Playing video poker online is pretty much the same as playing it at a land-based casino with some minor differences. In a casino you are around a lot of other people and have a bunch of things to distract you. The second major difference for you playing at home is that you have to actually deposit money to be able to play.
This is a good news/bad news thing. It is good news because it is easy to add money to your account. It is bad news for the exact same reason. It is very easy to add money; therefore, it is very easy to lose money. You have to keep disciplined when playing at home.
That is not to say that you don't have to show discipline in person, but it is easier to lose control at home. Let's take a look at some strategies that may help you profit from your video poker playing.
Your first step to making money at video poker is to pay attention to the pay schedule that is listed with the machine and make sure you are getting a good return. You also want to be aware of the jackpot and only be playing machines where you have a chance to make the big score.
When it comes down to basic strategy here are some things to remember. Don't go chasing after an inside straight. You won't hit them often enough to make any money. Always keep your pair over just one high card. Always keep your pair versus going for the straight or four flush.
The exception to this rule is when you are three to a straight or a royal flush. You then throw away the pair and go for the big score. Another thing to remember is not to be afraid to throw all five cards away if you don't have anything.
Drawing to a three flush or a three straight is virtually worthless unless it is a royal flush or straight flush. Video poker can be very exciting and very entertaining for long periods of time.
To make it profitable though, you are going to have to hit the jackpot once in a while and that usually means going away from basic strategy and playing jackpot strategy. This means always going for the big score possibility over the more likely return.
Always take a shot when you have three to a royal or three to a straight flush. You want every chance, no matter how small, to hit the jackpot. Hopefully you will hit your share and make video poker not only fun, but profitable.