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AutoHold - Is It a Good Way to Play Video Poker?

Video poker is a great game as it is offered in an online casino, and if you have had any experience at all with gambling, you should be at least vaguely familiar with it, as you have no doubt seen or heard of a game of five-card draw. Are we correct? Then you may want to read this carefully.

In video poker, which is a "draw" game, you are dealt five cards, then have to make a decision as to whether you are going to designate certain cards to "Hold" (we capitalize that term because there is a button specifying it. Then the hand plays out, and you are paid if you have a winning hand. That's simple, right?

Well, even if you understand all of that, it may not be so simple to you or others. There may be a bit of confusion. There are, after all, a lot of variations to video poker, all of which are available at casinos that are powered by leading online casino software companies such as Microgaming, which also offers the option of playing a hundred hands at once. Yes, there is a lot to navigate, and if you are more or less a beginner, you may need some help with it.

And you can get that help, thanks to Microgaming, which powers a lot of Australian-friendly online casinos and has built a very intriguing option into its video poker software. It's called "AutoHold" and it can be your best friend if you are the type who would like to enjoy some of the thrills of playing online video poker but don't want to be saddled with those burdensome things, like knowing how to play. It is also useful, one supposes, for those who know how to play but don't trust their own decision-making.

AutoHold plays your hands for you. Could it get any simpler than that? All you have to do is make an adjustment in the settings for the video poker game that allows for AutoHold to take over your play. It will designate the cards to be held by you so that you can play the hands out and, hopefully for your sake, win. But you should not be under the impression that it is some piece of "genius" software, to the extent that it gives you the optimum mathematical solution to every problem. AutoHold does not necessarily plug you into the BEST play, but what it will do is, before you draw different cards, put you in a position to win.

When it comes down to it, there really is no substitute for good, solid video poker strategy. But for those who don't want to learn it, AutoHold may be the next best thing.

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