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Pennsylvania Video Poker

Video poker is an all-time favorite for gamers. Players can easily access the online version of the game on many licensed online casinos in Pennsylvania.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Play Video Poker in Pennsylvania?

You must be 18 years old to play online video poker in Pennsylvania. However, the eligibility age is higher for players using land-based casinos.

Gamers above 21 years old can play poker at a land-casino.

Do All Casinos In Pennsylvania Offer Video Poker?

All licensed casinos in PA offer one or many variants of video poker on their websites. Based on your preferred gambling site, you can play video poker variants, such as Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, and Bonus Poker.

Pennsylvania legalized online gambling in 2017, following the passage of HB 271 or the Gambling Expansion Act. In addition, the House Bill also legalized online slot machines, table games, lottery games, and daily fantasy sports.

The HB 271 comes with a set of requirements that are enforced by the Pennsylvania Gambling Commission.

For example, players must be physically present within the state's borders to play online video poker at any PA-licensed casinos. Gamers must also be above 18 years old to play online casino games.

The age of eligibility is higher for gamblers in land-based casinos.

What Video Poker games Can I Play at Pennsylvania Online Casinos?

You'll find these video poker games at most PA online casinos:

  • Jacks or Better
  • Deuces Wild
  • Joker Poker
  • Caribbean Hold 'em
  • Bonus Poker
  • Double Bonus Poker
  • All American Poker
  • Tens or Wild
  • Ride'Em Poker
  • Aces and Faces
  • Triple Edge Poker
  • Oasis Poker

Jacks or Better is one of the most prevalent online video poker games. It is quite popular with new players since it enables them to calculate their payout ratios. In most casinos, the Jacks or Better pays out at least 99.54 percent of its wagers.

Software game developers, like IGT and NetEnt, are responsible for developing different game variants. You may find one or more video poker variants at your preferred PA online casino. For example, Chumba online casino features only the Jacks or Better variant, while Parx Casino offers over 15 video poker variants.

Can I play Online Video Poker for Real Money in Pennsylvania?

Yes. PA gamblers can play online video poker for cash rewards at licensed casinos. The payout ratio may differ for some casinos. Some casinos may set different betting limits based on the video poker format. Here are the main Poker formats in most casinos:

  • Poker tournament
  • Cash rewards
  • Progressive knockout
  • Jackpot Sit & Go
  • Fast-fold Poker
  • Sit and Go tournament

Players can withdraw their earnings via any of the available options in the online casino. Most online casinos will feature these payment portals for withdrawals.

1. Online Bank Transfer

Online bank transfers connect your everyday bank account to an online casino account. You can withdraw or deposit funds using this portal. Connect the casino's billpay feature to the bank account to use this option. Moreover, this method works when your bank has a billpay feature too. Examples of banks with the billpay feature are Bank of America, Chase, Capital One 360, HSBC, PNC, Santander, TD Bank, Wells Fargo, and Citi.

2. Instant eChecks

The Instant eCheck involves linking your gambling account to a third-party payment processor. Most PA online casinos allow VIP Preferred as a third-party processor for all withdrawals via Instant eChecks. To access the eChecks withdrawal option, register an account with VIP Preferred and save your bank and online casino account on it. Gamblers can easily request a deposit or withdrawal via the platform with ease.

3. PayNearMe

Online casinos in PA often have affiliations with land-based casinos. In most cases, these land-based casinos contain PayNearMe outlets via which you can withdraw your earnings from poker games. The PayNearMe option enables you to cash your winnings at an affiliated land-based store.

Select "PayNearMe" in the payment section to withdraw via this option. This will generate a barcode that you can use to receive your earnings from any affiliated PayNearMe outlet.

4. PayPal, Skrill, or NeTeller

These payment options are relatively common in most PA online casinos. All you need is to create an account on one of these platforms and integrate it with your gambling account. Use the same email for the gambling account and the e-payment platform.

What Video Poker Game Pays the Most?

Loose Deuces is the highest-paying variant in video poker games. It has a 100.97 percent RTP, which is quite high in online gambling. The RTP or Return To Player is the percentage of money that video poker is guaranteed to pay back to players over time.

In other words, if you deposit $1 in Loose Deuces Poker, you will get $1.02 over time. Currently, this is the highest for any online video poker game in PA casinos.

Double Bonus Poker is another video poker game with extremely high odds. The payback or RTP percentage is 98.87 percent. Sometimes, the 9/7 Jacks or Better has a higher RTP of 100.80.

Other high-paying video poker variants are:

  • Deuces Wild – 100.76%
  • All American Poker – 100.72%
  • Joker Poker – 100.65%
  • Deluxe Deuces – 100.34%
  • Double Bonus – 100.17%
  • Double Joker – 99.97%
  • Jacks or Better – 99.5%

Does Video Poker Pay Better than Slots?

No. Slot machines offer a higher chance of earning huge payouts via its progressive jackpot options. Slot players can earn millions of dollars from progressive slot machines.

However, there's a slim chance of earning a massive payout from the progressive slot jackpot. Furthermore, progressive jackpots only make up a small percentage of slot games. On the other hand, Video poker offers a higher payback than most slot games.

What is Full-Pay Video Poker?

Full-play video poker has the highest RTP percentage in an online or land-based casino. Poker variants with a lesser RTP are referred to as short-pay. The 10/7 Double Bonus and the 9/6 Jacks or Better are examples of full-play video poker.

How do I Know if my Video Poker Machine is Full Pay?

