Fast Ways to Master Video Poker

Video Poker Machine With Overclocked Graphic

You can choose from many options when you’re trying to find the best casino game to master. But only a few options give you a chance to play with a return of 99% or higher.

None of these options are exactly easy to master, but video poker has a clear path to mastery. All you have to do is learn what you need to do and practice the best way to do it.

In this article you’re going to learn everything you need to know. Here’s a list of 9 fast ways to become a master video poker player.

The One Casino Game Strategy

Real money video poker isn’t easy, but it’s simple. What I mean is that nothing is hidden if you know what to look for.

Here’s the step by step process for mastering video poker. Pick a good game, find good pay tables, use the best strategy, and get as much free stuff as you can.

This alls tarts with picking one game variation. The reason why it’s so important to pick one video poker game to master is because it limits the number of mistakes that you make.

Online Video Poker Screenshot

In the next three sections I’m going to quickly cover the best three options for video poker players. You don’t have to pick one of these three variations to focus on, but my experience tells me that these are the three best options.

It doesn’t matter which variation that you choose. What matter is that you pick one and get busy mastering it.

Deuces Wild

Deuces Wild is the best choice if you’re willing to tackle a more complicated strategy chart. With a good pay table and perfect strategy, Deuces Wild has a return around 99.75%. This makes it one of the best options in the casino, on close to even footing with blackjack.

You need to be comfortable playing with wild cards and understand that the lowest paying hand is a better hand than in many other video poker variations.

Deuces Wild is one of the most popular video poker variations so it’s easier to find machines than most other games. But it’s not the absolute most popular video poker game and it’s not the easiest strategy to play.

The next section covers the most popular variation of video poker. It also has an easier strategy chart than Deuces Wild. But the trade off is that you can’t get quite as high of a return playing it as playing Deuces Wild.

Jacks or Better

Jacks or Better is the video poker variation that I recommend to new gamblers. It’s by far the most popular and most common base video poker game, and it has one of the easier strategies to learn of all the video poker variations.

The game also offers a simplified pay table and you can quickly look at a machine and see if it has a pay table that you want to use. In fact, you only really need to know one Jacks or Better pay table, instead of a half dozen or more.

Jacks or Better is the best choice if you’re new to gambling or don’t have much experience playing video poker. You can learn how to master a more complicated game like Deuces Wild, and you might decide to do this eventually. Jacks or Better is by far the best game to start with for most players.

You can get a return over 99.5% playing Jacks or Better, so it’s close to what master players can get playing Deuces Wild.

Pick’em Poker

I almost didn’t include Pick’em Poker on this list, but in the end it offers something that the other two games don’t. But there are also a couple good reasons why it’s listed third on the list.

The thing that Pick’em Poker video poker offers that Deuces Wild and Jacks or Better doesn’t is the opportunity to find a machine that delivers a 99.95% return. This is an almost unheard of return, and if you can find it you need to take advantage of it.

The reasons why I almost didn’t include it on this list are that it’s not popular so it’s hard to find machines, especially with the right pay table, and the strategy is somewhat difficult to use. But I can’t ignore it because of the return numbers.

The Pay Table Is Almost All That Matters

I mentioned pay tables in each of the three previous sections. If you want to be a video poker master you have to become a pay table master. Strategy is important, but even if you use perfect strategy, if you’re playing on a machine with a bad pay table you’re not going to be working with a high return.

Video Poker Machine Pay Table

You need to learn the best pay tables, and their return percentage, for the video poker game you choose to focus on. I like simple, so I lean toward Jacks or Better. If the machine has a 9/6 table I play, and if it doesn’t I don’t play.

But even if you choose Deuces Wild, you only need to know a few pay tables. Most pay tables are bad, so you can always ignore the machines that don’t have one of the top pay tables.

The Coin Problem

I don’t know if this is really a problem, as long as you follow a simple rule. Video poker machines let you pick how many coins you want to wager. But this is simply a design that’s in place to take advantage of players who don’t understand how the return numbers work.

The rule when you play video poker is to always bet the maximum number of coins. This produces the highest return numbers. While it’s a good strategy to bet the smallest amount possible when you play most casino games, video poker is the opposite.

Break this rule at your own risk and at risk to your bankroll.

Do You Know How to Play the Best Way?

The first key to mastering video poker strategy is the right machine with the right pay table. But this isn’t enough. You also need to use the right strategy.

Every video poker variation has a strategy that you need to use in order to push the return as high as possible. And video poker masters always use the best strategy when they play.

The other things listed in this article are important, but if you don’t use perfect strategy you’re never going to be a master video poker player. Get a strategy chart and practice with it until you have every single play memorized. This is actually easier than it looks, but you have to practice.

Never Play for Free

I don’t mean that you shouldn’t play free video poker. In fact, free video poker is the best way to practice using strategy and memorizing a strategy chart.

What I mean is that you should never play video poker without getting casino comps or a bonus or some other type of reward for your play.

Casinos make money from offering video poker or they wouldn’t offer it. This means that you’re fighting an edge that’s hard to overcome. So you need to get as many perks as you can every time you play.

Progressive Video Poker

You need to know about a unique video poker variation that throws a wrench into everything. You’ve learned the best strategy for your chosen game and know all of the best pay tables. But you walk into a casino and find a machine that has a progressive jackpot instead of a normal bonus jackpot.

How do you decide if it’s a good opportunity or not?

Las Vegas Video Poker Machine

The best way to tell is to know the return numbers for a pay table that has all of the other lines the same as the progressive machine. If the jackpot is over the normal top number, the machine is offering a better return than the base game.

For the most part I avoid progressive video poker machines, but they can reach a point where they offer 100% or higher returns as the jackpot climbs.


Now you know every step you need to take to become a master video poker player. Pick one variation to focus all of your energy on. The three video poker variations listed in this article give you a short list to choose from.

Once you pick a variation, the next step is to identify all of the pay tables that are worth playing. Then start working on the strategy. When you get the strategy perfected and you play on the machines with the best pay tables you’re a video poker master.