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Video Poker is incredibly popular in Vegas casinos. Interestingly, it is only in recent years that slots have overtaken poker machines in popularity in the casinos.
Video poker can pay out well if you know how to play the game properly. That's why so many players like to master a single version of video poker, like 'Bonus Poker' and 'Jacks or Better' rather than playing them all.
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There are quite a few reasons for the appeal of the Video Poker machines, including very high payback rates (if you play the correct strategy) and also that they offer players a game of poker on the fly.
There is no need to spend the hours involved with a real table game, you can just sit and play for 5 minutes, then move on.
Video poker has been around for over 30 years, although it really only became popular in the 1980s, mainly due to the fact that personal computers began to get powerful enough to offer a game to home users.
During this time, the game also became popular in casinos as a real money game. Players can play for pennies, right through to many dollars per hand and so appeals to players of all levels.
The game itself usually follows the same schedule as Texas Holdem, the game that is most popular on the TV and indeed, throughout the US and Canada.
The game is initiated with the deal. Five cards are dealt to the player and the player is given the opportunity to hold or discard any of the cards. The idea is to get the best hand possible and the machine pays out certain wins above a certain threshold of win.
So, for example on Jacks or better, the machine would pay out on any hand that has a pair of Jacks or better (i,e, a pair of queens, or three of a kind).
In addition, the payouts become larger, as the power of the hand you get is better. So, you will get a much larger payout for a hand comprising 4 of a kind, than you would if you had a pair of jacks
The payout of all the games is always clearly displayed and there are all sorts of different varieties of game to play. Jacks or better video poker is one particular game, but other games involve Jokers (as wild cards). So, there are also games like Jokers Wild Video Poker on offer in most casinos too
In other games, there are wild cards other than jokers. For example, deuces wild video poker is really popular in the casinos. In this game, all the 2s are wild.
Some people like to play multiple hands at once. For those players, you will see quite a few machines where the player is offered 5 hands at once. There are even machines offering 50 hands at once. For example, you can get 50 hand jacks or better and also 50 hand jokers wild games both online and in casinos.
Another interesting game for something different, is Hi Lo video poker, which adds the aspect of the higher lower game you might see in the Play Your Cards Right game show.
Some video poker machines are attached to progressive jackpots. With these games, if you hit the best win (a royal flush), you will get an enormous jackpot prize. Usually, the jackpot is only available to players that are wagering 'max' bet - this means that they need to play the top domination per hand
Ultimate X Triple Play Draw Poker
Simultaneously play multiple hands of the nine hottest Video Poker paytables with the explosive
Ultimate X feature that multiplies future rewards with every winning hand.
9 Video Poker Paytables in 1 Game
Ultimate X Triple Play Draw Poker provides a rich selection of the most popular video poker paytables:
Wins start with a pair of Jacks.
with higher wins on all 4-of-a-Kind hands.
make this a popular high-volatility choice.
that can pay as much as a Royal Flush.
wildly popular game.
opens up new ways to win.
Ultimate X Triple Play Draw Poker offers three hands of Video Poker action with each play.
Press DEAL to start the game. Hold any or all of the five face-up cards in the bottom hand by clicking on them or using the keyboard shortcuts 1, 2, 3, 4, and/or 5. Held cards appear face-up in all three hands.
Press DRAW to receive replacement cards in all active hands. Replacement cards are dealt from one separate deck for each hand, excluding the five initially dealt cards. Winning hands are then paid according to the paytable. Win amounts are paid based on the ending hand.
In addition to traditional multi-hand poker action, the Ultimate X feature adds high volatility excitement. Earn award multipliers for each winning hand that are applied to wins received in the next game. The outcome of the winning hand determines the multiplier, up to 12x for certain paytables.
Enable the Ultimate X feature via the BONUS button, causing a side bet equal to the main bet to be placed. A multiplier earned on a given hand position is applied to the same hand position only on the next play of the same paytable at the same bet amount. For cash play, an earned multiplier persists until played, even between play sessions weeks apart.
The Ultimate X feature can be turned on and off by clicking the BONUS button in between games. Turning the Ultimate X feature off does not remove any previously-won multipliers that were awarded while the Ultimate X feature was turned on.
For example, here is a sample multiplier table for Jacks or Better:
Each paytable's multipliers can be found in the See Pays menu for that game.
In Video Poker, the goal is to build the best hand possible relative to the paytable.
