Video poker is a game that has become incredibly popular online. As opposed to table poker, video poker can be played instantly online without having to wait for an available table. One of the most popular version of the game is bonus poker. This classic game is similar to jacks or better in that it requires a minimum of a pair of jacks in order to qualify for a payout. The difference comes in with the higher paying hands with four of a kind in particular. In this game, there are 3 separate bonus paying hands for four of a kind.
The Game Setup
Online casino bonus poker is played in exactly the same way as most video poker games. The game consists of a single screen with the paytable at the top of the screen and the game buttons at the bottom of the screen. Players start the game by placing their bet. This can be done by clicking on the bet one or bet max buttons at the bottom of the screen. A total of four coins can be bet on each hand. The more coins bet per hand, the higher the payouts of any win.
Placing Your Bet
Once the bet has been placed, players can click on the deal button and the computer will deal the player five cards from a single shuffled deck. In bonus poker, the aim of the game is to create the highest possible poker hand using the cards that you have been dealt. As with any video poker game, there are no other opponents to out bet or bluff to win a hand. Winning is entirely dependent on creating poker hands according to the paytable. Once the first set of cards have been dealt, players can choose to keep or discard any of the cards in their hand.
Keeping or Discarding Cards
In bonus poker, players can keep or hold cards by clicking on the card itself. Players can hold any of the five cards. One a player has decided which cards they wish to keep; they can click on the draw button. The computer will then replace the discarded cards with fresh cards from the shuffle pack. Once the second set of cards have been dealt, the computer will determine if the player has a winning hand and will pay out according to the paytable and the number of coins bet.
Bonus Poker Payouts
The paytable in bonus poker looks slightly different to regular video poker. The minimum paying hand is still a pair of jacks. This is followed by two pairs, then three of a kind and a straight. After a straight, the next hand up is a flush followed by a full house. The four of a kind payouts are split into three categories. The lowest is four of a kind (fives through kings), then (2’s, 3’s and 4’s). The highest paying four of a kind is four aces. The next hand is up is a straight flush and the highest of them all is a royal flush paying out 4000 coins on a maximum bet.