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Cryptologic Online Casino Bonus Video Poker

By: Joe Valentino, Tuesday September 22nd 2009
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Cryptologic online casinos offer two sets of video poker games. One set is the normal video poker games that can be played on any online casino. The other set is known as Video Poker - Bonus. The video poker variants contained in both sets are the same. However one of the rules in the Bonus games has been toggled and this gives the players a change and also adds to the excitement.

In normal video poker games the hand is dealt from a single deck of cards. Five cards are dealt to the player. The player decides which of these cards to hold. The discarded cards are replaced from the remaining cards in the deck. This implies that the discarded cards cannot be dealt again, which is the primary purpose of discarding them. However, in the Bonus video poker games this is not so. The discarded cards are placed again in the deck, which is then shuffled. The replacement cards are dealt from this shuffled deck. Hence it is possible that the player be dealt the cards that he had discarded. This obviously is a disadvantage and no one would want to play this game. This is where the bonus comes in. If one of the discarded cards is dealt again then the player receives a bonus in order to compensate him for the disadvantage.

The functional changes on the screen that accompany this rule are as follows. On the top right hand corner of the screen there are two cells. After the player selects the cards to be put on hold and clicks on the "Draw" button the discarded cards are displayed in the bottom of the two cells. This is so that the player can see the discarded cards. Then the replacement cards are dealt. If any of the replacement cards happen to be same as the discarded cards then a bonus amount is shown in the top cell. Also a golden star appears on the replacement card that is the same as the discarded one. A bonus is paid for each replacement card that is identical to the discarded one. This card is also described as ‘returned card’ in the rules of the game. The bonus amounts are added to the player’s balance irrespective of whether the player goes on to receive a payout or not.

The bonus amounts vary with the variant of the video poker game. They are expressed as a percentage of the bet per hand and are paid to the nearest cent. The bonuses for the different video poker variants are listed below.

  • All American video poker: 21.10%
  • Deuces Wild video poker: 19.60%
  • Double Bonus video poker: 20.64%
  • Jacks or Better video poker: 15.30%
  • Joker Poker video poker: 16.90%
  • Tens or Better video poker: 15.90%
  • Super Jackpot video poker: 16.96%

The Bonus video poker games from Cryptologic offer some other useful features as well. Players need not exit the game in order to select another video poker variant. There is the "Choose Game" drop-down menu in the top left corner of the screen from which players can select any of the video poker games on offer. The single hand and multi-hand games are combined by allowing the player to choose the number of hands. The player can play 1, 3, 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 hands per game round. The Bonus video poker games can be played at all Cryptologic online casinos.

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