Video poker, or draw poker, allows the player to bet anywhere from 25 cents to $5 per hand. After inserting your money (usually a minimum of $20 in most online casinos), you can choose which denomination you’d like to bet.

When you’re ready to play, just click on the “Deal Draw” button to receive your cards. The idea in draw poker is to come up with a winning combination of cards, of which there are many. For reference we have included some common winning draw poker combinations below. You can improve your hand by choosing to “hold” certain cards and get rid of others. The cards you choose to get rid of will be replaced by new cards after you click on the “Deal Draw” button again. In draw poker you also have the option, if you win your hand, to double your money in a second round called a “Double Playoff Round.” (If you don’t want to play this second round, you can just click on “Collect” to get your winnings.) The double playoff round works in the following way:

The poker machine’s cards will turn over (face down), and then the machine will flip one card. You are betting, in the double playoff round, on whether the next card the machine flips will be higher or lower than this original card. If the next card the poker machine flips is higher than the first card, you win your bet and double your money. If the card is lower, you lose your money. And if it’s the same card, it becomes a push, and nobody wins or loses. Please note that in order to double your bet in the double playoff round, you must click on the “double” button.

Here are some common winning combinations in draw poker:

Jacks or Better: In video poker, a pair only counts if it’s Jacks or higher. Anything lower is not considered a winning hand.

Kings or Better: Again, kings and higher (aces, in other words). Anything lower is not considered a winning hand.

Two Pair: Two sets of pairs of the same card 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, in addition to a Wild Card.

Straight: Five consecutive cards going by card value, not of the same suit.

Flush: Five non-consecutive cards of the same suit, not dependent on value.

Straight Flush: Five consecutive cards, all of the same suit.

Royal Flush: Five consecutive cards, all of the same suit, the first card being 10 and the last card being an ace.

Wild Royal Flush: The same as a royal flush, but containing a Wild Card.