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Level Up: A New Format Of Video Poker Game

By: Ryan Alders, Saturday March 7th 2009
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Over the years variants of video poker have bee created by tweaking the payout table. Now this has ceased to be exciting or interesting. Therefore last year Microgaming injected new life into video poker by creating a new format of the game called Level Up. This format began with Level Up Jacks Or Better and now has four games in all. The other three are Aces & Faces, Deuces Wild and Joker Poker. Each game is played exactly the same way as in its original avatar, only the wagering mechanism has been made more complex.

Level Up Video Poker

Level Up video poker is played over 4 hands, but the hands are not played simultaneously. They constitute different levels and are played one at a time. Players move to the higher level only if they draw a winning combination in the lower level. Otherwise it is game over. The player wagers a certain amount with one fourth the wager for each level. If he loses in the first level then he forfeits the amount wagered for the higher levels as well without even playing. If he draws a winning combination he is paid out as per the payout table, but the amount is held in escrow. He then plays at the second level. Here if he loses then he not only forfeits his entire wager but also his winnings of the first level. If he draws a winning combination he is paid at twice the rate given in the payout table, and again the winnings are put in escrow. Winning in the third round results in a payout of 4x and winning in the fourth round results in a payout of 8x. When the player wins in the fourth round he collects not only the winnings for that round but the accumulated amount held in escrow as well. All the hands are dealt at the beginning. Each level uses a separate full deck.

Level Up video poker has two helpful features. The first is the Free Ride Card. This is a card that is randomly dealt and appears next to the dealt hand. If this card is dealt at a level then the player will progress to the next level even if he does not draw a winning hand. The second feature is the Auto Complete. A natural royal flush has a jackpot payout. Sometimes a player will be dealt a natural royal flush at a higher level. But to cash that he has to first draw winning hands in all the lower levels. If he fails to do that then he has to bid good bye to the jackpot. In such an event the Auto Complete feature offers a compensatory payout.

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Comment by: Playtech Fan On: January 08, 2010
I like this type of video poker game I think that I've actually played it in a land based casino in the past before. It's interesting and the fact that it's a tiered multi level type of game it's definitely far more interesting to play.

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