Although many players would expect that the origin of the video poker derived from the video slot, the opposite is true. More than 120 years ago a designer duo from New York, known as Pitt and Sittman, where brainstorming about a new game, what later would be the very first video poker. This first gambling machine consisted of five reels with on each reel one poker card. The paytable was easy as it consisted of the most familiar poker combinations like they are still used in the many video pokers found at the many NetEnt Casinos.
Though different then the video pokers these days, winnings of the visitors of the bar playing on this poker machine where paid with beer as gambling in that time was forbidden in America. It’s the old poker game that has been used for the first gambling machine ever produced, but it’s this same poker game the Netent video pokers are based on these days. Though there is one very big different between the modern video pokers and the one designed by Pitt and Sittman, the winnings don’t get paid with beers and cigars anymore.
Playing a NetEnt video poker
Not one NetEnt Casino is complete without a wide range of video pokers including different variants like All American, Jacks or Better, and Deuces Wild. All these games are based on the standard poker game, but thanks to the variety of the games, NetEnt made it even more attractive to play the video pokers. Are you one of these players who likes to play poker, the video poker could definitely be worth a try, simply because the video poker is based on the original poker card game. This game is also perfect for those who have no clue about the poker rules, but would love to learn the game without any opponents or dealers to defeat. If you’re already playing poker table games or poker as a casino game, the many versions of video poker at the NetEnt Casinos could be a nice change in between.
Video poker rules
Although the video poker rules are almost equal to these of the standard poker, the biggest difference can be found in the leader of the game or actually the absence of the dealer. Poker played as a table game does include a dealer while a video poker is fully automatic. The biggest advantage is that there’s no dealer to defeat or to be defeated by, also perfect for those who just start to play poker. The poker combinations, so familiar for many poker games, can be different with each and every video poker, but poker hands like Two Pair, Full House, and Royal Flush are quite standard.
Even though poker rules are often experienced as complicated by beginners, the video poker is actually quite easy to play. After you’ve placed your bet, you click on the deal button and the cards will be dealt. You’ll receive five play cards coming from one deck of cards.
The nicest part of the video poker games is the feature that holds a poker combination for you, directly after your cards have been dealt. Like this, you’ll never miss out on a combination and no winnings are lost. It’s up to you to keep this combination or to change it if you’re having the idea you can do better. If no combination is possible yet, it’s up to you to hold any of the cards in order to prepare a potential combination involving a Jack or higher and perhaps the second round will finish what you’ve started in the first round. If no cards are on hold, you’ll receive five new cards and everything will be possible. Every NetEnt video poker game consists of two round as after the second round it will be clear if a poker combination can be made or not. The paytable, as often visible on the game itself, will tell you the winnings matching the poker combinations. These winnings will differ as every single version has several levels and coin values to choose from.
Just as there are many different video slots, table games, and other NetEnt games, the Swedish software supplier also designed several different variants of the video poker. Each variant can be played with a certain number of hands in order to make the video poker more interesting for the players at the many different NetEnt Casinos.
Besides the popular variant Deuces Wild, the only Netent video poker with two variants, you can also choose to play Jacks or Better, All American, and Joker Wild. All these NetEnt video pokers can be played as a one hand game or a five hand version up to a version played with 100 hands at the same time.
Video poker features
As most video slots include a wide selection of extra features, video pokers don’t offer that many extras except for a Joker maybe. The good thing is that the video poker does not depend on extra features as it’s all about the poker combinations. A Joker can help, but if it’s absent, there will be something else that assure you off nice winnings. Deuces Wild and Joker Wild are offering you a Joker, but in Jacks or Better, it will be two Jacks or higher assuring you nice wins. Besides the extra’s or easy poker combinations, every NetEnt video poker offers a gamble feature as well which gives you the opportunity to double or quadruple your winnings.
After a nice win have been made, it’s up to you to either use the gamble feature or to ignore it. If ignored you can start a new game, but if using this feature you are obviously going to gamble a bit more. Once you decide to give it a try and double your winnings, you’ll make a choice between red or black and when your guess was right, your winnings will be doubled. To quadruple your win, you’ll make a choice out of the four card suits as for example hearts or spades and a good guess will quadruple your winnings. Once you managed to double or quadruple your winnings, you can take another shot, but be careful as a wrong guess will end the feature and your winnings will be lost. To stay 100% safe and to keep your winnings, you just forget about the gamble feature and let your poker skills do the job.