a row you will get a royal.

Denomination: Can relate to two things. The first is the value of the cards and the second is the value of the coin size.

Discard Cards: The cards that you decide not to hold after the initial deal.

Double Up: A secondary betting option where you have the chance to try to make your win bigger by entering the double up round.

Draw: The second deal of the cards after you have selected cards to hold or discard.

Edge: Also known as house edge. The mathematical advantage the casino has on the games. For example on a full pay Jacks or Better machine the edge is 0.46%.

Expected Return: The average amount paid back on any particular play.

Expected Value or EV: The average of all possible outcomes for any play.

Flush: A five card hand that contains cards all of the same suit.

Four of a Kind: A hand where four cards have the same value. For example 10d, 10c, 10s and 10h – the fifth card has no effect. Also known as quads.

Full House: A hand consisting of a three of a kind and a pair. Example 2s, 2h, 2h, 7h, 9c

Full Pay: Used to describe the best possible pay table for a particular game type. For example a full pay version of Jacks or Better has a 9 coin win for a full house and a 6 coin win for a flush.

Hand: The five cards dealt on the screen are known as your hand.

Hold: After the initial deal you have the option to keep any or all of the cards. This is known as holding cards. The opposite is discarding cards.

Hopper: Found inside all video poker machines that pay out coins. The hopper holds the coins and releases them when you hit the cash out button.

Inside Straight: A hand where you need a card in the middle of the run to achieve a straight. For example if you have 9h, 10c, Qs, Kc your need a J of any suit to make the hand.

Jackpot: An additional pay for hitting a big hand such as a royal flush. A jackpot is often progressive in the fact that it grows as games are played.

Kicker: A card that when added to another hand increases the win. For example on Double Double Bonus a kicker is an Ace, Two , Three or Four. A pay where this comes into play is for example four aces with a two as the kicker.

Maximum Coins: The maximum number of coins you can play per hand in every video poker game. In most cases this is five coins. Pressing the Bet Max button automatically bets the highest possible coins and initiates the deal.

Multi-Hand: Any video poker game where you can play more than one hand at a time. Common varieties include triple, five and ten hand play.

Odds: The mathematical likely hood that any particular hand will occur.

Pat Hand: A hand that is complete and cannot be improved after the initial deal. Examples include a royal flush, a straight, four of a kind or a full house.

Pay Back: The expected return on a video poker game after millions of hands have been played. Also known as the EV of the game.

Pay Off: The amount won for any particular had. Video poker machines display this is coins so if you are playing a quarter machine and you hit a 4000 coin royal flush you will win $1000. (4000 x 0.25 = 1000)

Pay Table: The list of possible payout displayed on the front of the machine. By looking at the pay table you can determine the pay back.

Perfect Play: The act of playing every hand according to the highest EV. Perfect play is the only way to achieve the lowest possible house edge on any given machine.

Progressive Jackpot: A jackpot that grows according to the amount of action a machine receives. Progressive jackpots on video poker machines can occasionally turn a negative expectation game into positive one.

Random Number Generator or RNG. The RNG is a computer chip inside every machine that is used to make sure that the cards are consistently shuffled in a random manner

Risk of Ruin: This is the chance that you will run out of money before the game reaches it’s statistical pay back percentage.

Royal Flush: The highest possible hand on most machines. A royal flush is an ace high straight flush. For example 10h, Jh, Qh, Kh and Ah in any order.

Sequential Royal Flush: A royal flush in numerical order from 10 on the left to ace on the right. Some machines such as Pick’em Poker offer an additional jackpot for this hand.

Straight: A five card hand consisting of cards in consecutive order but different suits. For example, 2h, 3d, 4h, 5s, 6c.

Straight Flush: A five card hand consisting of five cards of the same suite in consecutive order

Strategy Card: A card showing the correct plays for every possible hand on a particular game.

Suit: The are four suits in a playing card deck, Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts and Spades

Three of a kind: A hand that has three cards of the same value and two different cards.

Two Pairs: A hand that consists of two separate pairs of cards. For example 8h, 8c, As, Ah, 10c. The additional card has no effect.

Wild Card: Any card that can substitute for all other cards. Common examples of the are deuces in Deuces Wild and the Joker card in Joker Poker.

Wild Royal Flush: A royal flush made up with at least one wild card. In general a wild royal pays much less than a natural royal with no wilds.

Winning Hand: Any hand that pays a winning combination.