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Online Video Poker is a cross between online slot games and five-card poker. Instead of playing against other players and bluffing your way to a winning hand, you’ll need to decide which cards to hold after receiving five cards to increase your odds of getting a winning hand.

Slots Heaven NZ is the best online casino for Kiwi players to win real money playing online Video Poker. We have an excellent selection of single-hand and multi-hand Video Poker games that can keep you entertained for hours. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know to get started:

  • Top Video Poker Games
  • How to Play Video Poker
  • Rules and Strategies
  • Odds and Payouts
  • Video Poker Bonuses
  • Help
  • Video Poker FAQ
  • Play Now

Our Top Video Poker Games in New Zealand

Game NameDescription
Jacks or BetterPlaying with a single 52-card deck, Jacks or Better requires that you need at least two jacks to qualify for a winning hand. 
Jacks or Better Multi-HandChoose the number of active hands and play multiple games simultaneously. While you will have the chance at several wins per round, the minimum winning hand remains pair of jacks or better.
Deuces Wild Multi-handAll deuces or “2” cards are wild and can substitute for any card to create a winning hand. You can activate up to four hands with each bet.

Rules: How to Play Video Poker?

Regardless of which of the Video Poker games you decide to play, they all have essentially the same rules.

  • Place your bet: Choose the coin size that you wish to wager on the hand. Take note that if you’re playing a multi-hand game, your line bet will be multiplied to cover all the lines. For example, a £1 bet on a Deuces Wild 4 Line game, the total bet will be £4.
  • Click the Deal button: You will receive five cards. You can choose to hold or discard each card. In multi-hand games, the held card will appear on each line.
  • Click the Draw button: The cards you don’t hold will be discarded and replaced by new cards. In multi-hand Video Poker, the new cards will be added to the Held cards to complete a five-card hand,
  • Best hand pays out: Video Poker only pays out the best possible hand. So, if you have three K’s and two J‘s, you’ll win a Full House payout and not payouts for a three of a kind and a pair.

If you have any questions, click on the Hamburger button to open the help menu, where you’ll find the answers you need. You can also reach out to our dedicated Customer Support team with any questions.

Video Poker Rules and Strategies

The good thing about Video Poker is there aren’t too many rules to learn. As long as you have a winning combination of cards in your hand, you’ll win a payout based on the paytable. Each game may have slight variations, such as Jacks or Better has a minimum winning hand of two Jacks, while 10s or Better start paying out with a pair of 10s. The paytable is different for a game like Deuces Wild since the four wild cards increase your odds of a high-value win.

One nice feature is that if you have a winning combination after receiving your initial five cards, the game will automatically hold the cards for you. This is helpful in case you didn’t notice the cards. If you’re hoping for a different or better win, you will have the option to release those cards and try your luck with new cards.

Odds and Payouts

The odds and payouts of every Video Poker variant are slightly different. You can see the specific payouts for each game by opening the paytable on the gameboard.

If you’re looking for a game with the lowest house edge, play a game that has wild cards, which gives a big advantage to the player. However, it also offers lower payouts for most wins.

It’s recommended that you go over the paytable before you start playing, as it might help you make the smart choice when holding or releasing cards. 

The card hand ranking is the same for each game, and here is a quick breakdown of what each one means.

Hand TypeCardsDescription
Royal Flush10, J, Q, K, A You have all five royal cards in the same suit in your hand. This is the rarest poker hand. 
Straight Flush6, 7, 8, 9, 10Your five cards are sequential and with the same suit
Four of a Kind6, 6, 6, 6Four of your five cards have the number.
Full House4, 4, 4, 6, 6You have a three-of-a-kind and two-of-a-kind match in your hand.
Flush3, 6, 9, 10, AAny combination of five cards that all have the same suit
Straight2, 3, 4, 5, 6As long as you have five sequential cards, the colour and suit don’t matter
Three of a Kind3, 3, 3You have three of the same number in your hand.
Two Pair5, 5, A, AYou have two sets of matching cards.
One Pair10, 10Two of your cards have the same number. Most Video Poker games have a minimum value pair, such as a pair of Jacks or 10’s to qualify for a payout.

Bonuses and Promotions

Slots Heaven NZ enjoys spoiling our Kiwi players with an assortment of exciting bonuses. It begins with the Welcome Package, which can be claimed after making your first deposit. But the bonuses and promotions don’t stop once you join the online casino. Visit the Bonus Page for all the different types of bonuses and how to redeem them. The bonus offers are updated frequently. Make sure to visit the Promotions page for the latest offers, where you might find bonuses built specifically for Video Poker players.


Video Poker may not be the most difficult game to play, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have questions or issues that you need answered. Slots Heaven NZ has several ways for our players to find the answers they need.

  • In-Game Help Menu: Every game comes with a detailed help section that you can open when you click on the Hamburger button. Here, you’ll find the rules of your specific game, paytable, odds of winning each hand, and your betting history.
  • Customer Support: Our dedicated Customer Support team is ready to help answer all questions 24/7 via email, live chat, and telephone.  

Video Poker FAQ

How to win in video poker?

Unlike Poker, in Video Poker, you aren’t playing against anyone except the house. To win, all you need is the minimum qualifying hand to receive a payout. In most games, the lowest winning hand is a pair of Jacks.

What is the difference between Video Poker and real Poker?

These two games have little in common other than the hierarchy of winning hands. Real Poker is played against other players or the dealer’s hand, and Video Poker is a game that challenges players to come up with any winning poker hand.

What are the odds of hitting a Royal Flush in Video Poker?

The odds of getting a Royal Flush on your initial deal is 0.000.15% or about 1 in every 649,740 hands. The odds begin to increase as you receive your second round of cards, with the best odds coming if you only need a single card, and then the odds are 16.7% or 1 178,365. These odds are for Video Poker games without wild cards.

What Video Poker game has the best odds?

With four wild cards, Deuces Wild gives players the best odds of winning. It’s one of the few online casino games with an RTP over 100%, at 100.76%

How is Video Poker different from slot games?

Online slot games are 100% luck, and generally speaking, you’ll only have one chance at spinning the reels with each wager. On the other hand, Video Poker has an element of skill, as players can decide which cards to hold or release and then receive a second round of cards.

Can I play Video Poker on my mobile?

As long as you have an internet-connected device and a Slots Heaven NZ account, you can play Video Poker on your Android or iOS phones and tablets.

Play Video Poker for Real Money

Online Video Poker games are quick, fun, and have a very low house edge. This makes it one of the most popular online casino games to play for real money at Slots Heaven NZ. 

Register your online casino account today and receive your exclusive Welcome Package. Once your account is ready, head to the casino game lobby, load your favourite Video Poker game and play for real money today.