Microgaming Online Casino Video Poker GamesBy: Rick Balding, Tuesday November 17th 2009
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Video poker is one of the most popular online casino games for the simple reason that it offers a very low house edge and therefore players have a better chance of winning. The video poker section in Microgaming online casinos currently offers almost 60 variants. The basic variants in terms of the different games offered are only 17. However Microgaming offers separate games for single hand, 4-hand, 10-hand, 50-hand, 100-hand and Level up variants and this increases the number of games on offer. This is one disadvantage of Microgaming video poker games. Other online gaming software providers allow the players to choose the number of hands within the same game.
The maximum basic variants are offered in the single hand games. These are listed under Standard in the Games Menu. There are 17 different standard video poker games on offer. These are Aces and Eights, Aces and Faces, All Aces, All American, Bonus Deuces Wild, Bonus Poker, Bonus Poker Deluxe, Deuces and Joker, Deuces Wild, Double Bonus Poker, Double Double Bonus Poker, Double Joker, Jackpot Deuces, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker, SupaJax and Tens or Better. Many of these video poker variants have wild cards that substitute for other cards in order to make up winning combinations. In Bonus Deuces Wild, Deuces Wild and Jackpot Deuces the deuce is the wild card. In Double Joker and Joker Poker there are extra cards in the deck, which are jokers and which are wild cards. In Deuces and Jokers both deuces and jokers are wild cards.
The multi hand games in Microgaming online casinos are known as Power Poker games. There are 11 basic variants offered in Power Poker games. However the total number of games in this section is 36. Aces and Faces, Deuces and Joker, Deuces Wild, Double Double Bonus Poker, Double Joker, Jacks or Better and Joker Poker are available in 4-hand, 10-hand, 50-hand and 100-hand versions. Bonus Poker is available in 10-hand, 50-hand and 100-hand versions. All Aces is available in 10-hand and 50-hand versions. Bonus Deuces wild is available in 4-hand and 10-hand versions. Tens or Better is available only in the 4-hands version.
Level Up Poker is the latest format of video poker. It is available only in Microgaming online casinos. The variants offered in this format are Aces and Faces, Deuces Wild, Double Joker, Jacks or Better and Joker Poker.
Microgaming video poker games can be classified according to the jackpots offered. The jackpots are the highest payouts usually offered for a natural royal flush with maximum coins wagered. Jackpot Deuces and SupaJax are progressive jackpot games. In Jackpot Deuces the progressive jackpot is hit with a diamond royal flush only. In SupaJax the progressive jackpot is hit with four jacks and the SupaJax card. The Deuces and Joker video poker games offer a fixed jackpot of 10,000 coins. All other games offer a fixed jackpot of 4,000 or 5,000 coins.
Microgaming video poker games offer a number of customization options. There are four speed settings to choose from. Players playing the 50-hand or 100-hand option must opt for Fastest setting. There are three different sounds – game sounds, win sounds and background sounds. Each of them can be enabled or disabled independently. Players can also enable or disable the Double and Auto Hold features. Auto Play is available in the Expert Mode.
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