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Online Video Poker Strategies

Online Video Poker Strategies

A list of video poker strategies for different games

Like any good table game, video poker strategies can be learned with enough practice and a little memory. If all else fails, have these open in another tab or save them on your phone and start learning.

Mobile Video Poker Deuces Wild
Mobile Video Poker Deuces Wild

How to use these Video Poker strategy cards

To find the best strategy for video poker slots you first need to know your way around pay tables and poker hands. So have a read at our article about full pay video poker machines and the basics of video poker before starting.

All the strategies below work the same and have one aim in mind: to increase your casino video poker odds.

You look at the first set of cards drawn and we’ve put, in order, the set of cards you should keep in order of importance. So if you have more than one choice, go down the list and see which ones come up higher in the list and keep those to increase the odds of getting the best hand on your second draw.

A little word of explanation, when we say ‘high cards’ we mean the cards it would take to make a paying pair – usually Jacks or higher. However with a 10 or better machine, 10 would also be a high card.

Jacks or Better

The basic video poker strategy for a 9/6 machine

  1. Four of a kind, straight flush, royal flush
  2. 4 cards to a royal flush
  3. Three of a kind, straight, flush, full house
  4. 4 to a straight flush
  5. Two pairs
  6. A high pair
  7. 3 cards to a royal flush
  8. 4 cards to a flush
  9. Low pair
  10. 4 in a row to a straight (with the card missing on either end of the straight, not in the middle of a straight, i.e.. 10, J, Q, K, missing either the 9 or Aces)
  11. 2 high cards of the same suit
  12. 3 to a straight flush
  13. 2 high cards of a different suit. If more than two on the screen, pick the lowest ones to give you better odds of getting something on either side.
  14. 10/J, 10/Q or 10/K of the same suit
  15. One high card
  16. You got nothing? Better discard everything

The optimal strategy

  1. Royal flush, straight flush or four of a kind on your first go? Well look at you, jackpot winner.
  2. 4 cards to a royal flush
  3. Full house or flush
  4. 3 of a kind
  5. Straight
  6. 4 cards to a straight flush
  7. Two pairs
  8. High pair
  9. 3 cards to a royal flush
  10. 4 cards to a flush
  11. 10, J, Q, K of a different suit
  12. Low pair
  13. 4 cards to a straight with the missing card sitting on either side of the set. (ie. Your card is 6, 7, 8, 9 and you are missing 5 or 10).
  14. 3 cards to a straight flush
  15. J/Q of the same suit
  16. 4 cards to a straight, but with 4 high cards and the missing number sits inside the set. (ie., 10, J, K, A and you are missing the Q).
  17. K/Q or K/J of the same suit
  18. A,/K or A/Q, or A/J of the same suit
  19. 4 cards to a straight, but with 3 high cards and the missing number sits inside the set. (ie., 9, J, Q, K and you are missing the 10).
  20. 3 cards to a straight flush
  21. J, Q, K of different suits
  22. J/Q of different suits
  23. 10/J of the same suit
  24. 2 high cards with king, but different suit
  25. 10/Q of different suits
  26. 2 high cards with ace, but different suit
  27. J only
  28. 10/K of the same suit
  29. Queen only
  30. King only
  31. Ace only
  32. 3 to a straight flush
  33. You got nothing. Might as well try your luck and discard everything.

 