Press the MORE GAMES button within a game to return to paytable selection screen.
Three hands of Video Poker are played in each game.
"BET PER HAND" shown at the bottom of the screen indicates the bet placed on each hand.
All hands are played at the same "BET PER HAND".
"TOTAL BET" shown below the first hand indicates the total bet covering all hands.
Press the RIGHT ARROW key
Press the UP ARROW key
Ways to BET DOWN:
Press the LEFT ARROW key
Press the DOWN ARROW key
Ways to HOLD/UNHOLD:
Press and drag across cards
Press keys 1, 2, 3, 4, and/or 5
To activate/deactivate the Ultimate X Feature:
Press the SPACE bar (enable in Options)
Press the SPACE bar (enable in Options)
Ways to SKIP award rollups or speed up card draw animations:
Press the SPACE bar (enable in Options)
- Card order does not matter.
- Ace can be treated as lowest rank to complete a straight (e.g. A-2-3-4-5).
- Ace can be treated as highest rank to complete a straight (e.g. 10-J-Q-K-A).
- 5 of a Kind requires at least 1 Wild card in the hand.
- Only highest paying outcome paid per hand.
- Different paytables can have different minimum rankings for which prizes are paid (e.g. the lowest winning outcome in Deuces Wild is 3 of a Kind).
Some paytables are based on the use of one or more wild cards:
- In Deuces Wild and Deuces Wild Bonus, each of the four cards with the rank of '2' is wild.
- In Joker Poker, the single Joker card added to each deck in each game is wild.
- A given wild card can substitute for any other card to form the highest paying outcome.
- In Deuces Wild and Deuces Wild Bonus, the wild can be evaluated as a regular '2' if that maximizes the outcome (e.g. for the hand AC-2H-3C-4C-5C, the wild card is evaluated as a 2C in order to form a Straight Flush – the highest outcome possible for that hand).
- Certain paytables pay a different award amount for a Royal Flush based on whether or not the hand contains any wild cards – see paytable for details.
- Dealt wild cards are not automatically held.
- A given wild card in the deck is equally as likely to be dealt as any other remaining card.
Press the SEE PAYS button on the bottom of the game screen to access:
The paytable indicates the value for each winning outcome. The values are shown in currency and for each available bet amount. When initially loaded, the paytable page highlights the wins associated with the current bet amount. To see wins for other bet sizes, press the UP button or the DOWN button. Changing the example bet size in the paytable screen does not change the active wager.
Select different quality settings to optimize gameplay experience.
Select speed of deal and draw animations.
Deal/Draw/Skip on Space
Enable or disable use of the SPACE bar to deal and draw cards, to skip award rollups, and to speed through card draw animations.
Change Background Colour
Change the background colour of the game.
Misuse or malfunction voids all pays and plays.
Cards are dealt from one deck of 52 standard playing cards per hand, shuffled for each game. For Joker Poker only, cards are dealt from one deck of 52 standard playing cards, plus one Joker.
Only the highest winner is paid per hand.
Wins from two or more hands are added to the total amount paid.
If a natural Royal Flush (no wild cards) is dealt on the initial deal, all cards are automatically held, and the Royal Flush win is paid for all hands.
If any other winning hand is dealt on the initial deal, no cards are automatically held.
Wins are shown in currency and are based on the size of the Bet Per Hand.
Earned multipliers only apply to the paytable and bet amount at which they were originally earned. For cash play, earned multipliers persist until played.
The first time a given paytable is played with the Ultimate X feature enabled at a specific bet amount, all active multipliers are effectively 1X.
In accordance with fair gaming practices required in most legal jurisdictions worldwide, all cards come from a fair deck that has been randomly shuffled. Thus every card remaining in a given deck is equally likely to be the next card dealt.
The expected payback reflects the theoretical return across a very large number of plays by numerous players over an extended period of time. The SEE PAYS associated with each Video Poker paytable displays the expected payback for that specific paytable. The results for any given player over a play session can vary widely from this long-term, expected average in either direction. The fewer the number of games played, the wider the normal variance of actual payback that may be experienced.
The expected payback value is also based upon correct player choices for any game that involves main game and/or bonus game play strategy.
