Poker is no longer just played in land-based casinos and smoky backrooms. Thanks to video poker, a format that has been around since the 1970s, this game can be enjoyed online just as slot machines now are, opening it up to a wider audience.
Today, video poker games replicate the poker experience for players, allowing them to enjoy the traditional card game in many different variations and in a more dynamic environment. At PlayFrank Online Casino New Zealand, players have access to dozens of video poker online variants.
Where video poker online differs from traditional poker table games is, mainly, the component of chance. In traditional poker, real players battle it out between each other for dominance, and these interactions will have an element of luck to them. In video poker, however, the player is competing against an automated system, which puts all the focus on their gaming strategy as they try to beat the computer software.
A law passed by the US state of Missouri in 1992 illustrates perfectly the fundamental difference between slots and poker. Games of chance on riverboats within the state were outlawed, but this then raised questions as to what constituted a ‘game of chance’. It was determined that slot games, being based on randomisation, where unquestionably games of chance. Poker and blackjack, on the other hand, escaped a ban as it was decided that they were primarily games of skill, not chance. As a result, video poker slipped through under the new legislation too.
Years later, video poker found a home in the online realm, and in New Zealand, enthusiasts of video poker online can themselves find a home at PlayFrank, where we have plenty of poker games to keep them occupied. So, for all you eager poker players out there, let's take a look at how to play and what’s actually on offer.
First things first. You need to place your bet, which can be done by selecting the coin size as well as the number of coins. The next step is clicking the ‘Deal’ button, after which you’ll receive your first set of five cards. You can take a look at these cards and decide which ones you wish to keep and which ones you’d prefer to swap.
To swap some of your cards, click on the 'Draw' button. Once you’ve been dealt new cards to replace the old ones this will be your final hand of video poker. This hand is laid side-by-side with the payout table, after which it becomes clear whether or not you’ve won anything.
It’s really pretty simple. And now that you know how to play video poker online, you can try a game for yourself here at PlayFrank. For those of you who are curious, but not quite ready to play with your own money yet, you can play in free demo mode first. We’ve also got a few handy poker strategies for you before you dive into a real game. Read on to learn more.
When it comes to poker strategy, the expression 'go big or go home' is an apt one – particularly with regards to betting. It’s worth considering that by betting the maximum number of coins, you’ll be in the running for all the top jackpots. Yes, a lot of players are hesitant to do this, but it actually makes perfect strategic sense.
If you’re reluctant to use the high betting strategy, there is an alternative approach. Rather than betting one 5 coin, for example, you can instead decrease the coin size by betting five separate 1 coins, ensuring that you’re now eligible for the 800-to-1 payout.
At PlayFrank you’ll find 14 different video poker online games to choose from, brought to you from a total of five different software providers, all of which can be played for free in demo mode. We pride ourselves on being a leader in online gaming, and this extends to the video poker games we offer to players in New Zealand.
It should be mentioned that players in New Zealand now have to register at PlayFrank first before they can take advantage of free-play demo mode. Thankfully, signing up takes no time at all, and once you’ve registered you can enjoy all our games for free.
In Jacks or Better Power Poker, your standard version of video poker is taken to the next level. This variant from Microgaming is played with a single deck of 52 cards and no wild cards, and offers players the thrilling opportunity to play anything from 4 to 100 hands at any given time. With such features as the Double or Nothing Bonus Round and the chance of a 4,000-coin jackpot win, this game will have you on the edge of your seat.
For those of you just starting out in the world of video poker online, Microgaming’s Deuces and Joker is an excellent choice. Here the traditional formula has been spiced up a little, with two new cards having been added to the standard deck. In this version, you’ll find the Joker card and Deuces card, both of which act as wilds and will boost your winning chances. Some serious wins could be on the cards if you happen to be dealt both at once.
Try and keep up on the fast-paced Aces and Faces Poker by Microgaming, because big win potential awaits. This game offers non-stop action as players are given the option to go from 4 to 100 poker hands at the drop of a hat. Get a Royal Flush and you’ll hit the 4,000-coin jackpot! A standard rules video poker game accessible to all levels of player, look out for the ‘hand of Jacks’ feature for the potential of enhanced payouts.
The clue here is in the name. Played with a standard deck and no wilds, on Microgaming’s Tens or Better Power Poker a winning hand will be made up of Tens or better. So, whether you’re a thrill-seeker or more of a cautious player, this makes for some fantastic odds. And if you manage to get a Royal Flush, you could also be in for the lucrative 4,000-coin jackpot.
For a mix of video and casino poker, give Microgaming’s Poker Pursuit a try. Players place their bet and are dealt three cards, after which they can choose to raise their bet or continue with their current wager depending on the cards they have been dealt. This is not your typical game of poker, and given that the outcome is dependent on the game’s software, in some ways it actually more closely resembles a slot machine than a traditional poker game. This will put some off, although it will likely appeal to casual players.
Just as we’ve seen with many other video poker online titles from Microgaming, All Aces Poker is a classic poker game with an added twist. As the ‘All Aces’ suggests, the main aim of this poker game is to obtain four aces. When you achieve that, a considerable payout awaits you. The only outcome with greater winning potential is the unbeatable Royal Flush.
Double Bonus Poker by Microgaming will be of interest to the more casual players among you. Played with a standard deck of 52 cards and no wild cards, the game is straightforward and accessible. It still promises some big win potential, though, with players in with a chance of winning up to 4,000 coins!
At PlayFrank Online Casino New Zealand, all our video poker games can be played on mobile devices with a reliable internet connection. So you can always access your favourite games, wherever you are.
There’s no need to download any online app, or any other software for that matter. With your tablet or mobile device, you can tap into our extensive catalogue of video poker games, choose the one you fancy, and away you go!
We’re sure we’ve piqued your interest, so why not try one of our video poker online games for yourself? Whether you're new to poker and prefer to test the waters with a free demo first, or you're a poker pro happy to jump straight in and play for real money, you’ll find what you’re looking for at PlayFrank.