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Louisiana Double Poker - Online Casino Video Poker

By: R. Kingsley, Sunday October 12th 2008
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Video poker is a very popular online casino game. One of the advantages of video poker is that it has a very low house edge and therefore pays handsomely. Another advantage is that it combines the skill of poker with the luck of slots and therefore enhances the pleasure of gaming. There are many video poker games. The common ones like Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Aces and Faces and Joker Poker are offered in most online casinos. However there is a game that is not so common but has an interesting variation. This is the Louisiana Double Poker, which is also known as the Double Card. One of the places where Louisiana Double Poker can be played online is the Microgaming powered Ladbrokes Casino.

Louisiana Double Poker is played like the other video poker games, but with a deck of fifty-three cards instead of the standard fifty-two card deck. The fifty-third card is not a joker but the double card. It does not function as a wild card and hence does not complete a winning combination. Its appearance however doubles the payout. At Ladbrokes Casino the maximum payout is 2,500 coins when the player gets a royal flush with the maximum bet of five coins. The bets can be placed in denominations of $1.25, $2.50, $5.00, $10.00 and $25.00. The player first clicks on the pay table to select the appropriate number of coins and then sets the bet to the required denomination by operating the Bet plus and minus buttons. The amount wagered is shown in the Bet column. Then by clicking on the Deal button the player is dealt five cards. Then it is decision time or the time to exhibit skill. The player clicks on the cards he wants to hold. If the player is dealt a winning combination the relevant cards are automatically marked Held. However the player can release these cards if he wants to. By clicking on Draw the player replaced the free card. If the player has won then his winnings are shown in the Win column. The payout is based on the payout table. The player clicks on the Collect button to transfer his winnings to his balance and is then ready to play again.

Ladbrokes Casino offers a Double option in Louisiana Double Poker. If the player has a winning hand he can exercise this option. The player is dealt one card face up and four cards face down. He selects any one of the face down cards. If that card has a higher rank than the face up cards his winnings double. Otherwise he loses it all. Ladbrokes Casino offers a demo version of Louisiana Double Poker so that players can try out the game before wagering with real money. The game also allows players to access their account and transfer funds without exiting the game. They can also access the Help section from within the game.

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