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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