Bonus Video Poker

Strategy for an 8/5 machine

  1. Four of a kind, straight flush or royal flush
  2. 4 cards to a royal flush
  3. Straight, flush or full house
  4. Three of a kind
  5. 4 cards to a straight flush
  6. Two pairs
  7. A high pair
  8. 3 cards to a royal flush
  9. 4 cards to a flush
  10. 10, J, Q, K of different suits
  11. A low pair
  12. 4 cards to a straight with the missing card sitting outside of the set. (ie. Your card is 5, 6, 7, 8 and you are missing 4 or 9).
  13. 3 cards to a straight flush, but with at least one high card and one or no inside card missing and the possibility of getting a card on either side. (ie. 9, 10, J or 8, 9, J would work, but J, K, A wouldn’t as you can’t get anything on the other side of the ace, so look for another hand with better odds.)
  14. J, Q, K, A of different suits
  15. 2 high cards of the same suit
  16. 3 cards to a straight flush, but no high cards and no inside card missing. (ie. 7, 8, 9)
  17. 4 cards to a straight, but with 3 high cards and one missing in the inside of the set (ie. 10, J, K, A)
  18. J, Q, K of different suits
  19. J, Q of different suits
  20. 3 to a straight flush, but with one high card and 2 cards missing inside the set. (ie. 7, 8, J would work)
  21. K/Q, or K/J of different suits
  22. 10, J of the same suit
  23. A/K or A/Q or A/J of different suits
  24. Ace, all alone, by himself.
  25. 3 cards to a straight flush, with no high card, 1 missing inside the set, but the possibility of getting more cards either end of the set. (ie. 3, 4, 6 would work, but 2, 3, 5 wouldn’t as you can’t get a card on the other side of 2)
  26. 10/K or 10/Q of the same suit
  27. A single Jack, Queen or King
  28. 3 cards to a straight flush, but no high cards and two cards missing within the set (ie. 4, 7,8 or 2, 4, 6 etc…)
  29. None of the above? Might as well try your luck and draw them all again.

 

Double Bonus Video Poker

Strategy for an 10/7 machine

  1. Straight flush, four of a kind or royal flush
  2. 4 cards to a royal flush
  3. Three aces
  4. Straight, flush or full house
  5. Three of a kind (three aces ranks higher – keep reading up)
  6. 4 cards to a straight flush
  7. Two pairs
  8. A high pair
  9. 4 cards to a flush
  10. 3 cards to a royal flush
  11. 4 cards to straight, with the possibility of getting a card on either side (ie. Any set with 2 or aces)
  12. A low pair
  13. J, Q, K, A of different suits
  14. 3 cards to a straight flush, but without a two or ace and where the number of high cards in your hand equals or has more than gaps within the set. Ie. 9, J, K would be acceptable as though you are missing two cards within the set, but you have two high cards. If you had 7, 9, J that wouldn’t work as you have only one high card.
  15. 4 cards to a straight with 3 high cards
  16. J/Q of the same suit
  17. 3 cards to a flush, but with 2 high cards
  18. 2 high cards of the same suit
  19. 4 cards to a straight, but with 2 high cards
  20. 3 cards to a straight flush, with one or two gaps but at least one high card. Ie. 8, 9, J or 9, 10, K
  21. 4 cards to straight, but with 1 high card
  22. J, Q, K of different suits
  23. 10/J of the same suit
  24. J/Q of different suits
  25. 3 cards to a flush, but with at least 1 high card
  26. 10/Q of the same suit
  27. 3 to a straight flush but with two gaps within the set and no high card, ie. 6, 8, 10 or 2, 5, 6 etc…
  28. J/K or Q/K of different suits
  29. A single ace
  30. 10/K of the same suit
  31. Single Jack, Queen or King
  32. 4 cards to a straight with no high cards and card missing is within the set (ie. 3, 4, 5, 7)
  33. 3 cards to a flush, but no high cards
  34. Nothing above? Redraw and try your luck

 

