Video Poker

Video poker is one of the best ways for beginning poker players to learn the rules of the game before joining a poker table. In it, you play against a computer so the human aspect of it is put aside for playing at a live table. There is no way to practice the bluffing aspect of poker until you are in a live setting, so use the opportunity to hone the other necessary skills.

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The rules are basic: the computer will deal you five cards and you can decide to throw out or keep any number of cards for each round. For every card you throw away, you will be given a new card. The object is to make the best hand possible based common poker hands.

There are many variations of video poker with slight differences to the rules for either the minimum hand allowed (pair of jacks or better) or whether there are wild cards (deuces wild) that you can substitute for any other card to improve your hand.

There are also some tricks to helping ensure you are left with the best hand possible once the round is over. For example, don’t give up a pair in the hopes that you will get a higher pair. Go with what you have and you could end up with three, or even four, of a kind. Remember that taking a big risk and being left with nothing of value can become disastrous quickly so consider taking a smaller risk and leave yourself with a good or even great hand. As you become more comfortable with the game, you will understand all risks and can better decide if they are worth it.