Video Poker Hand Odds

There are 2,598,960 different hands that could be dealt you in Video Poker.

Here are the ranking of different types of hands and the odds of being dealt each type in the original deal:

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
Two pairs 1:21
High pair 1:8
Low pair 1:3
No pairs 1:2

This chart shows on average how often you might expect to end on a winning hand on a 9/6 Jacks or Better machine(assuming you play 5 coins).

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

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.

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