Winning Video Poker Hands

Here we offer the description of all possible hands in video poker games offered at online casinos. The hands are described according to the size of payoffs. That's why Royal flush has the biggest payoffs while High card or One pair (in video poker) offers the worst payouts. Additionally, as we have already mentioned in Odds article the higher the payoffs are the worse probability of the hand appearing.

Royal Flush

Royal Flush hand is the straight of the cards of one definite suit made up of the cards of the highest rank: ace, king, queen, jack and ten. Royal Flush is the best winning hand that provides has the biggest payoffs.

Straight Flush

Straight flush is the sequence of the cards of one definite suit however the highest card may be any card. For instance, poker hand that comprises 7, 8, 9, 10 and jack of diamonds is called Straight flush.

Four of a Kind

Four of a Kind is video poker hand comprising four card of one value and one of a different rank, for instance, four jacks and nine.

Full House

Full House contains three cards of the same rank and two of a different value, as two sevens and three nines.


Flush hand consists of cards of the same suit (clubs, spades, hearts, diamonds) with no regard for the value of the cards.


Straight is the hand with the cards in sequence with no regard for the suit, like 8, 9, 10, jack and queen.

Three of a kind

This hand has three cards of one value for instance the hand of three sevens and two other cards with different suit and rank.

Two pair

Two pair consists of two cards of one value and two other cards of one rank. For example, the hand of two jacks and two nines is called Two pair.

One pair

This hand has two cards of one definite value and three any cards, for instance two aces and three any cards.

High card

High card is the combination of the cards that doesn't make up any of the possible hand combinations. High card hand is used only in ordinary poker cause only if two or more gamblers have these hands the winner is that player whose hand has the highest card. In video poker game any player gamble against computer thus it is not possible to compare any hands of the gamblers and define the winner. So this hand can't be applied in video poker.

Finally, we advise you to learn all the hands carefully because this knowledge is important in the game strategy. While at online blackjack game you can simply refer to the blackjack strategy chart, at video poker you need luck and the understanding of the poker hands.