A few days ago one of our readers posted a comment asking what the difference between video poker and online poker is. This is a great question because it can lead to a lot of confusion if you do not know the difference between the two. Vide poker and online poker do not really have a lot on common and in this article I will try to explain how they differ.
First of all, keep in mind that the only thing that is the same for video poker and online poker is the ranking of the hands (which can be seen in the image attached to this post). In both games you want to get the best hand but the dynamics are different in each game.
In video poker you are playing by yourself on a machine that resembles a slot machine. You are dealt five cards and can choose to dispose those that do not help you get the winning hang, then you press the ‘Deal’ button again and receive a payout if your final combination was a winning hand.
In online poker you are at a table with other players, you are dealt hole cards (the number varies depending on the poker variation you are making. Your objective is not only to form the best hand, but to also bet your competitors out of their hands in order to win the pot.
The main difference is the fact that in video poker it is you and your bets combined with the results in the machine trying to form a winning hand, whereas in online poker it is you betting against your competitors in order to win the pot.
The strategy for both games should be different as the odds and the objective of both games differ. Later this week I will go into video poker strategy a bit more in detail as it was the main topic last week and hopefully I will also look over some online poker strategy in the near future if our readers show interest.