Video Poker Rules

Having a thorough understanding of Video Poker Rules and Terms will make you a better video poker player and increase your winnings.

Machine Rules or Instinct

When talking about “video poker” it’s hard to write about actual rules for the highly popular electronic game. Just as with slot machines, game play is straightforward, and ruled by player instinct.

Of course, you have the “machine” rules, which are the standard rules of operation just as with slot machines. Coin denomination and input, clickable buttons which control game play, legitimate winning hand descriptions and betting limits are the things you should be sure to familiarize yourself with.

Avoiding Mistakes

The best advice we can offer new video poker players is to use common sense when enjoying your favorite video poker games. For example, the first time many people play an online video poker game, their first mistake is to not check the coin denomination. Be sure to know what amount you are wagering. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you are wagering 25 cents, and the coin amount is set to $1 or more per hand because you didn’t adjust the bet amount.

Understand the Hold Buttons

The next newbie mistake some people make can be confusion over the “hold buttons”. These are the 5 buttons directly below your hands cards. On some games you might click the card directly.

You are dealt five face up cards in which you are to make your best poker hand from. From these 5 cards on the first deal, you are to choose the ones you wish to keep to make your hand and which ones you want to receive new cards to replace in the draw. When you have chosen your best cards you are supposed to click the “hold” button for each one, then you click the draw button and the cards you did not hold are taken away and replaced with your new cards to make your final hand from.

One very close friend of us here at Video Poker World told us a story of the first time she played video poker online. Well the newbie that she was clicked on the hold button for the cards she didn’t want! Imagine her surprise when the Three Kings disappeared and were replaced by crap! She NEVER made that mistake again!

So be sure to always check the game details before playing your hand or making your initial bet, these are the best rules to remember and play by.

video poker rules image

Common Video Poker Terminology

Below are some common video poker terms that all players should know and remember. These are the most common, but there are more and as you become a more seasoned video poker player you will learn them, but to get started these will help you to become a better poker player.

  • Coin Denomination The dollar amount of your wager in coins being wagered. This can range from 1 penny to $5 or more depending on the casino and your VIP level.
  • Draw Choosing to replace cards in your hand with new ones is called a draw.
  • Face Cards All playing cards with faces [lol]… kings, jacks and queens.
  • Hold Button These are directly below each one of your 5 cards and when pressed will save the corresponding card to your hand.
  • Double Button Found on most video poker machines, these options lets you make a side wager after winning a hand to try and double you winnings, but be careful if played wrong you will lose that hands winnings.
  • House The Casino.

Video Poker Hands in Ascending Ranking Order

  • A pair Two matching cards in your poker hand.
  • 2 pair Two pair of matching cards in your poker hand. Example – 2 x 5’s & 2 x’s queens.
  • 3 of a kind Three matching cards – example [three fives, three 10’s or three kings].
  • Full House A pair and three of a kind in one hand. Example – 2 x 5’s & 3 x’s queens.
  • Straight 5 cards that run in succession. Example 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 [suit does not matter].
  • Flush5 cards that are of the same suit [order makes no difference].
  • 4 of a kind Four matching cards regardless of suit.
  • Straight Flush 5 cards that run in succession and are of the same suit.
  • Royal Flush One of the hardest hands to get and pays some of the biggest prizes. A Royal Straight Flush consists of all 5 cards starting from the 10 to Ace in the same suit.

Video Poker Rules Conclusion

These are just the basic rules of video poker. Once you have a basic understanding, you should read more on our site for strategy tips and ways to play smarter. Moreover, be sure to read our casino reviews to find the safest places to play video poker online.



4.0 rating
200% Slots Bonus
US Accepted
Mobile Available
Progressive Jackpots
Live Dealer Games
18+ Terms and Conditions ApplySee casino site for more information. Please gamble responsibly. 18+


Casino Reviews

uptown aces casino home
Uptown Aces Casino
4.0 rating
Operating since 2014 see our review of the Uptown Aces ...

Game Reviews

sevens wild video poker image
RTG Sevens Wild Video Poker
3.5 rating
VP is popular in all casinos online and offline. See ...

Software Reviews

rival gaming video poker review
Rival Gaming Video Poker
4.5 rating
A closer look at Rival Gaming video poker and the ...

Video Poker Articles

which video poker game is best
Which VP Game is Best
3.5 rating
This article looks at which vp game is best. Some ...