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Australian Poker Machines - Learn About Aussie Poker Machines

A poker machine can have a couple of different meanings, as far as the Australian casino customer is concerned, and it is understandable that in some ways it can become confusing. So we are going to discuss both of the things it could mean, describing the games and how they work. .

The term "poker machine" can be what some people in the United States and other parts of the world refer to as a "slot machine" or a "slot game," and this term is then shortened to the slang "pokie." A pokie (or slot) is not necessarily a poker game, at least as much as other games are.

Pokies are extremely popular as part of the menu in an online casino, because they are very simple to play. Due to the nature of the virtual casino itself, there are a lot of poker-related offerings. So they are very distinguishable from that which is otherwise known as a "slot" game.

However, there is a machine-like game which greatly resembles poker as most of us know it. This game is called "video poker," and it is essentially a duplication of the game of five-card draw that many people are very familiar with. In this game, you would be dealt five cards. You must then make the decision as to which cards you would hold and which cards you would throw away. You would click on those cards you wish to keep and then click another button called the "Draw" button so that you can receive cards to replace the ones you let go. When you are dealt the cards that fill out your final hand, it is determined whether you are a winner or not.

The pay table is very easy to see, because it is right at the top of the interface. And pay tables will differ according to the version of video poker you are playing. If you are playing the most common variation, which is called "jacks or Better," for example, a pair of twos really means nothing in and of itself. However, if you are playing the variation of "Deuces Wild" you are doing very well if you are dealt a pair of twos, because they are both wild cards and you can use them to fill out a much better hand.

On the poker machine that we refer to as video poker you will indeed employ a great deal of strategy, in that you are using judgment on every deal that will govern your decisions as to which cards to hold and how to play the hand.

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