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Full Pay and Short Pay in Video Poker

Full Pay Video PokerWhen you play video poker for full pay or short pay, it is imperative that you take a look at the pay tables. That gives you an indication as to how much each winning combination pays for each bet level. When you play the game, you are generally able to play one coin up to five coins. This is not to be confused with the bet that is ultimately made. In which the coin size is a factor.

The paytable is easy to find on any video poker game because it is right above the game interface. You’ll come to see when you study the tables, that there is quite a difference – a disproportionate one, really – between the payout for a one-coin bet and a five-coin bet. You will also find that there is quite the advantage of playing at the five-coin level when it comes to getting paid.

Royal Flushes, for instance, will pay their maximum amount only when the maximum (five-coin) bet is made. You can get there by clicking the “Max Bet” for your coin size on the bottom right of the interface. And the difference between the payout on this and other winning hands-on five coins and four coins is much more than the difference between four coins and three, and on down the line.

Full Pay Video Poker

In case you were wondering how these bets are constructed, if the minimum bet on a round of play is $1, then you would be wagering $5.

A “short pay”: the game does not offer all the value in the world to you. To use an example, if you’re playing Jacks or Better, you would be paid nine coins on a one-coin bet for a full house. Compared to just eight coins on a full pay game.  This may sound inconceivable, but it is estimated that a Jacks or Better game with a “short pay” table may present the house with an edge that is up to six times greater than the same game with a “full pay” table.

So needless to say, there is a considerable gap.

Something different than this that you want to be on the lookout for are games in which the payouts on the lower-ranked winning hands. Like three of a kind or two pair is lower, for the sake of making the payouts on higher-ranked hands like the Straight Flush or Royal Flush, which are listed that way for effect. We all know the chances of getting those hands are low, so you shouldn’t be misled by that.

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