The total amount of money wagered.
The total amount of money a player has available to be used for gambling, whether in the form of chips or
sitting in your bank account.
A monetary bonus awarded to a player, in return for playing with a given casino.
The average number of hands that pass between top-payout victories on any given video poker machine - typically
through the use of the royal flush. The phrase may seem to imply that there is a predictable number of
spins between each top payout, but this interpretation is misleading. Each hand is totally random, you
could even win twice in a row.
A poker hand which requires a specific card to improve in value.
A card category that includes Kings, Queens, and Jacks.
The best, statistically speaking, version of any particular game. The 9/6 Jacks or Better game, for example,
is the full pay version of Jacks or Better. Other variations give the house a larger advantage and should
be avoided, though with some casinos, you might not have the option to play full pay games.
The house’s statistical advantage displayed as a percentage. For players, a lower house edge is a good thing.
The casino, on the other hand, is looking for the highest edge possible.
A potential straight that requires you to draw one or more cards to fill a gap on the inside of the sequence.
For example, a hand that contains 6, 7, 8, and 10 requires a nine, and only a nine, on the draw to become
A hand's highest, non-paired card that could be used as a tiebreaker in traditional poker games. Do not
hold kickers in video poker - they don't serve the same function.
A potential straight that requires you to draw one of two cards to finish the five-in-a-row sequence of a
straight. This is much easier to complete than an inside straight. For example, a hand that contains 9,
10, J, and Q, can be made into a straight by receiving either an 8 or a K on the draw.
The diagram that tells you how much each hand is worth - payouts are displayed in terms of your bet size.
A jackpot that grows larger as players fail to win it. Typically, many machines are linked together to
feed the same progressive jackpot, and there is no limit to how large these video poker jackpots can grow.
Once won, it will reset to its starting amount.
Short for random number generator, this is the digital mechanism that allows for random events to take
place fairly. In the case of video poker, the random number generator produces a random 5-card hand from
a deck that does not actually exist.
The counterpart to "full pay". These are less than optimum slot machines because of their less generous
pay tables. These should typically be avoided.
A measure of how much a player should expect a machine to deviate from its expected return. Higher volatility
should result in bigger swings in your bankroll, both positive and negative. Although this point is often
debated, many players believe that higher volatility leads to increased risked.
A card in a specific video poker game that can act as any other card to create a more valuable hand.