The Evolution of Video Poker

November 22nd, 2017

The Evolution of Video Poker

By: David Olsen

Video poker has been around for over 30 years. It started out when casinos noticed that many people liked to play cards but were too scared to actually sit down at a poker table. Video poker allowed these players to play poker without having to look their opponents in the eye. With the explosion of online casinos Video Poker’s popularity grew exponentially. This growth in turn led to the development of new versions of video poker. Here we’ll take a look at some of the more important developments in the video poker world.

1. Multi Hand Video Poker

Multi Hand Video Poker is like “normal” video poker on steroids. As its name implies, you’re playing more then one hand at a time. Common variations include Jacks or Better (of course), 10’s Or Better, Deuces Wild and more. The Games come in 4, 10, 50, and even 100 hand versions. Multi hand video poker is an exciting twist on standard single hand video poker. Today, most online casinos have at least one multi-hand version.

2. Power Poker

Power Poker is Microgaming’s version of Multi-Hand Video Poker and is probably the most popular multi-hand version on the web. Currently there are 11 different Power Poker Games in 4, 10 and 50 hand versions. Playing Power Poker is like playing the single hand version of the game. You start with the same 5 cards in each hand. You then select the card(s) you wish to hold. The remaining cards are discarded and new cards replace the discarded ones. Winning hands are determined by a redefined payout schedule.

3. Progressive Video Poker

Progressive Video Poker is yet another exciting variation of good old video poker. Progressive Video poker follows the same rules as a non-progressive version of the same game. The difference is in the payout of the royal flush. Often times, progressive jackpots build through multiple casinos, so potentially the pot can be huge. When playing a Progressive machine, it’s crucial to play the max coins on every play, that’s the only way to win the jackpot.

4. Online Poker Rooms

Online Poker is not technically a video poker; however, since there are obvious similarities between the two, I felt a brief overview should be included here. In video poker you are playing against a machine, winning and losing hands are determined by a static payout schedule. However, when you’re playing online poker, you are playing against real people. There is no predetermined payout schedule, you can win as much as your opponents are willing to wager on each hand. Also, and more importantly, Online poker allows you to bluff, meaning in theory, if you’re a good enough bluffer, you can have the worst hand at the table but still win, if you’ve been able to convince your opponents to fold. This is the main reason for the huge popularity in online poker.

Lastly, as you can see, video poker continues to evolve. What started out as a game for would-be poker players who were too intimidated to sit down at a real table, has, with the advent of Online Poker, come full circle. Today a poker player can sit down at a virtual table with players from around the world. Amazing.

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The Draw – Poker

November 22nd, 2017

The Draw – Poker

By: W.J. Florence

The Draw In Poker
“I dare draw as soon as another man.”
Romeo and Juliet. Act II., Scene 4th.
There is a slangy saying that the game of poker is “all in the draw.”
While this is an exaggeration, it is not so very far from the truth. In the
first place, it should be borne in mind that it is a duty each player owes to
the game, his neighbors, and himself, to discard and draw quickly and decorously.
It should be concluded as soon as possible after every one has come in or passed
out. The practice of poring over the cards should be deprecated; it often prevents
some other player from acting on an impulse suggested by the first view of his
own hand, and by delaying further procedure annoys the other players in general.
As to the method of discarding, one should throw his discards to the center
of the table, as nearly as possible in front of the next dealer. This discarding
should be done quickly and unhesitatingly. The dealer must. announce his draw
in an audible voice; the other players of course must ask for their cards so
as to be heard by the dealer and other players as well. After cards have been
drawn and before a bet is made, should a player ask the dealer how many cards
any other player drew, the latest decision is that the dealer is bound to answer.
Two cards should not be drawn to a pair unless an ace or king can be retained
with them, except for the purpose of a “bluff.” If most of the other
players are “in,” the chances of drawing an ace or a king are not
quite so good as those of drawing a small card, because the other players are
more likely to be staying in on high than on low cards. The probabilities of
such being the case are of course quite impossible to determine, but they are
very slight and are more than’ compensated by the chances of increasing
the comparative value of the hand by making aces or kings “up” instead
of two small pairs’. Thus, while it has been well said that the actual
mathematical expectations of improving such a hand are greater by drawing, three
cards, yet it cannot be denied that the practical value of the hand is much
enhanced by a successful twos-card draw. The odd card should only be retained
with a small pair – that is, on the merits of which the pot cannot, presumably,
be won say a pair of nines or under.

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