What is Videopoker and is it something you should spend time on?

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Video poker is usually played on slot machines and since its introduction in the 1970’s, videopoker has become the most popular form of slot machine worldwide.

Videopoker is basically man against machine. You start by choosing the game you want to play and then choose the size of your bet. Usually videopoker machines are coin operated with an allowed bet size of one to five coins.

After you have put your money in the videopoker machine it will deal you 5 cards and give you the option of keeping your good cards and exchanging your bad cards. After you have exchanged your cards, the videopoker machine will automatically credit your bank in case of a win. Whether you win or not, depends on the particular details of the game you chose. The minimum requirement for a winning hand is usually a pair of Jacks. The smaller the probability is of hitting a certain hand, the higher the payouts are. A Royal Flush pays the most, then comes a straight flush, four of a kind and so on.

So, is videopoker something you should spend time on? Well, some sites claim that videopoker will challenge your poker skills and eliminate the competition you usually face on real poker tables.

I really cannot agree with these statements. Without the competition from other players and the possibility of outplaying your opponents, the game of poker is reduced to pure chance and the ability to recognize poker hands.

In my opinion, if you want to improve your poker skills, you would be much better of depositing a small amount on a poker site offering micro limit games such as Full Tilt Poker. Start at the smallest tables and move up when your poker skills improve. There are plenty of online resources where you can read more on how to improve your game. The Poker Bankroll Blog is one of those sites.

Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a fast gambling fix where a small amount of skill is need, then videopoker is just as good as any other slot machine on the market.

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2 Comments to What is Videopoker and is it something you should spend time on?

Jared @ Gas Scooters
December 6, 2009

Since I’m not one who plays a lot of poker, wouldn’t it be best to play for free using one of the software programs or playing one of the free online poker games first? It would be fun to play video poker at the casino, I just think learning more first would be better.

Mark
December 7, 2009

If you want to learn poker for real, I would not recommend playing videopoker.
It is a simple casino game and will not improve your poker skills.
Play it for fun….that’s about all it can be used for.
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