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.