Learn the Basics of Online Poker

Poker is considered by many an easy game, with simple rules that can be learned in a short time – but simply knowing the rules is not enough to become a good player (not to mention an excellent one). A lot more depends on the skills – people reading skills, strategy, and so on – than on the cards alone. But knowing the basics of the game is also important. There are tons of books covering poker strategies, and the internet is also filled with reading material about the game, so I won't go into this territory right now. Instead, I'll deviate a bit into casino land, showing you a game that can help you memorize hand rankings better: video poker.

While considered by many the equivalent of slot machines, video poker is far from being just another game of chance. First of all, it's not completely random: the computer deciding which cards to deal to the player must work out of a deck of 52 cards. Besides, there are clear rules on what hand wins and which hand doesn't, rules that are taken directly from Five Card Draw. This makes video poker one of the most profitable casino games you can find at the Red Flush casino.

Let's take a look at the game in a bit more depth, shall we?

First of all, video poker uses the standard poker hand ranking system. There are some variations, of course. Some of the games you can find at the Red Flush Casino are not paying out for anything below a pair of 10s or jacks. Others, like Red Flush's popular Bonus Poker, will differentiate among four-of-a-kind hands: it will pay out more for four Aces and four 2s, 3s and 4s compared to other hands.

Aside from the fact that it acts in many ways as a slot machine – which is basically a game based on poker, only much more random by nature – video poker has the potential to bash hand rankings into the player's head. The game can be incredibly fast paced – the maximum number of hands I played in a minute was 10, that's one hand every 6 seconds – during which the hand rankings burn themselves into your brain.

Besides, the video poker games you can play at the Red Flush casino Canada will help you better understand how often a certain hand can be dealt to you before and after the draw. Casino games usually pay out way more for their more “unlikely” outcomes, and much less – even money, for example – for their safer ones. Seeing the Royal Flush at the top of the paytable gives you a hint on what your chances are to land such a hand – and probably help you take the right decision at the poker table, when you pursue the same hand in a cash game.

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