It's not inaccurate to describe video poker as massively popular in America and every casino on the Las Vegas strip is always busy with hopeful punters trying their luck, aiming for the magic royal flush. Since video poker's original inception in the 1970's, the game has developed consideraly with lots of spin-off versions and technical enhancements including auto-hold, multi-hand play and auto-bet features.
The international nature of online casinos has helped video poker's popularity spread to new players across the globe. As with most things gambling-related, the online versions of video poker tends to easily beat the offline 'competition' due to a much mightier collection of poker games and an impossible to compete with number of game variations including Aces and Faces, All American, Deuces Wild and Jacks or Better - each with countless variations. Some online video poker games allow you to play 100 games at once. If that doesn't get your adrenaline pumping after scoring a good base hand, nothing will.
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Betsoft Video Poker Games
Jacks or Better Betsoft's Jacks or Better is a faithful, no frills version of the classic video poker game. Jacks or Better has a double up feature, offered after every win. If you choose to gamble, you must draw a higher card than the dealer's card to double your winnings. You can continue to double up or collect.
Joker Poker Joker Poker is a standard video poker game that is almost entirely faithful to the original game but with a twist - there's a joker card that acts as 'wild', replacing other cards to form wins. On top of standard poker wins, Joker Poker also allows wild wins (with the joker card) to form a wild royal flush and five of a kind.
Microgaming Video Poker Games
Aces and Faces Aces and Faces is a good next step if you've only played 10's/Jacks or Better video poker. The game is standard video poker (no wild cards) but with higher payouts for four of a kind, if they're 'aces or faces' - jacks, queens, kings or aces. These extra payouts are paid for with reduced wins for a full house or flush. Stakes are from 25p to £25. Wins can be gambled in a 'double or nothing' feature, which can be repeated multiple times, potentially converting small wins into hundreds or thousands of pounds.
All American Poker All American Poker is a 'jacks or better' video poker game, faithful to the basic version except for a few payout twists. All American Poker pays extra for a straight flush, four of a kind, flush or straight. To compensate, a full house or two pair will pay less. Payouts are unchanged for a royal flush, three of a kind or jacks or better. An optional autoplay feature will hold your best cards. After every win you have the chance to double the amount by beating the dealer in a bonus game (highest card wins).
Double Joker Power Poker Double Joker Power Poker is played with one standard deck of 52 cards, plus two Jokers that are both wild. Standard poker hands apply here - two pairs or better will return a prize but there are also some new hands to aim for such as 'Five of a Kind' and 'Joker Royal Flush'.
NetEnt Video Poker Games
10 Hand Jacks or Better For those who take video poker seriously, this version by NetEnt is a 10-hand game. You'll be dealt one hand, hold the best cards and dump the rest, giving you up to ten winning hands. 10 Hand Jacks or Better is suitable for low and high rollers, there are lots of coin values to select and five different bet levels. There's a gamble feature which can double or quadruple your winnings.
Deuces Wild Deuces Wild is an easy to learn game, identical to standard video poker in most ways, with one handy exception - all 2's ("deuces") are 'wild', meaning 2's are counted as the best paying card to complete winning hands. Deuces Wild pays out on standard poker hands (three of a kind, or better), plus new hands Five of a Kind, Royal Straight Flush and Four Deuces. The game is played with a single deck of cards, shuffled after every hand.