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Playing video poker is very similar to playing 5 card draw, so if you know that you're pretty much ready to play. The object of the game is to get any of the winning combinations of poker hands. The combinations of winning hands and the payout schedule can both be found directly on the video poker machines.

How to Play Video Poker:

Step1: Deposit coins into the machine to place your wager. In order to draw your cards the bet must be placed first and it cannot be changed once the play starts.

Step 2:After you place your wager you must press the "Draw/Deal" button on the video poker machine. This will result in 5 cards being drawn, this is your initial poker hand.

Step 3: The next step is to decide if you'd like to keep any of the cards that appear on the screen from the initial draw. If you do, all you have to do is push the "Hold/Cancel" button under the card(s) or press directly on the card(s) you wish to keep. Should you change your mind and decide you no longer want to keep a previously held card push the "Hold/Cancel" button another time and the hold will be canceled.

Step 4: If you have held any cards, make sure that there is confirmation on the screen that you have held the card(s) that you wanted to hold (the word "hold" should appear directly on the card or the button below it should be highlighted).

Step 5:Push the "Draw/Deal" button a second time to obtain new cards for those not held.

Step 6:If you have a winning hand the machine pays off and is then ready for another game.
Best hands in descending order:

Order of Winning Hands in Basic Video Poker: - (Jacks or Better Used for this Example)

Really all you need to know to play video poker is how to operate the machine, which we outlined above, and an understanding for poker hand values in 5-card draw. Below you'll find poker hand values from the strongest hand (Royal Flush) all the way down to the weakest hand (Pair) and a description for each.

Royal Flush - the best possible hand
Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10, all of the same suit.
Straight Flush - Any five-card sequence in the same suit (e.g.: 8, 9, 10, Jack and Queen of clubs; or 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of diamonds).
Four of a Kind - All four cards of the same value (e.g.: 8, 8, 8, 8; or Queen, Queen, Queen, Queen).
Full House - Three of a kind combined with a pair (e.g.: 10, 10, 10 with 6, 6; or King, King, King with 5, 5).
Flush - Any five cards of the same suit, but not in sequence (e.g.: 4, 5, 7, 10 and King of spades).
Straight - Five cards in sequence, but not in the same suit (e.g.: 7 of clubs, 8 of clubs, 9 of diamonds, 10 of spades and Jack of hearts).
Three of a Kind - Three cards of the same value (e.g.: 3, 3, 3; or Jack, Jack, Jack).
Two Pair - Two separate pairs (e.g.: 2, 2, Queen, Queen).
Pair - Two cards of the same value (e.g.: 7, 7).

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