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Level Up Joker Poker a New Video Poker

By: Joan Peppin, Friday January 16th 2009
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Level Up Joker Poker was one of the four new online casino games introduced by Microgaming earlier this week. The Level Up series consists of video poker games with an innovative twist to them. This has added fresh excitement to a genre of casino games in which interest was flagging. The Level Up series was introduced by Microgaming in the middle of 2008 with Level Up Jacks Or Better. Level Up Joker Poker is the fourth game in the series.

Joker Poker differs from the standard Jacks or Better video poker in that it is played with a 53 card deck, the 53rd card being a joker. The joker can substitute for any card in order to make a winning combination. Since the joker increases the chances of getting a winning combination the paytable of Joker Poker is adjusted to start with a kings or better hand instead of the customary jacks or better hand.

Level Up Joker Poker is played over four levels. In Microgaming’s Power Poker series the multiple hands are played simultaneously. In the Level Up series the hands are played in sequence. The player progresses to the next level only if he wins the previous one. To his advantage the payout is doubled in the higher level, with the fourth level having a payout of 8x. To his disadvantage, if the player loses in the higher level he loses the amount accumulated thus far. This heightened risk and reward add excitement to Level Up Joker Poker. Each level is played with a new complete deck.

Level Up Joker Poker has two exciting features that have added interest to the game. A Free Ride Card is randomly dealt to players. It is an icon that appears alongside the level. If the Free Ride Card is dealt then players will progress to the next level even if they do not win. This is a big boost to the players. The second feature is the Auto Complete Feature. A natural royal flush has a jackpot payout of 5,000 coins. If a player loses in an earlier level and happens to be dealt a royal flush in a higher level the loss is immense. In this eventuality the Auto Complete feature offers a compensation payout to alleviate some of the misery. This payout depends on the number of coins wagered and is subject to the level multiplier.

Level Up Joker Poker can be played at all Microgaming online casinos. Casino Advisor recommends 7 Sultans Casino, All Slots Casino, Blackjack Ballroom Casino, Jackpot City Casino, Lucky Nugget Casino, Platinum Play Casino, River Belle Casino and Roxy Palace Casino.

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