Online Video Poker Part 2 – strategy and fun


It has been argued elsewhere that online video poker is markedly different from slots –online video poker is not simply a click-and-pray type game. Unlike an online slot machine where your only decision is whether or not to drop a virtual coin into the virtual slot, online video poker requires you to think and act and make decisions which have an effect on the outcome of the game. In other words, as soon as the money goes into the online video poker game, its relationship to slots evaporates.


Each online video poker game will have its own little thematic or strategic twist which makes it more or less unique when compared to the many others. While a couple of them will be mentioned here in passing, there are a lot of online video poker reviews and descriptions available on the World Wide Web should you be interested in sampling more of the spread. Instead of detailed description of various versions of online video poker this article will cover basic aspects of play, such as hold or discard options, more or less familiar to them all.  


A basic, single line version of online video poker will deal you a standard hand of five cards. There are other versions of online video poker which distribute more cards than the standard five. These are generally referred to as double line (for games that distribute 10 cards) or multi-line if the computer deals you more. However, regardless of whether you are dealt five cards or twenty, your objective will be the same –to determine which cards are best for you to keep and which are better exchanged for new ones from the deck, i.e. to either hold or discard. Note the icons handily labeled ‘hold’ and ‘discard’. The particular cards you keep or discard will depend upon the particular value structure of the online video poker game in question.


The random number generator of an online video poker game is made to emulate an equivalent number of ‘real’ decks. This means the odds of drawing a flush, a straight, a straight flush, or whatever in real life is the same as drawing a similar hand in an online video poker game. This means it is still possible to calculate hand odds in online video poker. In fact, your hand odds calculation will be more accurate in a game of online video poker than at a table game. This is because you know for sure, in online video poker, that if the card is not in your hand it is still in the deck, i.e. there are no other players who potentially hold it.


The fun thing about online video poker is that you may, depending upon the video poker game at which you sit, find yourself calculating outs on some interesting hands. Many versions of online video poker revalue certain cards or hands so that a pair of twos might have some special value that they elsewhere otherwise lack. This can infuse your online gambling experience with a pleasant degree of novelty. To illustrate this in another way, both Double Joker Poker and Aces & Faces are video poker games, but like Omaha or Texas Hold’em, they are not the same game.

Even better, many versions of online video poker provide a narrative or story-telling aspect. In particularly sophisticated games the number and level of your winning hands will advance or alter developments in the story. It is possible then, before heading over to the Hold’em tables, to make a few video poker bets and affect the outcome of a treasure hunt, or the fate of Ancient Rome. Now how compelling is that!?



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