An Introduction to Smart Phone Video Poker

April 4th, 2011  |  Published in Inrodution

International Game Technology (IGT) is a designer and manufacturer of computer-based gaming equipment such as slot machines. As a result, the company has their hand in almost every aspect of gaming. Through WagerWorks, the company is able to develop online games for casinos. IGT has expanded their operations to include mobile gambling such as their recent announcement of Jacks or Better video poker for handheld devices.

Jacks or Better Gameplay

Jacks or Better is currently offered at a number of WagerWorks online casinos. Due to the game’s success online, players will be able to enjoy the action on their iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android gadgets. The mobile version of Jacks or Better is similar to the online variant in which players are distributed five cards from a 52-card deck and have the option to discard or hold. The lowest paying hand is a pair of Jacks.

The Main Difference in Games

The primary difference between the mobile and online versions is whenever the player receives any type of payout, the “Double-Up” features is activated. This bonus requires players to select between red, black and collect. If a color is chosen and the next card dealt matches the color selected, the previous amount won is doubled. If the color does not match, they lose their winnings. The collect button allows players to keep their current winnings and not participate in the game.

Adding Value to Online Casino Operators

The Vice-President of IGT stated that this is an innovative product that will add significant value to mobile and online casino operator’s portfolio. With the advances in smart device technology, software development companies will be able to exhibit their strengths while building on popular online game titles to create an instantly recognizable online brand.

A Variety of Jacks or Better

At its online gaming sites, WagerWorks delivers a variety of Jacks or Better video poker games with the two most popular being Phantom Belle and Lucky Draw. The standard version is Phantom Belle Jacks or Better which is visually attractive due to advanced animation. Lucky Draw Jacks or Better features a western-theme with a four hand format.

With the slow expansion of online gaming to the mobile platform, this gives players additional ways to access their favorite games. In the near future, it is expected that the mobile device platform will explode for shopping, internet usage and of course, online gamble. Therefore, IGT seems to be far ahead of the competition with their continued mobile releases of popular online gambling games.

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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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Novice Video Poker Tips

August 30th, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

There are a number of variants of video poker games found at both online and land-based casinos. For a new player, this can be a difficult choice. Also, beginners will need to find a game appropriate for their skill level.

Luckily, there are a few tips for novice video poker players. These pointers include:

  • Avoid multi-hand games
  • Choose the most basic variant
  • Research different online casinos

Online casinos make these tasks much easier for new players. The video poker games are usually divided into two categories; single hands and multi-hand games.  Single hand games are just that, one hand per session. Conversely multi-hand games can range from 4 to 100 simultaneous hands. An increased number of hands equates to faster-paced game play and a more interesting experience. Ideally, new players should begin with single hand games until they feel comfortable.

Since there are so many different types of video poker games available, it is important to choose the most basic variant which is Jacks or Better. This is because the play is simpler than other versions and the strategy is easier to learn. Other types add new elements that improve variety, but might be confusing to a new player. Additional variants include; the addition of wild cards, Deuces Wild and Aces and Faces.

Most online casinos offer video poker with the Jacks or Better variant. However, does one software provider have an easier Jacks or Better game than another? The rules and payout will be the same, there is a single feature found in some casinos that make the game play much easier; when a player has a winning hand combination the software automatically marks them as “Hold”. This feature prevents new players from throwing away a winning hand.

As a result, new players should conduct research to find online casinos that offer this feature. It can easily be found by perusing different casinos and even emailing the support desk so you do not have to sign up at multiple sites to find this beneficial feature.

New players to video poker should not be disheartened by finding the simplest version of video poker. Instead, look at it as making an informed choice as a customer and saving your hard earned money from placing wagers on complicated games. By practicing and following the previously mentioned tips, you will be able to advance to different versions quickly.

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