How to use “Auto Hold” feature in video poker
The rules for playing online video poker are quite simple – the player gets five cards and has to decide which ones he would like to keep, and which ones to replace. Of course, he/she doesn’t have to keep any, or discard any of his cards. If he or she is satisfied with what they hav, he can keep them all, and if he thinks the cards are poor, he can discard them all and wait for them to be replaced with another five cards.
The procedure for the task is also simple – he just has to click on the cards he would like to keep – the rest of his cards will be replaced. Sometimes is not so easy to decide which cards to keep, and which ones to discard, even for the experience players, and especially with those who are just starting.
There are many strategies developed for playing video poker playing, for every particular type of video poker. In those strategies there are some optimal solutions for some particular situations – there are some rules every experienced player should know for successful playing. The payout ratio is somewhere between 98 and 99%, if those optimal strategies are applied.
Well, with so many different variants of video poker, who could remember strategies for every one of them? So, what can you do when you are unfamiliar with the particular video poker?
There is an additional feature on many video poker games today that allows the player to select the optimal move for the particular situation. This option is computer generated and known as Auto Hold. If you don’t know for sure what to do with your cards, you can always select Auto Hold and the cards you should keep will be automatically highlighted.
Of course, nothing is free – your payout ratio will be allegedly smaller if you choose to apply the Auto Hold function. Anyway, if you are a beginner, or just unfamiliar with the particular video poker, you should play with activated Auto Hold option. Maybe you can win less, but you can most certainly lose less, also. If you are not sure about the strategies, it’s advisable to play using a little help for a while. Afterwards, when you become more skilful, you can try without it.
If you would like to use Auto Hold, you have to activate it first, because it is turned off by default. You can activate it using options in the game menu.
You can find Auto Hold feature in some Power Poker versions of online video poker offered by Microgaming, and developed by the Viper software.
By the way, you have probably seen the Auto Play feature. You can watch all kinds of preset games, and in all Auto Hold chooses the cards to be played.