Video Poker Variations

The two most popular video poker variations are Jacks-or-Better video poker and Deuces Wild video poker.

Other video poker variations include

Multi-play Poker – you begin with a hand of five cards, and each additional hand you play is drawn from a different set of cards with the base hand removed. Multi-play poker offers from “triple play” up to “one hundred play” versions.

Bonus Poker – a variation on Jacks-or-Better in which a higher payout is given for four-of-a-kind. Different bonuses are paid depending on the ranking of the cards in the four-of-a-kind.

Double Bonus – a variation on Jacks-or-Better in which a bonus is paid out for four aces. This video poker variation offers a theoretical return of 100.1725 percent.

Double Double Bonus – bonuses are paid for different four-of-a-kinds, including four aces with 2, 3 or 4; four aces with any other card; four 2s, 3s, or 4s; and four 5s with a king. The theoretical return on a full pay machine, assuming you play five coins per round, is 100.067 percent.

Anything’s Wild – similar to Deuces Wild except that the player can choose a wild card by rank, after having been dealt the first five cards. The return on the wild card is highest for deuces, at 96.76 percent.

Deuces and Joker Wild – all deuces and one joker are wild cards.

Joker Wild – one joker serves as a wild card.

One-Eyed Jacks – a video poker variation in which the two “one-eyed Jacks” (Hearts and Spades) serve as wild cards.

Ace Invaders – a three-line video poker game in which the top two lines are based on stud poker and the bottom line is a bonus poker game based on Five-Card Draw. Typically, the bonus poker offers a very high payout (sometimes more than 200 percent), but this is offset by lower payouts for the first two lines. The game checks the top line for a paying combination and then pays out for that. If any of the cards in the top line are aces or would help create a royal flush in the second line, they drop down and become part of the second hand. This process repeats on the second line, paying out, then checking to see if the cards would help complete a royal flush on the first line. Those cards are dropped down again before the machine finally pays out on the first line.

Aces & Faces – a video poker game based on 8/5 Jacks-or-Better, with increased payouts for four-of-a-kind with aces or face cards.

Pick ’em Poker – also known as Pick-a-Pair Poker; the player must place a bet and is dealt two cards that cannot be discarded. The player is then dealt two sets of three cards. The top card is face up in each set. The player must choose one of the sets of three to complete the hand. The face down cards are then exposed and the payoff is based on the hand’s value.

Super Aces – also known as "All Aces", one of the video poker variations based on Jacks-or-Better, but with an increased payout for four-of-a-kind and an even bigger payout for four aces, which are worth half as much as a royal flush.