To bar someone from playing. It is rare that a casino will bar a video poker player but it does happen.
A hand with not even one pair but that does have an ace.
The amount of money wagered.
A row of video poker machines.
A player's available gambling money.
A variation of Jacks or better.
A bank of video poker machines all of which are networked into one progressive jackpot.
The casino employee who refills the slots and video poker machines.
Freebies or other benefits the casino gives to selected players.
These are virtual money. A 25 cent game means that each credit is worth 25 cents and so on. Each winning hand pays according to the hand itself and the number of credits wagered.
According to statistics, the number of hands of video poker it will take for a player to win the jackpot. Although there is no certainty that any player will win the jackpot in any given cycle, most jackpots are won in a cycle of 40,000 hands.
A poker variation in which the two is wild.
To throw away cards you don't want. Some machines ask you to discard while others ask you to hold!
To take more cards hoping to make a winning hand.
A hand that requires drawing cards to improve.
This is a calculation based on the pay back schedule and the odds of completing a hand. Ironically, although the payoff for straights is lower than for a flush, expected return dictates going for the flush in a situation where you can choose between going for a straight or a flush.
The value of a hand as a function of all the possible outcomes for that hand. (see expert play)
Playing according to a rigid strategy that increases the player's chances of winning. Expert play is based on the expected value of all the hands you get.
Jack, queen or king.
A video poker game with a pre-set jackpot.
Five cards of the same suit.
Four cards of the same suit, one shy of a flush.
Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same rank.
A five-card hand consisting of three of a kind and a pair.
Full Pay (machine)
This means that the machine has the highest possible payoff. Also called a 9/6 machine because it pays 9 credits for a full house and 6 credits for a flush. (see short pay)
A bad hand.
A winning pair. In Jacks or better a pair of tens loses; in tens or better it wins.
To retain a card or cards before the draw. Some machines ask you to discard while others ask you to hold.
This is the basket inside the machine where money is kept.
A percentage figure expressing the house's long-term expectation of winning from each bet.
A straight that can only be made by drawing a card inside the five-card sequence.
Jacks or Better
You must have at least a pair of jacks to win.
Poker played with one or two jokers. The jokers are always wild.
Kickers are important in regular poker but strategists advise players to never hold kickers in video poker.
The highest bet allowed at that machine. When playing progressives you should play the maximum bet.
When the machine allows you to play more than one hand at one time.
A straight that can be made by drawing a card to either end of the five-card sequence.
Two cards of the same rank.
A five-card made hand not requiring a draw. (see stand pat)
The amount the video poker machine will pay to players over the long run.
The amount the machine pays for each winning hand.
The chart, normally found at the top of the machine, that shows the payoff schedule.
See expert play
Playing several hands at the same time.
A pot that grows constantly until someone wins it. The jackpot is drawn from a bank of machines.
A tie. The player gets his bet back, doesn't win money and doesn't lose money.
Random Number Generator (RNG)
A computer chip that continuously runs through a deck of cards. It stops randomly when a wager is made.
A flush of consecutive cards headed by the ace. It pays off progressive jackpots and occurs about once in 40,000 games.
Sequential Royal Flush
A royal flush in perfect order reading from left to right. Some games offer a special bonus for this hand.
Three of a kind.
Short Pay (machine)
Some machines don't offer the highest payoff schedule. These are also called 8/5 machines because they pay 8 credits for a full house and 5 credits for a flush. (see full pay)
A program the casino offers. Members enjoys some comps and may get small rebates.
To decline to draw because the dealt hand is a winner.
A flush of consecutive cards.
A crib sheet to help players make the best decisions.
Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same rank
The deviation from the statistical expectation on an individual video poker machine.
The basket under the video poker machine that winnings fall into.
A card that is designated wild can be used as if it were any card in the deck.
Wild Royal Flush
A royal flush made with a wild card. These pay much less than a pure royal flush.
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