Playtech Casino Video Poker Games OnlineBy: Mark Freedman , Thursday January 21st 2010
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All online gaming software providers offer video poker games at their online casinos and Playtech is no exception. The reason for the popularity of video poker games is that they have a high average percentage payout. Playtech offers three types of video poker games, which can be grouped as single line games, multi line games and progressive jackpot games.
There are six single line video poker games offered by Playtech. These are 10s Or Better, Aces and Faces, Deuces Wild, 2 Ways Royal, Jacks Or Better and Joker Poker. Jacks Or Better is the standard no frills video poker game in which payouts begin with a pair of jacks. 10s Or Better offers the attraction of payouts beginning with a pair of 10s and of a much higher payout for a royal flush. But it takes away the advantage by offering lower payouts for full house and flush. Deuces Wild and Joker Poker are played with wild cards in which wild cards substitute for any other card that makes the highest winning combination. In Deuces Wild all the twos are wild cards whereas Joker Poker is played with a joker in the deck that acts like a wild card. Since Deuces Wild has four wild cards payouts begin with three of a kind. The payouts for Joker Poker begin with a pair of kings. Aces and Faces has different payouts for different four of a kind combinations.
The unique Playtech offering in the single hand video poker games is 2 Ways Royal. There are two royal flush combinations. The usual royal flush combination consisting of ten, jack, queen, king and ace is called Hi Royal. The straight flush combination of two, three, four, five and six is called Lo Royal. Both Hi Royal and Lo Royal pay out at 250 to 1 (except when five coins are wagered). The other straight flush hands pay out at 50 to 1.
The multi line video poker games offered by Playtech consist of 4 line games, 25 line games and 50 line games. The 4 line video poker variants are Jacks Or Better, Deuces Wild and Aces and Faces. There is only one 25 line variant, which is Aces and Faces. The 50 line video poker variants are Jacks or Better and Joker Poker.
Online slots players have plenty of opportunities to play for that life changing progressive jackpot payout. Online video poker players do not have such opportunities. Hence Playtech offers two video poker games with progressive jackpots, 10 Line Jacks Or Better and Megajacks. None of these jackpots offer the life changing payouts but are very popular all the same. In 10 Line Jacks Or Better the progressive jackpot is hit when a royal flush is obtained on the first line only with five coins wagered. This jackpot pays out about $15,000 on an average and his about twice a month. The highest it has paid in recent times is just over $21,000. Despite a name like Megajacks this progressive jackpot video poker game is the simple single line Jacks Or Better game with the progressive jackpot being hit when a royal flush is drawn with five coins wagered. The Megajacks progressive jackpot pays out only $1,500 on an average but it hits almost everyday.
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