Video Poker Thrills at Jackpot City Casino

Since joining the world of casino games in the late 1970s, at the dawn of a new video tech era, video poker has enjoyed a growing fan base in New Zealand and beyond.  

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Video Poker Hand Variations

When playing video poker at Jackpot City Online Casino NZ, you’d want to familiarise yourself with the game’s payout potential. Each video poker NZ game, contains a paytable with a list of hands and accompanying payouts, which include:

  • One Pair
  • Two Pairs
  • 3 of a Kind
  • Straight
  • Flush
  • Full House
  • 4 of a Kind
  • Straight Flush
  • Royal Flush
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Popular Video Poker NZ Games

Apart from the online pokies New Zealand players love, Jackpot City Casino’s video poker games selection promises a varied choice of fan-favourites, such as:

  • Aces & Faces Level Up Poker: Conquer 4 levels of video poker thrills with up to 8x multiplier rewards.
  • Bonus Deuces Wild: With deuces as the wild card, you’re in for pure 5-card draw video poker fun.
  • Bonus Poker Deluxe: Played with a 52-card deck, you won’t find jokers or wild cards in the line-up.
  • Double Bonus Video Poker: Various 4-of-a-kind combinations spell bonus wins in this release.
  • Tens or Better: With winning hands in the higher card range, keep an eye out for tens, royals and Aces.  


Online Video Poker Glossary

  • Action: The level of bet/total amount of money wagered during a betting round in video poker.
  • Credit: Units of currency available for betting in an online video poker game.
  • Discard: The selecting and removing of unwanted cards from the initial hand in video poker.
  • Draw: The point when players replace discarded cards with new ones from the deck.
  • Hold: Choosing to keep specific cards in the initial hand for the next draw in video poker.
  • Face card: Any standard deck card depicting a human face: King, Queen, or Jack.
  • Ace-high: A winning hand in video poker where the highest-ranking card is an Ace.
  • House edge: The statistical advantage the casino holds over players in online video poker games.
  • Max bet: The max amount of credits a player can wager on a single hand in video poker.
  • Multi-hand: An online video poker variant allowing players to play multiple hands simultaneously.
  • Paytable: A virtual in-game chart displaying the payouts for different video poker hands.
  • Pat hand: A complete hand that does not require any further drawing in video poker.
  • Payoff: The amount of winnings received by a player for a particular hand.

Strategise Your Video Poker Play

It’s important to note that online video poker is a simpler game than its table poker counterpart, and that you can empower yourself by knowing which move to use to your advantage:

  1. Firstly, remember that you can exchange as many or as few of your original cards as you want to, receiving replacements from the same deck – but, you have to do it all at the same time.
  2. You can’t wait to see what happens in online video poker and then raise or fold as you can in table poker or keep hitting as you can with our games of blackjack online.
  3. Once you’ve made your decision and any of the video poker cards you chose have been exchanged, the round is over.
  4. Take note, you can make use of a video poker strategy guide that shows you exactly which cards to exchange and which to keep. This can help you get better acquainted with what is good in table poker games too.
  5. Finally, you’ll be paid out according to how much you put down in the first place, and what is in your final hand.

Video Poker Beginner Tip

A top tip for first-time online video poker players in New Zealand? Practise on a Jacks or Better variant. If your 5-card hand holds just one pair of Jacks (or higher), you win! And with a payout percentage on such a hand at 99.46%, it’s the game of choice for beginners.

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Video Poker Vs Land-based Casino Poker

Video Poker:

  • Played on electronic machines, similar to pokies machines or at online casinos.
  • Video poker is usually a single-player game against the computer.
  • Video poker players receive a hand and can choose which cards to keep or discard.
  • Payouts are based on the strength of the final hand according to a predetermined paytable.
  • Typically offers variations such as Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, and Joker Poker.

Land-based Casino Poker:

  • Unlike video poker, it’s played at physical tables in casinos with live dealers and other players.
  • Usually involves multiple players competing against each other.
  • Players are dealt cards and make decisions such as betting, raising, calling, or folding based on their hand strength and the actions of opponents.
  • Payouts are based on the rank of the player's hand compared to other players' hands according to the game rules.
  • Offers various formats such as Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Seven Card Stud, and more, with different betting structures and rules.

Mobile Video Poker

Why play casino video poker games on your mobile device at Jackpot City? The biggest advantages would be accessibility, convenience, and flexibility. The mobile platform also promises access to a fully optimised product, which means zero compromise on quality. So, you can simply take your smartphone or tablet with you to play your favourite video poker titles, whenever you like, wherever you are.  

Video poker NZ players can enjoy seamless mobile access at Jackpot City via browser play or the casino app, available on the App Store if you’re an iOS user, and as an APK file on our casino app page if you have an Android device.


Safety And Security

Safety is paramount when playing online video poker in NZ at Jackpot City. You can rest assured that your transactions are secure and confidential, thanks to state-of-the-art encryption technology. Additionally, the casino holds a licence from the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, a reputable regulatory body known for its strict standards.

What’s more, Jackpot City provides responsible gambling tools and resources to promote healthy gaming habits, such as deposit limit setting, and self-exclusion options – empowering you to be in full control of your gaming.

Advantages Of Playing Video Poker

Skill-Based Gameplay:

Unlike many other casino games that rely solely on luck, video poker involves an element of skill.

Higher RTP (Return to Player):

Video poker typically offers one of the highest RTP percentages among casino games, often exceeding 99% for certain variants when played with optimal strategy.

Variety of Game Options:

Video poker comes in various game variants, each with its own unique rules and gameplay features.

Low House Edge:

While video poker machines are operated by casinos, the house edge is typically lower compared to other casino games such as pokies.

Single-Player Experience:

Video poker is a solitary game where players compete against the paytable rather than other players or the dealer.

Video Poker FAQs

Can I use welcome bonuses to play online video poker?

This would depend on the terms and conditions of the specific online casino, which should be available to you on their websites. Some casinos may allow the use of welcome bonuses for video poker, while others may restrict it to certain games like pokies.

Is video poker a game of skill or luck?

Video poker is a unique blend of both. Luck definitely plays a role in the initial hand dealt and the cards drawn, however, skill comes into play in deciding which cards to hold and discard to maximise your chances at having a winning hand. Using a video poker strategy guide can help improve your skill level.

Is video poker better than pokies?

The preference between video poker and pokies (slot machines) ultimately depends on personal taste and playing style. If you enjoy an element of strategy and decision-making, casino video poker games might be a better option for you. However, if you prefer a wide variety of themes and features, pokies would be a good choice.