Next to slots, video poker is probably the top attraction at both online and offline casinos. Video poker machines act like slot machines, except they afford players the opportunity to improve their hands if they know basic video poker strategy. Online video poker machines are fun, fast paced, and often more creative than those found in land based casinos. Even better, some online casino video poker games have favorable payout percentages for players that fully understand all the ins and outs of a particular game.

Here are a few online video poker tips:

Bankroll Management: Online video poker moves at relatively the same pace as land based machines. As a result, since video poker is a little more leisurely than slot machines, you don't have to be as strict with your bankroll. Start out playing the minimum bet until you understand how the game works, and then experiment with higher bets. Video poker is generally a more enjoyable game because you can interact with the machine, and in many cases, online video poker machines offer unique bonus games.

Know Video Poker Strategy: First of all, it's important to note there are many variants of video poker: jacks or better, deuces wild, wild cards, etc. As a result, the strategy for each game variant is different. Therefore, it's important to learn what's known as "perfect strategy" for video poker, keeping in mind the type of video poker you're playing. Strategies for deuces wild will not work with jacks or better. If you're just starting out playing video poker, pick one game, learn it thoroughly, and play it several times for real money before you move on to a different game.

Know the Odds: Like slot machines, video poker is particularly alluring because there are huge jackpots for royal flushes, 4 of kind, and even straight flushes. One has to remember, however, that the odds of getting one of these hands is near impossible, although many serious video poker players report getting a top paying hand one or twice in their lifetime. Keeping this fact in mind, don't "plan" to get a Royal Flush because it will probably not happen. Instead, bet wisely and capitalize on the smaller, more common hands. Even if you never get a Royal Flush, it is still possible to be a winning video poker player.

Various Online Casino Video Poker Machines, by Software Type:

RTG (Real Time Gaming): 7 Stud Poker, Bonus Deuces Wild, Sevens Wild, Loose, Deuces, Double Dueces Bonus Poker, Bonus Poker, Aces and Eights, All American Poker

Top Game: Deuces and Joker, Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker

Rival Gaming: Aces and Faces, Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Deuces and Joker, Tens or Better, Double Joker, Joker Poker