There are a grand total of 2,598,960(!) different hands that can be dealt in Video Poker.
Here are the ranking of different types of hands and the odds of being dealt each type in the original deal.
Poker hand odds:
|Original hand||Odds of being dealt in initial deal|
|Royal flush (Ace, King, Queen, Jack & 10 of same suit)||1:655,000|
|Straight flush (a run of numbers, eg 6,5,4,3,2, in the same suit)||1:73,000|
|4 of a kind (eg 4 sevens)||1:4,200|
|Full house (3 of a kind plus a pair)||1:700|
|Flush (any 5 cards from the same suit)||1:500|
|Straight (a run of numbers, eg 6,5,4,3,2, from a mix of suits)||1:250|
|3 of a kind||1:50|
This chart shows on average how often you might expect to end on a winning poker hand on a 9/6 Jacks or Better machine(assuming you play 5 coins).
Winning Hands in Poker
|Winning hand||Approx frequency of getting that hand|
|Royal flush (Ace, King, Queen, Jack & 10 of same suit)||1 in 40,390 games|
|Straight flush (a run of numbers, eg 6,5,4,3,2, in the same suit)||1 in 9148 games|
|4 of a kind (eg 4 sevens)||1 in 432 games|
|Full house (3 of a kind plus a pair)||1 in 86 games|
|Flush (any 5 cards from the same suit)||1 in 90 games|
|Straight (a run of numbers, eg 6,5,4,3,2, from a mix of suits)||1 in 89 games|
|3 of a kind||1 in 13 games|
|Two pair (2 pairs)||1 in 7 games|
|High pair (Jacks or better)||1 in 4 games|
Poker Winning Hands Odds
A reasonably experienced player can play around 500 games of video poker an hour. At that rate you would see a royal flush about every 80 hours of play. But bear in mind that this does not suggest that the machine is ‘set’ to win that often.
It’s just that statistically, given the odds of a particular hand coming up, that’s the sort of frequency you might expect. There are no guarantees. You might be very lucky and get two jackpots,or you might not get one in twice that number of games.