Players can determine if a video poker machine is full pay by visiting their preferred casino and go to the video poker section;

  1. Search for the pay schedule or paytable information on the machine's body. Some video poker machines have this information on their screen;
  2. Check it to see how much the device pays. Also, remember that a video poker variant may have different pay schedules.

For example, Jacks or Better is among the highest-paying video poker games. However, not every poker variant has a high payout. If your game is 9/6 Jacks or Better, you'll get nine coins for each Full house and six coins for each bet on a flush hand.

In contrast, if the video poker machine is an 8/5 Jacks or Better, you'll get eight and five coins for each bet on a Full house or Flush hand, respectively.

So, 9/6 Jacks or Better has a 99. 54% RTP, while the 8/5 version is lesser with a 97.34% RTP. For video poker players, this is a huge difference.

Are Video Poker Machines Rigged?

No. Video poker machines can't be rigged. These machines run on random number generator software, which selects the first five cards when you hit the play button.

Nevertheless, casino owners can "tighten" video poker games by reducing the payoffs. This means casino owners can reduce a 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker machine. So, players must always watch the screen to see if there's a reduced pay schedule information.

Can you Consistently Win at Video Poker?

No, it's impossible to win consistently at Video Poker since it is a game of chance. However, you can increase your chances of winning. Unlike slot games, you have a higher chance of frequently winning with these strategies.

  1. Follow these tips to win consistently at Poker.
  2. Find the highest-paying video poker machine.
  3. Always play the maximum coins. Video poker machines offer the highest payout for a royal flush.
  4. Take periodic breaks. The more you play, the more you lose. In the long run, video poker games are designed to benefit the casino.
  5. Take note of the bonuses and utilize them fully.

Should you Hold a Low Pair in Video Poker?

Yes, low pairs are more valuable than high cards in video poker. A low pair guarantees larger payoffs. However, you have a higher chance of winning more hands with high cards like a Jack.

What are the Odds of Winning at Video Poker?

The odds of winning at Video Poker are relatively large compared to other casino games. This is the only game where the house edge is extremely low. The house edge in video poker is within 0.48 to 5 percent of the original bet.

The odds of winning are also determined by the winning hand. The higher the winning hand's RTP, the lower the odds. Check the list below for the winning hands and their respective odds.

  • Royal Flush 1 in 649,740
  • Straight Flush 1 in 72,193
  • Four of a Kind 1 in 4,165
  • Full House 1 in 694
  • Flush 1 in 509
  • Straight 1 in 255
  • Three of a Kind 1 in 47
  • Two of a kind 1 in 21

The odds of getting a straight flush is 1 in 72,193. On the other hand, the chances of drawing a Four of a Kind is 1 in 4,165.

Why Does a Straight Flush Pay so Little in Video Poker?

There's no logic behind the low payout for Straight Flush in Video Poker. Despite the difficulty in getting a straight flush, players only get rewarded with $250 coins.

According to most user reviews, the Straight flush is an intentional variant created to give the house a better edge. However, users can try out the Straight Flush bonus hand, which pays out 2,000 coins.

Is there a Strategy for Video Poker?

Video poker is a combination of chance and strategy. For example, players don't have the choice of selecting the cards. Video Poker machines use random number generators to create different sequences of card formations.

However, there's more; following these strategies can increase your chances of netting higher and more consistent winnings.

Strategies for Playing Video Poker Online and Offline

  1. Understand the Pay Tables

You need to understand the different winning hands and the chances of getting them. There are eight winning hands in Poker. The chances of getting a winning hand are largely dependent on the odds. Players gave a low possibility of getting a winning hand with a high RTP.

  1. Play the Maximum Coins and select the maximum bet when playing video poker.

This increases your chances of receiving a massive prize when you get a Royal Flush. The Royal flush has the best payout ratio.

  1. Hold on to low pairs.

Low pairs are more valuable than high cards. In Video poker, try to hold on to low pairs. Many players often trade away the low pairs while pursuing high-value cards.

How Do You Win Video Poker Deuces Wild

The Video Poker Deuces Wild is a variant of the Jacks and Better. It is a highly volatile yet rewarding game. Players can win in Deuces Wild by following these guidelines:

  1. Practice the Free Version. Deuces Wild is a bit complex, even for veteran poker players in Jacks and Better. Register on any online casino and play free versions of the game. It will increase your confidence and experience before playing for real cash.
  2. Increase your bankroll or betting units to decrease the risk of ruin. Players need a sufficient bankroll to recover their equity and reduce their chances of losing.

What is a 9-6 Poker Pay Table?

The 9-6 Poker Pay Table refers to the chances of getting a Full House and a Flush at a video poker machine. You'll find this information displayed on most poker devices.

Can I Make a Living Playing Video Poker?

Yes. It's possible to make a living playing video poker. Under the right conditions, variants like Deuces Wild can net players $10.75 hourly wage. Imagine betting 1000 hands per hour, each hand at the cost of $1.25.

That's 1000 * 1.25 * 0.0076 = 9.5$ per hour. Now, add it to the casino's compound rate (0.1%). The compound rate is $1.25 per hour for this rate (1000 * 1.25 * 0.1).

Players will earn $9.5 + $1.25 = $10.75 per hour

For 20 hours per week (part-time), a video poker player can earn $215. That's **$11,180 per year. **

Which Casinos have the Best Video Poker Odds?

These casinos offer the best video poker odds:

  • PokerStars
  • BetMGM Poker
  • Borgata Casino
  • WSOP.com/888