Video poker has really taken off in popularity since it was originally introduced in the early 1980’s. The games originally made their debut in land casinos, but were quickly ported to crude LCD handheld versions where punters could play free play versions in the comfort of their homes
. Once the internet and personal computers grew in popularity, online casinos and video poker soon followed. Video poker has been available online for over 20 years, and in many ways the game is nearly the same as when it launched back then.
Players who partake in a lot of online gambling will be the first to tell you that video poker is not the most widely marketed online casino game. That honor goes to slots, then table games, before eventually focusing on video poker titles. That is a shame, as video poker offers a challenging and potentially lucrative game for punters.
Joker Poker is a variation of traditional video poker or draw poker games that dot the landscape of casinos throughout the world. The game is nearly identical to games such as Deuces Wild or Sevens Wild, save for the fact that the game adds a card to the deck in the Joker, rather than using an existing card from inside.
Players who are playing a hand of Joker Poker will do so like this:
A player selects the amount of credits he or she wants to play. The player then hits the deal button where the game draws out five cards to the player. Players then analyze the cards in order to form the best poker hand possible. The Joker serves as a wild symbol and works to form the next best possible hand with a combination of it and the previous cards that were dealt out. Players can opt to keep all of their cards by holding them in the machine, or swap out some cards. Once a player opts which cards to keep, he hits the deal button again. After this, the game deals out new cards and the hand is analyzed. If you have put together a winning poker hand, you win!
The hand rankings in Joker Poker are as follows:
- Natural Royal Flush
- Five of a Kind
- Wild Royal Flush
- Straight Flush
- Four of a Kind
- Full House
- Three of a kind
- Two Pair
- Kings or Better