Online Pyramid Video Poker At Drake CasinoBy: Joe Valentino, Thursday August 18th 2016
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Drake Casino is highly recommended by Casino Advisor. It is powered by software from Betsoft and Arrows Edge and this gives players some different variants of online casino games. Betsoft provides a set of video poker games called Pyramid Video Poker.
The five cards are dealt in the layout of a pyramid, which is how the online video poker derives its name. But the game is also structured differently. You play three different payout tables with the same five cards. One of them contains the usual five card poker hand rankings. The other two tables are for three card poker hands. One is for the first three cards (or left side) and the other is for the last three cards (or right side). You have to separately bet for all three hands compulsorily. Therefore your bet will be in 3, 6, 9, 12 or 15 coins, with one third the coins for each payout table.
Jacks or Better is the most common variant available in Betsoft Pyramid Video Poker and is being used to explain how the payout tables work. The five cards payout table is the usual Jacks or Better with the following sequence in ascending order: jacks or better, two pairs, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush and royal flush. Four cards winning combinations are not possible in three cards hands, so those rankings get eliminated from the payout table. The sequence of the remaining rankings is altered based on the revised probabilities for three card hands. It is as follows: jacks or better, flush, straight, three of a kind, straight flush and mini royal flush. Mini royal flush is A, K and Q of the same suit. A further twist is provided by having different payout ratios for the three cards tables.
Based on the payouts given, the highest payout for a wager of 15 coins is 4600 coins, which can be achieved from a hand of suited A, K, Q, J and 10 in the same sequence. The left three cards table pays 500 coins for a mini royal flush, the five cards table pays 4,000 coins for a royal flush and the right three cards table pays 100 coins for a straight flush. If you want a mental challenge play this game in the free play mode. Do not wager with real money because the average return is abysmally low.
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