Video Poker Terms Dictionary

This lesson, Video Poker Terms at Learn to Play Video Poker will prepare you for your next casino visit.

Video Poker Terms: A - B
Aces and Faces Video Poker: bonus credits for Aces, Kings, Queens and Jacks.
Basic Video Poker: Single payline VP game using one 52-card deck. Unlike progressives, basic VP has a constant top jackpot payout, ex. 4000 coins for Royal Flush. 
Bet Max: To bet the max coins (usually 5) for each play/spin. The best payouts occur when maximum bet is wagered.
Bet One Button: Pressed when betting less than max coin. Press 1 for 1 coin, 2 for 2 coin, etc. Not recommended.
Bonus 4-of-a-kind: Pays bonus credits for certain quads and/or certain quads with a specific fifth card.
Bonus Deluxe VP:  Any Quad pays 400.
Bonus Deuces 9/4 VP: Payout of 2000 for 4 Deuces with an Ace as the fifth card plus higher coin for five 3’s, 4’s and 5’s.
Bonus Jacks+ VP: 2 pair pays 2, Four Aces pays 400. 

Video Poker Terms: C
- E       
Complete Hand: Term for straight, flush, full house, quad and/or straight flush combination.
Credits: Paid for winning hands or when you place an initial betting amount as displayed on the credit meter
Deal/Draw Button: Press for replacement cards not held during play or deal new hand.
Denomination: Most VP slots offer several denominations options, from nickels to $25.
Deuces Wild VP: 4 Deuces pays 1000.
Discard: Cards tossed in search of a better hand.
Double Bonus Jacks + VP: 10/7 versions pays 50 coins for full-house with max. coin.
Double Double Bonus VP: 4 Aces with 2, 3 or 4 kicker pays 2000.
Double Jackpot Poker (aka Aces and Faces) VP: 2 pair pays, bonus credits for King, Queen, Jacks and Aces.
Expert Strategy: Method of deciding which cards to hold and which to discard for each VP version, providing the best chance of winning in the long run.

Video Poker Terms: F - K

Flush (FL): Five cards all the same suit—clubs, spades, hearts or diamonds.
Four of a Kind (QUAD): Four cards of the same denomination. Ex. 4 Aces.
Full House (FH): Hand containing three of a kind and a pair. Ex. AAA-22.
Full-Pay VP (FP): Game that displays the best pay table. Ex. Jacks+ 9/6.  
Hand: Five cards as dealt or held constitute your hand.
High Card: Refers to Jack, Queen, King or Ace. Most VP games will return your bet for a pair of Jacks or Better.
Hold Button: Pressed for each cards you choose to hold for that particular hand.
Inside Straight: Completed with one card only, (ex. dealt--6, 7, 9, 10)--only the eight can produce a winning hand. This is a good bet to complete a Straight Flush or Royal.
Jacks or Better (Jacks +) Video Poker: 2 pair pays 2.
Joker Wild VP: 5 of a kind usually pays 1000 coins.

Video Poker Terms: M - P

Max Bet Button: Pressed when you bet the maximum coins for a hand. Usually a 5-coin bet.
Multi Play: VP slots where you can play 3, 5, 10 or up to 100 hands at one time.
Outside Straight or Straight Flush: Completed with two possible cards, (Ex. dealt 6, 7, 8, 9)--a ten or five can produce a winning hand. Hand should be held for a possible win.
Pat Hand: Winning hand is dealt with five initial cards. Whoopee, collect those credits.
Payback Percentages: % of how much a game will give back to the player in the long run given expert strategy. 9-6 Jacks+=99.5% game means that if you make expert plays, the most likely result is that you will get back $995 of every $1,000 you wager.
Pay Out: Number of coins or credits paid for a winning hand expressed as ‘one-coin’ payout. Multiply by 5 for total payout for max coin play. Ex. Jacks+ full house=9 for 1 or 45 coins total.
Pick ‘Em Poker Video Poker: Pair of 9’s or better=min. payout. Two cards are displayed along with 2 stacks of 3 cards with 1 card visible=total 4 cards displayed. Choose one stack of three cards to complete a 5-card hand.
Progressive Video Poker: Offers growing jackpots dependent upon amount of monies played through the linked VP bank/carousel. When either jackpot wins, values are reset to minimums for each. Max coin play is mandatory here.

Video Poker Terms: Q - R

Quad: Term for four-of-a-kind.  
Random: VP slots draw cards are selected at random from a single deck of 52 cards (53 for Jokers Wild). Each subsequent hand is shuffled utilizing 52 cards and dealt randomly. 
Rank: In order from top Poker hand down is: Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a kind, Two pair, One pair of Jacks or better
Royal Flush: Top payout for Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten of the same suit in any order with no wild cards. Whoopee!
Royal Flush Wild: Formed with Wild Card(s).  Ex. Joker Royal and/or Deuces Royal.

Video Poker Terms: S

Straight (ST): Sequence of five cards not of the same suit. Ex. is 4-5-6-7-8.
Straight Flush (SF): Sequence of five cards of the same suit. Ex. all clubs 4-5-6-7-8.
Strategy: Learned technique/methods of playing individual hands determined by the VP paytable and version.
Suit: Four suits comprise a non-wild deck of 52 cards: 14 of each of Clubs, Spades, Hearts and Diamonds. 
Super Aces Video Poker, aka All Aces Online: Four Aces pays 2000. No kicker required.
Super Double Bonus VP: Quad K, Q & J’s pay 600, Aces=800.
Tens or Better VP (10+): Pair of Tens or Better is the minimum payout for this game.

Video Poker Terms: T - X

Three of a Kind (3/kind): Hand with three cards of the same denomination. Ex. AAA.
Two Pairs (2PR): Hand with two pairs. Ex. is AA22.
VP Tournament: Promotional event where players vie for cash prizes with highest number of credits for play within a specific time.
VP: Abbreviation for Video Poker.
Wild Card: Used to complete a winning hand. Two popular VP versions are Deuces Wild—(4 twos) and Jokers Wild—(1 wild, but there are other versions with up to 4 Jokers). Several versions available online and off.
Wild Royal: Hand with a wild card(s) to form a Royal Flush. Ex. Deuces or Joker.
Winning Hand: Any hand where you receive credits. Ex. a pair of Jacks or three-of-a-kind in Deuces that return your bet. 

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