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The rules of a video poker game might differ from one game to another, so we are going to discuss different rules that could change based on where the game is played..

The Minimum Paying Hand:

The minimum paying hand is the poker hand that players will have to achieve to be eligible to claim a payout. It differs from one game to another depending on the rules of the game as well as the other features. For example, if a game has a wild card or cards, it will have a higher minimum paying hand, which could be as high as 3 of a kind. This means that if players do not get a three of a kind, they will not qualify for a win. For a Jacks or Better, the minimum hand is a pair of Jacks. For Tens or Better, it is a pair of Jacks, but most games that do not have extra features, the minimum hand is a pair of Jacks.

The Wild Card:

The wild card is a feature that is offered at some, but not all, of the video poker variants. The wild card is always the Joker or the Deuce. This wild card can be substituted for any other card from the deck in order to help players achieve a winning poker hand. In Deuces Wild, for example, the wild card is the 2, which is where name of the game comes from. Another game is Joker Wild, where the Joker is the wild card. Some games might have more than one wild card, such as Joker and Deuces Wild. In this game, the 2 and the Joker are wild cards.

Hand Ranking:

Video poker follows the same hand ranking rules as regular poker with Royal Flush being the highest hand. It is also important to note that in video poker, it is the hand that matters regardless of the value of the cards forming it. For example, a pair of Aces will pay the same as a pair of Jacks and a Straight from 9 to K will pay the same as a straight from 2 to 6. Here is the poker hand ranking in an descending order:

 

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Royal Flush: A straight flush that begins at 10 and ends with an Ace. At some games, this hand will trigger the progressive jackpot, if there is any.

Straight Flush: Five consecutive cards in value of the same suit.

Four of a Kind: Four identical cards.

Full House: Three identical cards accompanied by a pair.

Flush: Five cards of the same suit.

Straight: Five consecutive cards in value.

3 of a kind: Three identical cards.

Two Pair: Two pairs in the final 5-card poker hand.

Pair of Tens: The minimum paying hand possible at video poker.
 

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