By 1980, Video Poker machines could be seen in almost all casinos. Over the years it has become one of the most popular casino games to play. In 1994, came the opportunity to playing casino video poker and other casino games online. Online casinos use different software programs like Microgaming, RTG, and Playtech and they all offer video poker. The beauty about online gambling is that you can play at home at anytime and this has helped players not to incur huge travel expenses to get to casinos.

Today online casinos offer a wide spectrum of casino video poker machines, including progressive video poker games where you can win thousands of dollars. Other versions of video poker include Joker Poker, Deuces Wild, Draw Poker, Aces and Faces, and Jacks or Better. Most have great features like wild cards which can win you extra money.

You can play online casino video poker for free as well! It’s a great way to practice and to learn new skills. All casinos offer a Guest Player account where you are able to play for free at no cost to you.

Free Casino Video Poker Game
1. Download the relevant DirectX plugin if needed and then wait for the game to load.
2. Click “OK” in the Casino Login box.
3. Start playing by clicking on “DEAL”.

How to Play Video Poker

Video Poker is easy to play if you know the basic rules to a poker game. It is basically a five card draw poker game. The objective of the game is to simply get the best poker hand by either keeping or discarding cards you are dealt. You play the game against the Dealer/Casino and not against other people as in traditional poker. All the variations of video poker offer different winning combinations and payouts.

To play a video poker game all you need to remember is:

• Click on the number of chips you decide to wager
• Click ‘Deal’ or ‘Draw’
• Decide on what cards you would like to keep or get rid of.
• Click on the Deal / Draw again
• Winnings are offer based on the casinos’ pay tables for the winning hand.

Winning options at a Video Poker game

Jacks or Better: A pair of Jacks or higher is considered a winning hand.
Kings or Better: a pair of Kings or a higher combination.
Two Pair: Two sets or pairs that have the same value.
Three of a Kind: three cards of the same value.
Four of a Kind: four cards of the same value.
Five of a Kind: four cards of the same value, plus a joker.
Straight: 5 consecutive cards of the same value but not the same suit.
Flush: 5 non-consecutive cards of the same suit.
Straight Flush: 5 consecutive cards, all of the same suit.
Royal Flush: 5 consecutive cards, all of the same suit, the first letter and the last one a 10
Wild Royal Flush: Identical to a Royal Flush, but with a wildcard.

The wagering denominations in a video poker game vary from $0.25 to $100 depending on the casino you have chosen. Compare the payouts and other game variations with the different online casinos. You could first practice on a free video poker game to understand the rules and then go on to play for real money.