Poker Pursuit is a video poker-like game offered by some online casinos. Poker pursuit rules are a bit different than those of the traditional video poker. The game is played on a similar machine in a live casino and usually using the same type of game graphics in online casinos.
The difference between poker pursuit and video poker is that in poker pursuit the player receives three cards instead of five at the beginning of the game. The initial bet is placed before any cards are dealt. After the flop the player may raise their bet or call (in traditional poker terms – check) for another card. Then the turn card is dealt and the player is allowed either to bet more money or to stand and get another card. The game ends when the player receives all five cards.
The payout in poker pursuit depends on the hand that the player collects. The game is played using the standard poker hand rankings with the lowest payed hand being a pair of tens. Poker pursuit is a tens or better poker game.
Poker pursuit is also a limit poker game which allows the player to bet only a predetermined amount of money. Prior to the game one may choose the number of coins they want to wager. This number also indicates the size of all the following bets. The higher the initial bet the bigger the payout.
Different online casinos offer different payout rates. The payout on different card combinations depends on the player's initial wager. The following table illustrates the most common online poker pursuit payout structure.
|4 of a Kind||1:49|
|3 of a Kind||1:3|
|10's or better||1:1|
Poker Pursuit Strategy
Unlike traditional poker games, poker pursuit is more a game of chance than the one of skill. Although it is a variation of video poker it does not employ the possibility of drawing cards, which means that the player has no influence on the final outcome of their hand. Therefore the optimal poker pursuit strategy is to raise when you have a winning or a strong hand and to call when you don't. For example, if you get a pair of tens pre-flop you must raise, because you already know you will win – that's the same as holding winning cards in video poker. Raising with three cards of the same suit or a three card straight-draw can also prove to be a valuable decision. However, if the pre-flop hand does not seem to be something with a possible positive outcome, it is better to call (risk no further money) and see what the turn or the river brings.