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Video Poker Glossary

Machine Related Glossary

86: The act of debarring a player from a casino.

Bet Max button: The button that allows a player to wager maximum coins without having to click single coins several times.

Cash Out: To stop playing and collect ones winnings. This can be done by activating the “cash” button.

Coin Machine: A machine that accepts and pays out in coins.

Credits: The total amount a player can wager at a given time. It includes the amount deposited and the net winnings divided by the denomination of the machine. $10 in a 25 cent machine gives 40 credits.

Deal button: The button to be hit to deal the first set of five cards.

Denomination: The monetary value of a coin. Most machines today are multi-denomination in that a coin can take one value from a given range.

Draw button: The button to be clicked to replace those cards that are not on hold.

Flash Video Poker Games: Video poker games offered by online casinos that can be played without downloading.

Flat Top: A machine that has a constant jackpot.

Full Pay Machines: Machines that offer the best average payout ratio for that game.

Hold buttons: A set of buttons below each card to be clicked if that card is to be put on hold.

Multi-deck Machines: Machines that play with more than one deck. These offer lower payout ratios and hence should be avoided.

Multi Play: Machines in which ten hands can be played simultaneously.

Payout Table: The table showing the hands that offer a payout along with the payout ratio. It is either directly displayed on the screen or can be accessed by clicking a designated button.

Progressive Jackpot Machines: Machines in which the jackpot amount increases with the amount wagered.

Random Number Generator: The software used to generate the random sequence of cards.

Replay Button: The button to be clicked if the same wager is to be continued.
Reset Button: The button to be clicked if the player wants to change the wager.

Short Pay Machines: Machines that are not full pay machines.

Strategy Card: A reference sheet used by beginners that outlines the hold/discard strategy for a particular version of poker.

Ticket Machine: A machine that accepts a coded ticket with the initial deposit and outputs a ticket with the player’s balance printed on it.

Game Related Glossary

Demo games: Games used for learning video poker that prompt the player when he makes a mistake and corrects him.

Draw Poker: Poker games that allow players to replace cards that are potentially useless. Most video poker games are draw poker games.

Drawing Hand: A hand that needs a particular card in order to improve its ranking.

Face Card: King, queen or jack.

Five of a Kind: A hand with 4 cards of the same rank with the fifth card being a wild card.

Flush: A hand with 5 cards of the same suit.

Four of a Kind: A hand with 4 cards of the same rank.

Free Games: Video poker games that can be played in online casinos without wagering real money.

Full House: A hand with a three of a kind and a pair.

Going For Fours: A game in which if the player gets three of a kind after the draw he can pay a fee and go for a second draw in an attempt to get four of a kind.

House Edge: The percent of each wager that is taken by the house as per mathematical or statistical calculation.

Inside Straight: A hand containing 4 cards that can contribute to a straight with the required card falling in the middle of the run.

Junk Hand: A bad hand in which no card is put on hold.

Natural Royal Flush: In games with wild cards and jokers a royal flush made without the use of wild cards or jokers.

Nonpaying Hand: A hand that does not pay put anything and the player loses the amount wagered.

Outside Straight: A hand containing 4 cards that can contribute to a straight with the required card falling at either end.

Pat Hand: A dealt as a winning hand in which all cards are put on hold.

Payout: The amount won expressed as a multiple of the amount wagered for each hand in the payout table.

Payout Ratio: The expected winnings from each dollar wagered in the long run expressed as a percentage.

Rag: A card that is irrelevant to the hand.

Rank: The numeric value of each card.

Real Money Games: Games in which the player wagers his money.

Return Tables: Tables that list out the payout and probability of each hand in the payout table and calculate the return for each hand and thus the payout ratio.

Royal Flush: A hand with a ten, jack, queen, king and ace of the same suit.

Straight: A hand with 5 cards in a continuous sequence, but not of the same suit.

Straight Flush: A hand with 5 cards of the same suit in a continuous sequence.

Three of a Kind: A hand with 3 cards of the same rank.

Two Pairs: A hand containing 2 different pairs.

Wild Card: A card that can be used to represent any other card.

Wild Royal Flush: In games with wild cards and jokers a royal flush made with the use of wild cards or jokers.

Winning Hand: A hand that offers a payout.

Video Poker Games

3-Way action: A game with three separate bets that combines stud poker and draw poker.

8/5 Jacks or Better: The Jacks or Better game that offers a payout of 8 to 1 for Full House and 5 to 1 for Flush.

9/6 Jacks or Better: The Jacks or Better game that offers a payout of 9 to 1 for Full House and 6 to 1 for Flush.

Ace Invaders: A 3-line game in which aces dealt replace the card immediately below if it helps to improve the hand.

Aces and Eights: A game in which four aces or four eights get a bonus payout. This is based on the hand Wild Bill Hickock was holding when he was shot.

Aces and Faces: A game in which four aces or four same-ranked face cards get a bonus payout.

ACE$ Bonus: The aces are marked with the symbols A, C, E, and $. If the player gets four aces with the word “ACE$” spelled in order and consecutively there is a huge payout.

Acey Deucey: A game in which four aces or four deuces get a bonus payout.

Ace & Deuce Bonus Poker: An extension of Acey Deucey Poker with the payouts being further increased if the four aces are with a deuce or the four deuces with an ace.

All American: A game that offers a higher payout for a Straight Flush than other games.

Anything’s Wild: The game lets the player designate the wild card before the cards are dealt.

Bonus Poker: A game in which four of a kind hands of different ranks have different payouts.

Deuces Wild: A game in which twos can be used as any card.

Double Down Stud: A stud poker based video poker game in which players have the option of doubling their bet after seeing four dealt cards.

Draw 6 Poker: A game in which the player gets six cards on the draw if he is dealt three of a kind.

Jacks or Better: A game in which a pair of jacks is the minimum winning hand. It is the most common video poker game.

Joker Poker: A game played with the normal 52 cards plus one joker, which act as wild cards.

Jokers Wild: A game played with the normal 52 cards plus two jokers, which act as wild cards. The most common version of this game starts with a king pair.

One Eyed Jacks: A game in which the one eyed jacks of hearts and spades are wild cards.

Pay the Aces: A game in which there are bonus payouts for being dealt aces but no face cards.

Pick’em Video Poker: A game in which the player is dealt 2 single cards and 2 decks of 3 cards. Only 4 cards can be seen. The player has to pick one of the 2 decks.

Sevens Wild: A game in which sevens can be used as any card.

Tens or Better: A game in which a pair of jacks is the minimum winning hand.

Trade up poker: If the player is dealt three of a kind he can trade this hand for two hands without placing any additional wager.

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