The Exciting World of Video Poker
We’ve all heard of poker, but what about video poker? It may surprise you to learn that video poker has been around since the 1970s, when arcade video games first started appearing commercially. By the 1980s, video poker machines were proving to be a hugely popular addition to casino floors, alongside slot machines.
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Video Poker Glossary Index
- What is Video Poker?
- Get to Know Your Video Poker
- Get Your Video Poker Fix with PlayFrank India
- Video Poker Goes Mobile
In most regards, video poker and traditional poker table games are essentially the same, although they do differ slightly with regard to the element of chance. When you play traditional poker, you’re competing against other real players, and luck will always be a factor when it comes to these kinds of human interactions. This is not the case in video poker, where a player competes against a computerised system and so only has their gaming strategy to rely on when they play on a platform using computer software.
In 1992, the US state of Missouri passed a law that beautifully highlights the elemental difference between poker and slot games. The state outlawed the playing of games of chance on riverboats, but this led to uncertainty as to what exactly constituted a ‘game of chance’. Because slot games are based on the principle of randomisation, it was decided that they were games of chance, and that poker and blackjack, being games of skill, could not be considered games of chance. And so blackjack and poker escaped a ban, as too did video poker.
Video poker online now enjoys a dedicated following, and players in India will find a wide selection of these games at PlayFrank Online Casino India. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what’s available for enthusiastic players of this thrilling online game.
As is normally the case with card games, the first step is placing your bet. To do this you select the desired coin size and number of coins on the screen. Click the 'Deal' button to receive your five initial cards, which you can take a look at to decide which ones you want to keep and which you’d like to swap for other cards.
When you click the ‘Draw’ button, new cards will be dealt to replace the cards you no longer want. This will be your final video poker hand which can then be compared to the paytable, from where you can see if you’ve won anything, and if so, how much.
Now that you know the basics of how to play video poker online, it’s time to deal. Head to the PlayFrank casino lobby and browse our many titles. If you’re new to poker and a little unsure of where to start, try a demo version first. You can also read up on a few video poker strategies before playing a game for real.
Video Poker Strategy
Have you ever heard the phrase 'go big or go home’? Well, that saying certainly applies to video poker strategy, specifically a player’s betting strategy. When you place a bet of the maximum number of coins possible, you’ll be eligible for all the top jackpot prizes. While most of us are probably reluctant to take such an approach, it actually makes quite a lot of strategic sense.
There is an alternative to this kind of high betting strategy, though. Instead of betting a single 5 coin, you can opt to bet 5 separate 1 coins, therefore making yourself eligible for the 800-to-1 payout.
At PlayFrank Online Casino India players can choose from 14 different video poker games, developed by a variety of software providers. These games can all be played in free demo mode – a great way to become more familiar with a title before taking your chances on a real-money game.
It should be mentioned that players in India will now have to register at PlayFrank Online Casino first before they can start playing in demo mode. Signing up only takes a few minutes, though, so you can be enjoying all our games for free as soon as you’ve registered.
Microgaming Video Poker Games at PlayFrank
Jacks or Better Power Poker
This single deck video poker game, played with 52 cards per hand and no wild cards, is a level up from other basic versions of the game. On Jacks or Better Power Poker, things get interesting as players get the chance to play anything from 4 to 100 hands at any one time. With added features, including the Double or Nothing Bonus Round, as well as a 4,000-coin jackpot just waiting to be won, this game puts the power in power poker!
Deuces and Joker
Deuces and Joker mixes up the traditional video poker model with the addition of two new cards to the standard deck. The Joker and the Deuces cards are wild cards, and if dealt can boost a player’s chances of securing a winning hand. If you find yourself fortunate enough to receive both in a single hand, substantial payouts could be heading your way. This is a great game for those new to the world of video poker online.
Aces and Faces Power Poker
Another poker variant that allows you to play from 4 to 100 hands at a time, Aces and Faces Power Poker is a fast-paced and exhilarating game suitable for all levels of player. Big wins await for lucky players, including a 4,000 coin win jackpot for a Royal Flush. Players should also keep an eye out for the ‘hand of Jacks’ feature, which offers the potential of boosted payouts.
Tens or Better Power Poker
On Tens or Better Power Poker, as the name suggests, a winning hand must be made up of Tens or better. This makes for some excellent odds, but the opportunities for impressive wins don’t end there. If you’re lucky enough to land yourself a Royal Flush, you’ll bag the 4,000-coin jackpot. Tens or Better Power Poker is played with a standard deck and no wild cards. It’s a video poker game well-suited to thrill-seekers and cautious players alike.
Poker Pursuit is an interesting mix of video and casino poker. Players place their bet before being dealt three cards, after which they can then decide to increase their bet or keep it as it is depending on the cards they have received. Because the outcome of this game is dependent on the game’s software, in many ways Poker Pursuit has more similarities with a slot machine that a classic poker game. Experienced players may be put off by this, but it’s likely to be an attractive feature for casual players.
All Aces Poker
Much like many other video poker online titles by Microgaming, All Aces Poker takes the classic poker game formula and gives it a twist. The objective of this poker game, as the ‘All Aces’ title indicates, is to achieve four aces. Get those, and a sizeable payout could be yours. A four aces win is beaten only by a Royal Flush.
Double Bonus Poker
For players who are new to video poker, or who just like to play on a casual basis, Double Bonus Poker is the perfect option. Played with a standard deck of 52 cards and no wild cards, this straightforward game of poker offers players the opportunity to win a maximum payout of 4,000 coins!
Your online gaming experience should be as flexible as you need it to be, which is why all video poker games available at PlayFrank Online Casino India can be played on a wide range of mobile devices.
There’s no need for players in India to download any app or software to access the extensive games collection available at PlayFrank. As long as you have a smartphone, tablet or other mobile device, and an internet connection, you’re on your way to some serious video poker fun!
So, now that you’ve learned a little bit more about video poker and some of its variants, you must be eager to give one (or two!) a try for yourself. Test the ropes with a free demo game or take the plunge and start betting with real money right away – at PlayFrank Online Casino India the choice is yours. Register at our online casino today and find the video poker online game for you.