Poker has a distinguished history and has long been a favourite of casino players across the world, but you might be surprised to know that its video format also has pedigree. Video poker can trace its roots back to the 1970s, a time when video was starting to become more widespread and commercially viable as a platform. Soon, video poker games had become as much of a fixture as the ever-popular slot games.
Video poker online more or less recreates the experience of playing real poker, featuring the same overall rules and basic dynamics and letting players engage in all the excitement of a real poker game. You can play a variety of video poker games here at PlayFrank Online Casino Canada.
The main difference between traditional poker table games and video poker games is that chance is a greater component in the former, where real players battle each other for dominance based to some extent on luck. In contrast, with video poker online the player is a pitted against computer software, putting the focus on them and their gaming strategy as they attempt to beat the automated system.
A perfect illustration of the difference between slots and poker can be found in 1992, when the US state of Missouri passed a law outlawing games of chance on riverboats within the state. This immediately resulted in slot machines becoming illegal, as being based on randomization they are undoubtedly games of chance. Poker and blackjack were permitted as it was determined that they were primarily games of skill, rather than chance, and so video poker games also escaped a ban.
PlayFrank is a proud provider of video poker online, particularly among enthusiasts in Canada. So, let's take a closer look at the ones we offer our players.
Players start by placing their bets, and this is done by picking your coin size as well as the number of coins. You then click the 'Deal' button, after which you’ll receive your first set of five cards. Players can look at their cards to decide the ones they want to keep, and the ones they would prefer to swap for other, more desirable cards.
The next step is clicking the 'Draw' button, where new cards are handed to the player to replace the ones given up. This is the player’s final hand, which is then put side-by-side with the payout table. It’s at this point the player will find out if they're a winner, and if so, how much they’ve won.
Now that you know how to actually play, how about trying a game for yourself? If you’re interested in playing video poker online but feeling a bit hesitant about playing with real money initially, at PlayFrank we offer demo versions of free video poker. This is a great way to gain more insight into the game you’re playing, but it’s also worth your while picking up some handy strategies.
The phrase 'go big or go home' is certainly apt when it comes to your video poker strategy, and betting in particular. When you bet the maximum number of coins, you put yourself in the running for all the top jackpots. Many players are reluctant to do this, but it makes strategic sense.
There is a workaround though for those cautious about betting so high right off the bat. Instead, they can decrease their coin size by betting five separate 1 coins rather than one 5 coin, making them now eligible for the 800-to-1 payout.
At PlayFrank we pride ourselves in being a leader in online gaming, particularly in the area of Canadian video poker. We offer 14 different titles for players in Canada, from a variety of different software providers, which you can play in demo mode for free before deciding to take the plunge and play for real money.
We should mention that players in Canada now must register first to be able to play these fantastic video slots in free demo-play mode. You can sign up in no time at all, though, after which you can enjoy all our games for free and in real-money mode.
Jacks or Better Power Poker by Micrograming takes the basic version of video poker to the next level. Played with a single deck of 52 cards and no wild cards, this game gives players the exhilarating chance to play anything from 4 to 100 hands at any one time and puts them in the running for a 4,000-coin jackpot win. With features such as the Double or Nothing Bonus Round, this game is thrilling from start to finish.
If you’re new to video poker online, Deuces and Joker from Microgaming is an excellent game to start with. A couple of twists have been injected into the traditional formula, with two new cards now added to the standard deck. There’s the Joker, a wild that behaves like any other card and can be used to obtain a winning hand, and the Deuces, which are also wilds that offer a boost to a player’s winning chances. If you’re lucky enough to be dealt both cards, some big payouts could be coming your way.
Aces and Faces Poker by Microgaming is a fast-paced game that promises big wins for lucky players. This online video poker game keeps pulses racing as players are given the choice to shift from 4 to 100 poker hands at any given moment. Secure a Royal Flush and you’ll bag yourself the 4,000-coin jackpot – no joke! A highly accessible game using the standard rules of video poker, it features a ‘hand of Jacks’ element, which can enhance potential payouts.
As the name suggests, Tens or Better Power Poker from Microgaming pays out when you have a pair of tens or better. This makes for some fantastic odds and a game well-worth playing, for new, old and thrill-seeking player alike. Keep those fingers crossed for a Royal Flush, which promises an impressive 4,000-coin jackpot payout.
Microgaming’s Poker Pursuit has been around for quite some time and combines casino poker and video poker. In this game, players place their bet and are then dealt three cards. Depending on what you’ve been dealt, you are then asked to either raise your bet or continue playing with your current bet. Because you’re reliant entirely on the game’s software for the outcome, this game has, in some ways, more in common with slot machines than regular poker, something that is likely to appeal to more casual players.
Similar to many other Microgaming video poker online games, All Aces Poker offers classic video poker, but with a twist. The title of the game, ‘All Aces’, is the clue, where the main aim is to secure four aces. Score that and a substantial payout awaits. Only an unbeatable Royal Flush offers bigger winning potential.
Double Bonus Poker is a simple and easy to understand video poker game, making it ideal for casual players. In this Microgaming title, you play with a standard deck of 52 cards, with no wild cards to be seen, for the chance at winning the maximum payout of 4,000 coins!
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With no software or apps to download, you can access any of our games direct from your browser. If you have a mobile device and an internet connection, you’re all set!
We're certain that this peek into the world of video poker online will have whet your appetite, so why not actually try a game for yourself? Whether you're a rookie looking to test the waters with a free demo first, or a veteran player ready storm your way to some real-money wins, at PlayFrank Online Casino Canada we’ve got you sorted.
Our extensive choice of video poker games is sure to have something to tickle your fancy, and we look forward to welcoming you through the doors of our online casino.