A Closer Look at Unusual Video Poker Games

November 16th, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

Video poker is an excellent game to learn due to the many variants that continue to develop. Different online software developers offer video poker games that only differ slightly. These typically include:

  • Jacks or Better
  • Joker Poker
  • Deuces Wild

As a result, online gaming developers have created innovative variants of these classic versions to stand out from the competition. It is worthwhile playing these games occasionally to veer from the monotony that can occur from the standard games. Some of these games display minor differences from the traditional games while others are significantly different.

Playtech released a game called 2 Ways Royal which is the same video poker game with a different pay table. The Royal Flush is a straight-flush of the top five cards. In 2 Ways Royal this is known as a Hi Royal Flush while the bottom cards are a Lo Royal Flush. Both pay out 4,000 coins with 5 wagered.

Cryptologic has developed a series of video poker games that parallel the traditional standard. The first is known as Bonus Video Poker which has the same rules as the regular version except the discarded cards are placed back into the deck which is shuffled prior to dealing replacement cards. This is a disadvantage to players as they can potentially be dealt the same cards they just discarded.

To compensate for this disadvantage, Bonus Video Poker pays a bonus if the player receives the same card they rejected. The bonus payout is a percent of the total amount wagered. The percentage varies per casino but is typically between 15% and 21%.

Microgaming has also created a video poker variant called Level Up Poker. The game begins with the player placing four equal wagers for four hands. The cards in the first hand are distributed. If the player wins they proceed to the next level, if they lose, four more hands are dealt. As the player advances to the next round, the payouts double if they win. If the player wins all four hands, they win eight times the original payout.

These three video poker variants give players a new and exciting way to play the game and give the casino an advantage over the competition with regards to game selection. New games are introduced regularly to please the customer and improve the experience of the online gaming site.

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