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One of the most popular games at an online casino actually bears quite a resemblance to a game that you might have played at home or with friends. Video poker is essentially a standard five-card draw poker game in which you are not playing against other opponents but against the house itself. This game is readily available in various parts of any land-based casino, including at the bar area. And what makes a little bit different from other land-based casino games is that the interface is almost exactly identical to that of the video poker game that is seen in an online casino.

Here is basically how all of these games work: the player receives five cards after pushing the Deal button. Then the determination is made, solely at the discretion of the player, as to which cards to keep and which to let go. Those cards that are held require the pro-action, by clicking the button that says "Hold." Those cards that are not held are considered to have been discarded. After the decision has been made, the "Draw" button is clicked a new cards come to replace the discarded ones. At that point it is immediately determined whether the player is a winner or not.

Well, that is the procedure. But obviously the game involves a bit more than that. For one thing, video poker is one of the few games in an online casino in which you can actually change the odds more favorably to yourself by playing better. And you can get as complicated as you want with the strategy. There are, in fact, books that are published about video poker strategy, and you might be surprised to observe how fast some people play because they immediately know what they are going to do with any given hand.

There are, of course, a number of winning combinations that are paid off in a video poker. In almost all of the games, the Royal Flush is the hand you are looking for. This consists of a 10-Jack-Queen-King-Ace, all of the same suit. This will generally bring about the highest payout.

Beyond that, it does become a matter of which video poker variation you are playing. If you're in a game like Deuces Wild, for example, then the two (2) becomes very important, because it is a wild card, meaning that it can be used in place of anything to complete winning combinations. And when you have four deuces, you're going to get one of the highest payouts in the game.

There are quite a few different variations on video poker, and they all bring about different challenges, as well as somewhat different valuations of combinations. In some of them, like the very common Jacks or Better, you have to have a pair of Jacks at the very least in order to get a payout. Then there is a game called Tens or Better, which requires at least a pair of tens to be paid from the house.

We could go on and on about the variations, and the strategies that are applicable for all of them, but our point is that US-based players are going to have every opportunity in the world to partake in any different kind of video poker game they like. And they will have a chance to win at all of them.

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