Video poker is a game where skillful players can win if they make the right decision at the appropriate time. Video poker games, unlike slots, provide transparency to the players. This means you can make a strategy and develop tactics based on the game’s payback percentage. As a result, this game is more about skills and technique than sheer luck.
How to Calculate Odds of a Video Poker Game
Every video poker game uses a basic 52-card deck. These casino games have clear odds. They is a 1 in 52 chance of getting a particular card, 1 in 13 chance of getting any desired number, and 1 in 4 chance of getting a specific suit. Hence, the calculation of odds becomes straightforward.
First, list all the possible outcomes, then find the probability of getting the required card, and add the chance of getting any particular card and each outcome. The result will then give you the ‘Payback Percentage’ (the expected winning percentage). The higher the percentage, the more likely you are to win.
6 Video Poker Games with the Best Odds
Fortunately, you don’t have to calculate the odds of every single game because the data is available online. However, the recommended payback percentage is 99% or more. Here are some of the games giving you the best odds:
Double Bonus Poker
This game gives the highest payback of 100.17% among every poker game available online. It is named ‘Double Bonus’ because it doubles the payoffs for 4 of a kind hands, which means one gets 160 to 1 for an ace instead of 80 to 1 and 80 to 1 for 3s or 4s instead of 40 to 1. It also pays out at 10 to 1 and 7 to 1 for a full house and flush hands.
To even out money, the hand that comes up about once in every eight hands, their payoff is reduced for two pairs from 2 to 1.
Loose Deuces Wild
Generally, it has a payback percentage ranging from 99.2% to 100.60% and pays off 8 to 1, in contrast to the standard 9 to 1. For a straight flush, the standard payoff for a 4 of a kind of deuces is 200 to 1, whereas, in Loose Deuces Wild, it is a whopping 500 to 1. However, the loss can be huge. Therefore, a strong strategy is necessary for this game.
Jacks or Better
When it comes to online casino games, if you know how to play Jacks or Better, you can play other video pokers easily. It has a simple 5 Card Draw process. The payback percentage goes up to 99.54%. A royal flush is the highest-paying hand, paying off 800 to 1, while the lowest-paying is a pair of jacks or higher. A pair of tens or less doesn’t pay out anything.
It has a 99.17% payback percentage. On full house and flush hands, it pays off at 8 to 1 and 5 to 1, respectively. The standard payoff for 4 of a kind is 25 to 1 in most poker games, but in Bonus Poker, it varies based on the rank of the cards. For example, four aces pay off at 80 to 1, and 4 deuces, 3s and 4s pay off at 40 to 1.
Pick’em Poker, also known as Pick a Pair Poker, can give you a 99.95% payback percentage if played at the right paytable. You can choose to play a single hand at a time or multi-hand play. Interestingly, it is easier to learn strategies and find a good table for this game.
ACE$ Bonus Poker
Like the name, it is different from other video poker games as its aces are marked as A-C-E-$. But it has to be played just like Bonus poker. However, the four special aces give another bonus when they are found in the right order. The payout for such cases is 800 to 1. Interestingly, when it hits a royal flush, its bonus jackpot is comparable in size to that of a real jackpot.
All these poker games have a 99% or more payback percentage. With the correct strategy and probability, and selection of the best paytable, you can win easily with practice. It is recommended not to settle for less-paying tables. One must learn and practice religiously to become a pro player.
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