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Microgaming Online Joker Poker Games

By: Joe Valentino, Sunday August 19th 2012
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Microgaming is a leading provider of online casino games. It has an excellent selection of video poker games in its portfolio, which is much larger than that of other software providers. Video poker games with wild cards are quite popular with online casino players because the wild card can substitute for any other card. Usually when a wild card is dealt there is always a payout.

One of the most played wild card video poker games at Microgaming online casinos is Joker Poker. One of the differences between Joker Poker and other video poker games is that it is played with a 53-card deck. Most games are played with a standard 52-card deck. The additional card in Joker Poker is the joker. Because the joker makes it easier for winning combinations to be formed, the payout table begins with kings or better instead of the usual jacks or better. Therefore a pair of jacks and a pair of queens do not result in payouts. The payout table for a wager of five coins is as follows.

Kings or better – 1

Two pairs – 1

Three of a kind – 2

Straight – 3

Flush – 5

Full House – 7

Four of a kind – 17

Straight Flush – 50

Joker Royal Flush – 100

Five of a kind – 200

Natural royal flush – 1000

Players must note that five of a kind can only be made with a joker. The average return to the player is 98.6%.

Most software providers offer Joker Poker in their online video poker portfolio, though the payouts may differ a bit. In order to be one step ahead of the pack Microgaming online casinos offer a variant titled Double Joker Poker. The difference between Joker Poker and Double Joker Poker is quite apparent. Double Joker Poker is played with a 54-card deck that has two jokers and hence the name. With two jokers it becomes even easier to make winning combinations and therefore the same payout table as in Joker Poker cannot be used. The payout table begins with two pairs and the complete payout table is given below. The average return to the player is 98.1%.

Two pairs – 1

Three of a kind – 2

Straight – 3

Flush – 4

Full House – 5

Four of a kind – 8

Straight Flush – 25

Joker Royal Flush – 100

Five of a kind – 50

Natural royal flush – 800

The video poker player who likes some insight in the payouts and returns would be interested in the following analysis. Joker Poker keeps away 56% of the hands from the payout table. Double Joker Poker keeps away 64% of the hands from the payout table. The payouts are also lower for a number of hand rankings on the payout table of Double Joker Poker. This accounts for the slightly lower average return to the player in the case of Double Joker Poker. Online casinos do not report these payout percentages. Many players also do not bother about them. But discerning players should obtain this information from credible sources like CasinoAdvisor before wagering on online video poker games.

A smaller selection of Microgaming video poker games is offered in multi hand format known as Power Poker. Both Joker Poker and Double Joker Poker are included in this selection and are available in 4 hands, 10 hands, 50 hands and 100 hands Power Poker. Both these variants are also available in the unique Level-Up format.

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