Microgaming Online Video Poker Aces And FacesBy: Ryan Alders, Monday June 24th 2013
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The leading software provider Microgaming offers a number of video poker variants at its online casinos. One of the prominent differences between these variants is the structure of the payout table. Two of these video poker variants offer special payouts for four of a kind aces hand. These are Aces and Faces and Aces and Eights. In this article Aces and Faces is discussed in comparison with the regular variant of Jacks or Better.
Jacks or Better offers the following poker hand rankings in the payout table: jacks or better, two pairs, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush and royal flush. Aces and Faces also offers the same hand rankings with the exception that there are different four of a kind hand rankings for different cards. The “Faces” in Aces and Faces refers to the picture cards of jacks, queens and kings. In this video poker variant the four of a kind poker hand rankings are split into four aces, four of similar face cards and four of similar other cards. This expansion of the four of a kind hand has meaning only if there are changes to the payout table as well. In Jacks or Better the four of a kind hand ranking pays 25 to 1. In Aces and Faces the residual four of a kind also pays 25 to 1. But four of similar face card hand ranking pays 40 to 1 and four aces hand ranking pays 80 to 1, which is even more than the payout of 50 to 1 for a straight flush.
The enhanced payouts for the aces and faces four of a kind hand rankings have to be compensated for in order to ensure that the video poker variant is viable for online casinos. This is done by reducing the payout for full house from 9 to 1 to 8 to 1 and reducing the payout for flush from 6 to 1 to 5 to 1. This also introduces volatility in the Aces and Faces video poker game. Most players will get marginally lower returns but some lucky players are likely to win significantly greater amounts. The payouts discussed so far are for the max bet of 5 coins. In Aces and Faces players have an advantage in wagering with less than 5 coins as compared to Jacks or Better. The payout in this case for royal flush is enhanced from 250 to 1 for 500 to 1. The royal flush payout for max bet is same at 800 to 1 in both cases.
The game play for Microgaming Aces and Faces is the same as for the other video poker variants. After the player places the wager, five cards are dealt. The player decides which cards to hold. The remaining cards are replaced. The final hand is compared with the payout table and payouts are made. Aces and Faces is available in the Power Poker formats as well. This video poker variant can be played as 4-hand, 10-hand, 50-hand and 100-hand games. Aces and Faces is also available in the innovative Level-Up Poker format. All these variations of Aces and Faces video poker are live at all Microgaming online casinos. CasinoAdvisor recommends All Slots, Golden Riviera and Platinum Play.
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