Outcomes of prior cash-play hands available in player history indicate:
- Per-hand wager
- Total amount wagered per game (all hands combined)
- Initial 5 cards dealt to base hand
- Cards held in all hands
- Final cards for each hand
- Award type / win amount for each winning hand (if any)
- Total win amount (if any) per game
In the case of a dealt Royal Flush that is automatically held and awarded, the Transaction History only shows:
- Total wager
- Initial 5 cards dealt to base hand
- Total win amount
The base hand, which is the bottom hand on the playfield, is labelled Hand 1. Remaining hands are labelled based on position and deal order, from bottom to top and from left to right.
Record multiple hands as a video
You can record multiple hands into one video. You can even record a whole tournament at once, to share with your poker coach.
Here’s how it works:
- View a table of hands in Poker Copilot. For example, Recent Hands, or drill down into a Recent Tournament
- If desired, adjust the sorting of the table. Typically when recording a tournament you would sort the table ascending by date, so the played hands are recorded in the same order they were played.
- In the table, select the hands you want to record. Hold down the shift key while selecting hands so that you can select multiple hands. Or press Cmd+A (Ctrl+A on Windows) to select ALL the hands in the table.
- Right-click anywhere in the selection. A drop-down menu appears. Select Record Selected Hands to Video
- Choose a name for the video, click “Save”, wait a moment
Now you have a video! You can open it in QuickTime, Windows Media Player or with another video player, such as VLC . You can upload it to YouTube.
Tip: Player names are anonymised if the setting is set inside the hand replayer. If you wish to change this setting for your recording, open the hand replayer for a single hand and change the setting there.
Video Poker Machines with Multiple Hands
At casinos the majority of video poker games are of the so called single-hand type, which means that only one virtual hand of cards can be played at any time.
The year 2000 saw an innovation in video poker, when Ernie Moody introduced machines with multiple hands. These machines allow players to operate from 1 to 100 hands of one and the same game at one and the same time. What is specific, however, is that each hand uses a separate deck of cards.
These machines are also known as multi-play or multi-line machines and come equipped with a touch screen. The latter offers the same set of buttons ordinary video poker machines have, which we already discussed.
Operating the multi-hand machine
After the game and the denomination have been chosen, the player will view the final hands from the prior game. The major hand will appear at the bottom part of the display screen, while the remaining hands will be visualized above it. Additionally, the payout table for the selected game can be found in the margin of the screen, as the hands having the highest ranks will appear on the left and those having the lowest ranks will appear on the right.
At this stage players are able to choose the number of hands they are willing to play by a simple touch of the respective ”Bet” button. Having done that, the player will next view the hands once again, with the major hand being at the bottom of the screen and the others – above it. What needs to be noted is that all the hands will feature identical cards. When the player selects which cards he/she is willing to keep in the major hand, these exact same cards will be kept in all of the remaining hands. However, as a separate deck of 52 cards is used for every hand, the final hands he/she gets on the draw will all differ. Once the player has obtained his/her final hands, his/her credits will be automatically summed up in accordance with the payout table for the game.
In some cases the player may receive a ”pat hand”, meaning a winning combination, which will allow him/her to keep all five cards dealt. For every separate hand the player will receive payouts.
Pressing the ”More Games” button will call a menu containing other games. The player may now select another game and the desired denomination (if more than one is available). Once a game has been selected, the payout table will be visualized on the screen, while the cards from the latest hand played will appear below it. By a simple touch of the ”See Pays” button, the player will be able to view the payout table only. The table will contain two buttons – ”Bet Up” and ”Bet Down”, which will highlight the appropriate column for the number of coins he/she wants to bet. Now that the game and the size of the bet have been selected, by touching the ”Return to Game” button the game will be initiated.
While browsing the games available, the player will certainly come across a game he/she does not know. By touching the ”Help” button, a short summary of the game will be presented. After the player has finished reading, a simple touch of the ”Return to Game” button will get him back to the prior screen.
In case the player has spent some time at the video poker machine, he/she may want a faster of a slower dealing of the cards. The speed at which the game is running can be changed by pressing the ”Speed” button, which is positioned on the left of the touch screen. Older models of machines usually do not have a ”Speed” button, but a member of the casino staff may adjust these machines, so that they deal cards in a more rapid or a slower manner.
There are video poker machines, that will allow playing for double or nothing, once a winning hand has been drawn. If the player wants to dispose of such an option, he/she can do so by using the ”Double Down” button, positioned on the right of the touch screen.
Last but not least, one may request some modifications to the graphics or the sound produced by the video poker machine by a simple push of the ”Change” button. A member of the casino personnel will usually make the adjustments requested.
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