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John G. Brokopp

Choosing to play video poker on a casino outing isn’t as easy as it sounds. There are a wide variety of games to choose from, some of which are better than others when it comes to long-term return on investment based on expert play.

The most important fact to consider when selecting a game to play is the paytable value. A close second is your personal expectation level.

Many serious players gravitate to a good Jacks or Better game, while others prefer the premium hands and “kickers” associated with games such as Double Bonus, Double-Double Bonus and Triple-Double Bonus Poker.

Jacks or Better is no frills video poker. Games with “bell and whistle” hands mean sacrificing stability for volatility.

Waiting for aces with a kicker to appear on Double-Double Bonus at the expense of being paid half of what you receive for two pair on Jacks or Better is an example of the price you pay.

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Which brings us to our time machine and the days when Black Jack Bonus Poker, a legacy game from International Game Technology, was an imaginative option.

Contrary to what its name suggests, it has nothing to do with getting a “blackjack” (21). With this game, the two black jacks (jacks in clubs and spades) are the kickers.

There’s a good reason why you might not know about Black Jack Bonus Poker. It was available on the old IGT 4.3 Game King platform, but then disappeared as an option on two generations of newer platforms.

It returned to the games menu on IGT’s old Game Maker 6.0 platform.

Black Jack Bonus Poker paid (with the maximum bet of five coins) 4,000 coins for a royal flush and 4,000 coins for four aces with a blackjack kicker.

He paid 2,000 coins for quads in twos, threes, or fours with a blackjack kicker, and 800 coins for 4-of-a-kind in fives through kings with the kicker.

Four aces or jacks paid 800 coins; deuces, treys and quads without the kicker paid 400 coins, and a straight flush paid 250 coins.

One of the highest prices you paid for perks was the fact that 4-of-a-kind on five to ten, queens and kings only paid 125 coins, half of what you get on most other games.

This fact alone has made players think twice before investing serious money in such a volatile game, but players who make infrequent visits to the casino have proven to be a very entertaining alternative to slot machines. conventional.

Black Jack Bonus Poker with a 9/6 payout table (9 coins to 1 for a full house, 6 coins to 1 for a flush) had an expected return with optimal play of 98.10%. The 8/6 payoff chart dropped to 97.09.

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