Video poker is a timeless casino classic, and these games have spread far beyond casino floors.

You may find video poker in bars, gas stations, airports, and many other stops you visit regularly. Video poker is so popular because its games are so easy to approach with simple rules and offer the potential to earn substantial payouts with a small investment.

The video poker scene in live casinos throughout Pennsylvania is alive and well. The landscape will only broaden as established casino brands throughout the state offer online casinos with video poker games.

How to play video poker

Video poker is a five-card draw style of poker. After placing your wager on a hand, you will initially be dealt five playing cards. You then have the option to “hold” or “fold” any number of those cards with the intent of making the highest-valued hand possible according to the poker-hand hierarchy.

Poker hands are listed in order from strongest to weakest:

  • Royal flush:  hand consisting of the cards 10, J, Q, K and ace, all of the same suit.
  • Straight flush: A hand consisting of five sequential cards all of the same suit, such as 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of clubs.
  • Four-of-a-kind: A hand consisting of all four cards of the same value, in each suit.
  • Full house: A hand consisting of both one pair and one three-of-a-kind.
  • Flush: A hand consisting of any combination of five cards all in the same suit.
  • Straight: A hand consisting of five cards in a sequence, regardless of their suit.
  • Three-of-a-kind: A hand consisting of three cards of all the same value.
  • Two pair: A hand consisting of two unlike pairs of cards.
  • Pair: A hand consisting of one like pair of cards.
  • High card: A consisting of no pair or higher value combination of cards.
    The highest value card is used to determine hand strength.

Different versions of video poker will offer different payouts for each outcome. Some games will come with conditions, such as requiring at least a pair of jacks. There are many variations of the game that also include wild cards and even jackpots when certain conditions are met.

Video poker odds

When it comes to determining the odds in a game of video poker, we can understand the potential outcomes rather easily. That’s because video poker is played with only one deck. That means odds are generally the same across all video poker games, be it at a live casino machine or on regulated PA online gambling site.

The general odds and payout schedule for jacks-or-better video poker hands are as follows:

Cards

Odds Payout Units
Royal flush (dealt) 1 / 650,000

800

Royal flush (ending hand)

1 / 40,400 800
Straight flush 1 / 9,150

50

Four-of-a-kind

1 / 423 25
Full house 1 / 86

9

Flush

1 / 90 6
Straight 1 / 89

4

Three-of-a-kind

1 / 13 3
Two pair 1 / 7

2

Jacks-or-better 1 / 4

1

Keep in mind, some variations of the game will offer different payout structures depending on a natural royal flush being dealt at the beginning of a hand.

Additionally, it may not be possible to win the total jackpot when holding a royal flush unless the maximum amount of wagering units are administered at the beginning of the hand.

Video poker bets

When it comes to wagering on a hand of video poker, the process is straightforward. Before the hand is dealt, you will be able to wager X amount on the hand. The result at the end of the round will determine your payout.

In general, the payout units are multiple of your initial wager. For example, if you wagered 50 cents at the beginning of the hand and you ending hand value earned a payout unit of 5, you would win $2.50.

Online versus casino video poker

There is little difference between online video poker and video poker played in live casinos because all the games are all machine-based.

The benefits of online video poker are you will never have to wait your turn to play on a particular version of video poker, and there are so many varieties in one place for you to enjoy.

Additionally, you can jump from variation to variation with no effort at all. So, games are played much faster than in a live casino setting.

Pennsylvania’s mobile video poker games

When it comes to mobile video poker games, we can already see plenty of example of video poker being played on Android and iOS-powered devices in other jurisdictions.

While there are many options and variations available to players, those options are not as numerous as those found in the online casinos themselves. We expect this to be similarly represented in Pennsylvania mobile casino apps.

Pennsylvania’s online video poker games

We’re excited for the entry of online video poker into Pennsylvania’s online casino scene. This type of casino game has been hugely popular among players for decades, and the trend will only grow as video poker proliferates into the online markets in the US.

MGM Resorts will no doubt have a commanding presence when it comes to online casino games in 2019. MGM’s video poker offerings are already first-rate in their land-based casinos and their partners at bwin.party, partypoker and GVC will ensure online offerings go beyond players’ expectations.

Sands Bethlehem will be another notable online video poker provider. With no current partners have been confirmed for next year’s expansion into online, the casino brand has made a reputation for itself nonetheless.

Online casino video poker games

Video poker is massively popular among serious and casual players. This attraction leads to casino game development studios creating immersive and rewarding blackjack games for all to enjoy.

Jacks-or-better is more than likely one of the most well-known and frequently played variations of the game. As the name suggests, players need to hold at least a pair of jacks to qualify their hand for a payout. Variations have been coming out year after year, some with jackpot prizes available and others with multi-hand functionality. Most every online casino offers jacks-or-better; it’s the easiest video poker game to enjoy.

Deuces wild and joker poker variations throw wildcards into the mix. Judging by a given game’s name, you should understand which card is wild. The wild can be used to create the strongest possible poker hand from the cards you are dealt. Just like jacks or better, these games also commonly feature jackpots and multi-hand variations. Special payout conditions are also available in wildcard games thanks to the potential to land a five-of-a-kind hand.

The last common version of video poker you may run into at a Pennsylvania online casino is straight multi-hand video poker, which may not offer wilds and have higher qualifying hands. However, it brings out the winning potential with the option to play as many as 50 poker hands at once.

When it comes to the games we expect to see, the most popular will include jacks-or-better, deuces wild, bonus poker, double bonus poker and joker poker.

Get all the online video poker games you can handle and more in 2019 with these brands and others making their way into online casino gaming.