5 Video Poker Variants to Play After Jacks or Better
Most video poker players start by playing Jacks or Better video poker. While Jacks or Better is fun and consistently profitable, some people want to play games with the potential of larger payouts. Others want variety in their play.
Today, we will take a look at the best video poker variants to play beside Jacks or Better. These games can be found at most real money online casinos and most can be found in live casinos.
Bonus Poker is considered by many to be the next step up from Jacks or Better. The game plays very similarly to Jacks or Better but the game gives bonus payouts for certain four-of-a-kind hands. For example, four deuces, three, or fours pay 40 to 1, or 200 on max credits. Four aces pay 80 to 1 or 400 on max credits.
The paytables for this game can vary wildly but the average 8-5 Bonus Poker game will pay around 99.166% on perfect strategy. A 7-5 game drops down to just over 98%. If you can’t find a good paytable for Jacks or Better, look at the paytables for Bonus Poker. You may find some gems.
Double Double Bonus Poker
Double Double Bonus Poker is one of my favorite games to play. The game pays several bonuses for four of a kind. For four deuces through fours with a five through King, you get 80 to 1 or 400 for max credits.
For four aces with a five through king or four deuces through fours with an ace through four, you get 160 to 1, or 800 on max credits.
The big bonus payoff is if you catch four aces with a deuce through four. This pays 400 to 1, or 2,000 on max credits. For those playing quarters, that’s $500.
This game is best played if you can find a 10-6 machine. Yes, I said 10-6. This pays 100.07% on perfect strategy. You will also find some of these games with progressives on all of the hands above the four fives through kings. Progressives aren’t usually found at real money online casinos and are more frequent in live casinos.
ACE$ Bonus Poker
ACE$ Bonus Poker is a fun game that gives you an awesome bonus if you get four aces in the right order. Each ace has a letter, A-C-E-$. Get four aces in order to spell ACE$ and you will get 800 to 1 on your money. That’s right, you get the equivalent of a Royal Flush payout of 4,000 on max credits.
Otherwise, this game pays just like Bonus Poker. The ACE$ bonus does up the overall payback percentage of the game to 99.4%. While this isn’t a massive difference from standard Bonus Poker, the extra jackpot is worth giving it a try.
Pick’em Poker is a variant of video poker that most players should try at least once. At the start of your hand, you will be dealt two cards. Afterward, you are presented with two stacks of three cards but only the top two cards are shown. Once you pick the stack you want. Those cards are added to your hand and the last card is revealed.
The strategy for this game is a bit simpler than other forms of video poker. Depending on the paytable, you can find games with a payout as high as .999531%. That’s considered “Full Pay” Pick’em Poker.
Joker Poker is a variation of Jacks or Better that includes a single joker in the deck. The joker is wild and can play for any type of hand. There is a different paytable for this game with Kings or Better paying out rather than Jacks or Better. Also, two pair pays the same as Kings or Better.
Next, there are two other paying hands in this game. The first is a wild Royal Flush, which pays 100 to 1, or 500 for max credits. Also, you can get Five of a Kind, which pays 200 to 1, or 1,000 for max credits.
The great thing about this game is that there are paytables that go up to 100.64%. While the lower tier hands don’t pay as well, the extra bonus hands help to make up the loss in winnings.