Video Poker Glossary
Video Poker has countless terms that may be meaningless to an average person or may be unfamiliar to newbie players. However, these terms are commonly used in video poker games and make it easy to start playing. Learning the various jargons is important as it can optimize your game play. This glossary includes widely-used terms and abbreviations you may come across in a game of video poker.
Aces with a Kicker – Four aces with a specific 5th card; awarded with bonus credits
Aces and Faces VP – Aces, Kings, Queens and Jacks are awarded bonus credits
Action – Regardless of outcome, this is the total amount of money wagered by a player, including all bets made
Bankroll – The total amount of money a player is willing to gamble
Bet Max – Refers to the maximum number of coins, usually 5, for each spin/play; the best strategy to receive the full payout for VP is to wager the maximum bet
Boat – Full house; 3 kings, 2 Queens
Cash Back – A percentage of a player’s losses resulting from using their player card
Catching Cards – You as the player will be dealt with a card/s.
Complete Hand – A straight, flush, full house, quad, and/or a combination of a straight flush
Cowboys – Kings
Cycle – The average number of hands, roughly every 40, 000 hands, it takes for a machine to hit a royal flush, which is the jackpot
Deal/Draw Button – To be pressed by a player to deal a new hand to improve and make a solid hand
Deuce – A two
Dirty Royal – A Royal with one or more Deuces; payout is generally lower
Discard – To cast aside a card in search of a better hand
Double Inside Straight Flush – Refers to a hand with three cards in the same suit; and two gaps where the two will complete a straight flush
Double Up – To double a wager for a winning hand; to win, a higher card than the one displayed must be drawn
Face Card – Refers to any Jack, Queen or King; they are called as such as the cards have faces instead of numbers and a suit
Fishhooks – Jacks
Flush – Five cards having all the same suit” clubs, diamonds, hearts or spades
Four-of-a-Kind or Quad – Four cards having the same denomination, e.g. 4 Aces.
Four Card Flush – Four cards having the same suit, e.g. 2s- 8c- 5c- Jc
Four Card Inside Straight – Four cards of any suit, with one or two gaps. E.g. 6-8-9-10-Q.
Four Card Inside Straight Flush – Four cards having the same suit with one gap, where 1 card can complete a straight flush. E.g. 7c, 8c, 10c, Jc, 3d.
Four Card Royal Flush – Four cards having the same suit where one card will complete a royal flush. E.g. 10c-Jc-Qc-Kc-7d.
Four Card Straight – Four cards that are not in the same suit in consecutive order, with both ends open. E.g. one card (a 6 or a J) completes a straight with 7c, 8s, 9h, 10d.
Four Card Straight Flush – Four cards in the same suit in consecutive order, with both ends open. E.g. one card (a 6 or a J) completes a straight with 7c, 8s, 9h, 10d.
Full House – Refers to a hand that contains a three of a kind and a pair. E.g. AAA-22
Full Pay – Refers to a video poker machine that showcases the best possible pay table.
Hand – Pertains to five cards dealt to a player
Hand Pay – When a player hits a jackpot, the player is paid by hand instead of credits on a machine.
High Card – Refers to a Jack, Queen, King or an Ace.
Hold Button – Pressed by a player for each chosen card to hold for a particular hand
House Edge – The advantage that a casino holds over its players; usually expressed in percentage
Kicker – A fifth card that pays additional credits
Ladies – A jargon for Queens
Outside Straight or Straight Flush – A hand that is completed with two possible hands, such as a 10 or a 5, for a hand consisting of cards 6-7-8-9, to produce a winning hand.
Pat Hand – The five initial cards dealt to a player, which resulted to a winning hand
Payback Percentage – The average percentage of each bet on how much a machine will return to a player
Payout – The amount, in coins or credit, that a video poker machine pays off for a specific or winning poker hand.
Payout Table – A table that displays the winning hands and its corresponding payouts with number of coins bet
Progressive Video Poker – An increasing jackpot amount dependent on the percentage of each bet, that grows until the player hits the jackpot; then starts over at a lower amount.
Quad – Four-of-a-kind
Rainbow – Several cards of different suits
Rank – The order of hands in poker, from the top down is as follows: Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind, Two Pair, One Pair or Jacks or Better.
Royal Flush – A hand with a top payout for a Ace-King-Queen-Jack and Ten of the same suit in any order
Royal Flush – A hand completed with wild card (s)
Straight – Five cards of not the same suit but in sequence
Straight Flush – Five cards of the same suit and in sequence
Suit – Four suits in a non-wild deck on 52 cards: clubs, spades, hearts and diamonds
Three of a Kind/ Trips – A hand with 3 cards of the same denomination. E.g. AAA
Two Pairs – Hand with two pairs. E.g. AA22
Wild Card – A card used to substitute another to complete a winning hand
Common Abbreviations Used in Video Poker
9/6 JOB – a variation of Jacks or Better that pays nine coins for a full house and 6 coins for a flush
10/7 DB – a Double Bonus game that pays ten coins for a full house and seven coins for a flush
A+8 – Aces and Eights
BP – Bonus Poker
DB – Double Bonus
DDB – Double Double Bonus
FPDW – Full-Pay Deuces Wild
JOB – Jacks or Better
JW – Joker Wild
JW2 – 2 Pair Joker Wild
LDW – Loose Deuces Wild
NSUD – Not-So-Ugly Ducks (Deuces are nicknamed ‘Ducks’)
PKM – Pick ‘em
SA – Super Aces