Double Double Bonus Video Poker

Strategy for a 10/6 machine

  1. Straight flush, royal flush or four of a kind
  2. 4 cards to a royal flush
  3. Three aces
  4. Straight, flush or full house
  5. Three of a kind, except aces which are higher up the list.
  6. 4 cards to a straight flush
  7. A high pair of Aces
  8. Two pairs
  9. J, Q, K of the same suit
  10. A high pair (a pair of aces are higher up the list)
  11. 3 card of the same suit to a royal flush (not J,Q,K which is higher up the list)
  12. 4 cards to a flush
  13. 4 cards to a straight, with 1 or more high cards and missing card sitting outside the set. ie. 9, 10, J, Q and you need either 8 or K to finish the set. So no gap in the hand
  14. A low pair
  15. J, Q, K, A of different suits
  16. 4 cards to a straight, with no high cards but no gap in the middle of the cards. Ie. 6, 7, 8, 9 and NOT 5, 7, 8, 9
  17. 3 cards to a straight flush, but the number of high cards equals or exceeds number of gaps within the set. No twos or aces allowed. Ie. . 9, J, K would be acceptable as though you are missing two cards within the set, but you have two high cards. If you had 7, 9, J that wouldn’t work as you have only one high card.
  18. 2 high cards of the same suit
  19. 4 cards to a straight with 3 high cards, but the missing card is inside the straight. Ie. 9, J, Q, K and your are missing the 10.
  20. 3 cards of the same suit to a straight flush, with only one gap, or two gaps if you have one high card. Ie. 7, 8, 10 (only on card missing within the set) or 8, 10, Q (two gaps within the set, but you have the queen)
  21. J, Q, K of different suits
  22. 4 to a straight with 2 high cards, but the card missing is for within the hand. Ie. 9, 10, Q, K
  23. J/Q of different suits
  24. A single ace
  25. 10/J of the same suit
  26. J/K or Q/K of different suits
  27. 10/K or 10/A of the same suit
  28. A single Jack, Queen or King
  29. 3 cards to a straight flush, but no high cards and at least 2 gaps inside the set. I.e. 6, 9, 10
  30. 4 cards to a straight with no high cards and the card missing is inside the set i.e. 5, 7, 8, 9
  31. Nothing above? Bad luck, redraw everything, you never know you might get a lucky pair.

 

Deuce Wild Video Poker

Strategy for a full pay machine

The deuce wild strategy has been written a little differently, as here the optimal strategy is dependent on whether or not you have a wild 2 in your hand. 2’s are sometimes called ‘deuce’, hence the name of the machine, and how we will refer to them below.

If you have 4 deuces in your hand

Hallelujah. Keep those fours and draw again to see what the best possible hand you’ll get.

If you have 3 deuces

  1. Royal flush
  2. Keep the 3 deuces only

If you have 2 deuces

  1. Any four of a kind or higher hand that can be made using the deuce in combination.
  2. 4 cards to a royal flush
  3. 4 cards to a straight flush, with two cards in order, from 6 or higher. So you need a 6/7, 7/8, 8/9 or 9/10, consecutively.
  4. 4. Keep the 2 deuces only

If you have 1 deuce

  1. Any straight four of a kind or higher that can be made using the deuce.
  2. 4 cards to a royal flush
  3. Full house
  4. 4 cards to a straight flush, with at least 3 cards in order, from 5 or higher. i.e. 5,6,7,9 would work, but so would 5, 6, 7, 8 or 6, 8,9,10. It doesn’t matter where the card is missing as long as you have those three consecutive cards.
  5. 3 of a kind, straight, or flush
  6. Any other 4 cards to a straight flush
  7. 3 cards to a royal flush
  8. 3 cards to a straight flush, with at least 2 cards in order, from 6 upwards. So you need a 6/7, 7/8, 8/9 or 9/10, consecutively
  9. Keep your deuce only and draw again

No wild card

  1. Either 4 or 5 cards to a royal flush
  2. Three of a kind to straight flush
  3. 4 cards to a straight flush
  4. 3 cards to a royal flush
  5. Any pair
  6. 4 cards to a flush
  7. 4 cards to a straight which doesn’t start with 2 or end with Ace.
  8. 3 cards to a straight flush
  9. 4 cards to a straight, which starts with 2 or ends with Ace or has a missing number within inside the hand. i.e. 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, 8, 9, 10
  10. 2 cards to a royal flush
  11. A single J or Q high
  12. Don’t see your hand? Might as well draw again as there is nothing good to keep.

Winning at video poker games

These strategies will help in making you a smarter video poker player. The strategies we’ve written about above are the ones that we use and have worked for us in the past. There are more complicated strategies out there, but you’ll have to pay to get to most out of them.

However, video poker, as with all casino games are random and are dependent on luck, so simply because you pick the right cards doesn’t guarantee you’ll win.

From our point of view, we are looking for fun and entertainment. If you let a program or software do all the calculations for you, it takes away from the human skill and personal touch. We don’t want to have huge charts in front of us when we play, but we also want the best odds of getting a winning hand.

That’s what a good video poker strategy should do. Give you a map to head off on your own adventure rather than have a robot experience the whole journey for you.

So to bring back the softer more instinctual side of the game, we’ve also written our top tips and tricks we’ve learnt in our own video poker quest.

Next up: Video poker tips & tricks »

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