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The Rules of Video Poker

Video Poker Rules

the rules of video pokerVideo poker is easy to learn and great fun to play. There are loads of different games and variants of online video poker available in 2024 at our featured South African casinos. As such, here are the video poker rules you need to know:

How to Play Video Poker

Once you've selected a video poker game, you simply insert the amount of credits you wish to play (anything from a single credit to the maximum bet).

You push the 'Deal' or 'Draw' button to be dealt five cards. You will be given the option to improve your hand by selecting to 'hold' the cards you want to keep and discard those you don't.

Any cards that you did not hold will be replaced with fresh cards once you push deal or draw.

Objectives of Video Poker

The objective of any video poker game is to get the best winning combination of cards. Obviously the higher the combination, the higher your payout will be.

Another feature of most online video poker games is the optional 'double' button.

You can only select this feature after a winning hand. If you select to double, you are given the opportunity to double your winnings from the previous hand but also risk losing them.

Video Poker Winning hands (highest to lowest)

The key to winning big amounts in online video poker is to make the best possible hands with the best possible payouts. Here are winning video poker hands in ascending order:

Royal Flush

5 consecutive cards of the same suit, for example 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace of Spades.

Straight Flush

5 consecutive cards of the same suit, for example 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of Hearts.


5 non-consecutive cards of the same suit, for example 3, 6, 9, Jack and Ace of Clubs.


5 consecutive cards in different suits, for example 9, 10, Jack and Queen of Diamonds and King of Spades.

5 of a Kind

4 cards of the same plus the Wild Card.

4 of a Kind

4 cards of the same.

3 of a Kind

3 cards of the same.

2 Pairs

Two sets of pairs (normally pairs have to be Jacks or better depending on the game you are playing)

Be aware that minimum and maximum bets will differ depending on the online casino and the particular video poker game you choose to play.

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