The object of Video Poker is to obtain a five-card poker hand that contains a winning combination. The better your hand, the bigger the payout. You choose how many and which of your cards are to be replaced. You may replace your cards only once.
If you end up with a winning hand, you can accept the win (press Collect), or you have the option to Double it. Should you choose to Double, the dealer draws an open card and you are given 4 unexposed cards to choose between. If you choose a card that is lower than the dealer's, you lose your original win. If the cards are equal, it is a tie, and you have the option to collect your original winnings (press Collect) or Double again. If your card is higher, you win double the amount of your original winnings. You then have the option to collect your winnings or Double even further.
You can also choose to Half Double, which means you only double for a half of your winning amount with the remainder being awarded to your account balance.
Video Poker Hands
Here is an explanation of Poker combinations used in Video Poker Games. In Video Poker card values in increasing order are: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A
Jacks or Better - a pair of Jacks or cards of higher value. The cards have to be of equal value, e.g. Q, Q.
Tens or Better - same as Jacks or Better, but the cards have to be at least Ten in value.
Kings or Better - same as Jacks or Better, but the cards have to be at least King in value.
Two Pair - two separate pairs of equal value cards, e.g. 10, 10, K, K
Three of a Kind - three cards of the same value, e.g. 8, 8, 8.
Straight - Five cards consecutive in value, but not in the same suit, e.g. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Flush - Any five cards in the same suit, but not consecutive in value, e.g. 4 of Diamonds, 8 of Diamonds, 9 of Diamonds, J of Diamonds, K of Diamonds.
Full House - a combination of a Three of a Kind and a pair, e.g. 8, 8, 8, J, J.
Four of a Kind - four cards equal in value, e.g. 5, 5, 5, 5.
Straight Flush - five cards consecutive in value and in the same suit, e.g. 5 of Clubs, 6 of Clubs, 7 of Clubs, 8 of Clubs, 9 of Clubs.
Royal Flush - Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 all in the same suit.
Wild Royal Flush / Joker Royal Flush - same as Royal Flush, with one or more cards substituted by a wild card.
Five of a Kind - five cards of the same value. Since there are only four suits, this combination can only occur in games with a wild card, such as Deuces Wild and Joker Poker.