Object of the game
The players objective is to get the best hand possible. You are
dealt five cards. To try to improve your hand, you can discard or hold any of
your five cards. New cards are dealt to replace the discarded ones. If the rank
of your final five-card hand is listed on the payout schedule, you win! The
table on the top of the game window shows you the payoff for each betting level.
Look at this table to see what the hand ranks are. All Video Poker variations
rank hands the same, though a given variation may add several extra ranks. A 52
card deck is used (53 or 54 in some video poker variations) and is reshuffled
after each hand.
How to play
Select name of video poker machine you want to play in
Game|Select Poker Machine... dialog.
To play, first make a bet. You can either click the Bet One
button until you have bet the number of coins you desire (to a maximum of 5
coins), or click Bet Max to bet the maximum coins all at once. Then click the
Deal / Draw button to distribute the cards. (When you have entered the maximum
number of coins, the machine will deal automatically.)
You will be given 5 cards. Now you have a one-time option to
draw additional cards to replace cards you discard. Evaluate your five cards and
decide which, if any, you want to hold to achieve the highest ranked poker hand
possible. You may hold cards by simply clicking on either the card or the
Hold/Discard button. When you do so, the held cards will be displayed with a
"Hold" sign under them. You can use keyboard to hold cards. Press 1 to hold
first card, 2 to hold second card and so on. If you want to reselect a card just
press the corresponding number again.
Once you have selected a given amount of cards to hold, click
on the "Draw" button again. The cards that were not marked as "Hold" will be
replaced. If after this replacement you have any combination of cards that
qualifies for a payout, your credit will be increased by the amount of coins
shown in the Win field.
To change the type of Video Poker machine you are playing, click
on Game|Select Poker Machine... menu item and select the game you would
like to play. When you change the game type, your credit and coin denominations
will not change.
Playing the Double Up
The doubling option gives you a chance to increase your
winnings. Check Options | Double Up menu item to have this option
After getting a winning hand you will be given the chance to
double the payout, or to collect your winnings. To collect your winnings, click
the "No" button. If you want to try and win more, click the "Yes" button. You
will be given another hand of five cards. The dealer's card will be exposed,
while the remaining four cards will be left face down. Hold one of them. If the
card you chose is higher than the dealers' card, you will win the double amount
of your original payout. You will then be given the chance to double your payout
again or to collect your winnings. If your card is of the same rank, it is a
tie, and you will have a chance to collect your original winnings or to double
up. Otherwise, you lose and will not receive any payout.
If you have collected your winnings you can begin another hand.