Category Archives: video poker

2010 4th of July Contest at

Free Contest
It’s time for the 2010 4th of July Contest featuring Triple Play Draw Poker.

This game classic lets you choose which cards to hold after the initial 5 card deal, and those cards are automatically held in all three hands, giving you 3 opportunities to win!

The Grand Prize winner will receive the following:

  • $500 Visa Gift Card
  • Merchandise Package
  • Free 1 year subscription to both Casino Player and Strictly Slots magazines

GRAND PRIZEFour runners-up will also receive gift cards and a merchandise package full of goodies.

This month our Bonus Award is called “USAces”. We’re giving away 3 months of GOLD membership to the top five players with the most aces in a 200 deal session. For more information about contest rules and prizes,
click here.

This should be a fun contest. To start playing, visit the home page.


99.97% Payback on Joker Poker Video Poker

Bodog Video PokerJoker Poker online video poker is video poker played with a standard 52-card deck plus a Joker. The minimum paying hand is a pair of Kings or Better, as opposed to a pair of Jacks or Better that is most often the minimum paying hand for video poker games without a Joker. What makes Joker Poker so appealing is that paytables do exist that offer an advantage to the player — if played optimally, of course.

While there is no Joker Poker offered online that has a player edge (also referred to as a +EV, for “positive expected value”), online casino comes close at 99.97%.

For a complete analysis of all forms of online video poker, see my online video poker page.


Deuces Wild (DW) Online Video Poker

Deuces Wild (DW) online video poker is an exciting variant of video poker in which 2s are wild. Your bankroll will experience a lot of ups and downs relative to other forms of video poker because your return is based more on higher paying hands than in, for example, plain old generic Jacks or Better.

Optimal play in Deuces Wild will often dictate that you throw away all 5 dealt cards, so be prepared to simply “try again” on a fair number of hands in order to try for the all-power wild cards. For example, when dealt a hand that excludes 2s, a pair, a four-flush

The vast majority of online gambling sites offer Deuces Wild video poker, but not all of them offer a decent payout to players. Grand Virtual offers the best return to players at a whopping 99.72%, but not all players from all regions are accepted at Grand Virtual online casinos; for example, U.S. players are excluded, as are players from other countries. The next-best choices are the Rival Gaming online casinos, offering a 99.37% return. The download version of the Casino is a Rival Gaming casino, and Casino (unlike other Rival Gaming casinos) accepts players from all 50 US states.

Deuces Wild Online Video Poker Paytable

For a complete analysis of all forms of online video poker, see my online video poker page.


Jacks or Better (JoB) Online Video Poker

Jacks or Better (JoB) video poker is the game that started the video poker craze. Every online gambling software vendor that deals any form of video poker deals Jacks or Better. The best odds on JoB are found at what is called a “9/6” machine — 9 for a Full House, 6 for a Flush — and has a 0.46% house edge at optimal play. Compare this to “8/6”, “8/5”, and even “6/5” machines that offer increasingly worse odds for the player.

Online “9/6” Jacks or Better is easy to find, so where you decide to play is mainly about customer service, bonuses, and speed of payout. The top-rated site that offers “9/6” Jacks or Better and that accepts players from most regions in the world — including all US states — is the download version of Casino. Another good choice is BoDog, where you can practice for free without having to download or register.

9/6 Jacks or Better Video Poker Paytable

For a complete analysis of all forms of online video poker, see my online video poker page.


Double Double Bonus Jacks or Better Online Video Poker

Four online casino software providers deal Double Double Bonus Jacks or Better online video poker: Microgaming Casino (MGS), Realtime Gaming (RTG), Grand Virtual (GV), and Bodog Casino (Bodog). Here are the paytables and house edge offered by each.

Paytables for Double Double Bonus video poker by software vendor
Royal Flush 4000 4000 4000 4000
Straight Flush 250 250 250 250
4 of a Kind – Aces 800 800 800 800
4 of a Kind – Aces w/any 2, 3, 4 2000 1750 2000 2000
4 of a Kind – 2s, 3s, 4s 400 400 400 400
4 of a Kind – 2s, 3s, 4s w/any A, 2, 3, 4 800 800 800 800
4 of a Kind – All others 250 225 250 250
Full House 45 45 40 45
Flush 30 30 35 30
Straight 20 20 20 20
3 of a Kind 15 15 15 15
2 Pair 5 5 5 5
Jacks or Better 5 5 5 5
House Edge (%) 1.02 2.15 0.76 1.02

Unfortunately, Grand Virtual online casinos do not accept US-based real money players. And Microgaming has stopped accepted new US-based real money players (although players that had an account prior to approximately October 2006 can still play). The best option for US-based real-money players that want the best return on this variety of video poker should go with Bodog. All players are welcome to practice for free with no download and no registration needed.
Double Double Bonus Jacks or Better Online Video Poker Paytable at Bodog Casino


Online Video Poker Analysis

I recently completed an analysis of 14 popular varieties of online video poker, inlcuding Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Joker Poker, and more. The analysis covers over 200 online gambling sites that run 16 popular versions of online gambling software from vendors like Microgaming, Realtime Gaming, Rival, Bodog, and others.

I’ve published the paytables and house edge (calculated using this excellent analyzer at Wizard of Odds) for each variety of online video poker. You can use this information to determine the best online gambling site to play your favorite variety of online video poker.Some interesting tidbits that I discovered in conducting this analysis:


Full-Pay Jacks or Better Video Poker

I’m just travelling home from a trip to Tahoe, and found it difficult to find any full-pay Jacks or Better (JoB) video poker machines. I know that there is a website that lists full-pay machines for various video pokers in various cities, but I got to thinking that there is really no reason to play JoB at a casino when you can play it online so easily — and get full-pay to boot!

Microgaming casinos offer full-pay JoB video poker. Unfortunately, they do not accept US players from IL, IN, LA, MI, NJ, NV, NY, OR, SD, WA, WI, but they do accept players from all other states. Take a look at this list of over 100 Microgaming casinos and good luck!

(Be aware that video poker play usually counts only between 1/10th and 1/50th slots play in terms of meeting initial deposit bonus play through requirements.)


America Bingo Has It All!

This really is a good deal — America Bingo offers $30 FREE to play bingo, keno, blackjack, slots, pull tabs, and more! What more could you ask for? Since America Bingo accepts players from around the world — including the United States — everyone is welcome to take advantage of this offer. Credit card deposits are fast, safe, and secure, and what’s more is that everyone gets a 100% bonus on their initial deposit PLUS a 10% bonus on subsequent deposits made in their first 90 days.


$30 Free at America Bingo

America Bingo is offering $30 free to try out their site. In addition to traditional bingo, America Bingo has a game called “Fair ‘N Square” bingo in which all players have the same number of cards, so that each player has an equal chance to win.

You can also try your luck at games other than bingo, like slots, video poker, blackjack, and keno.

Players are accepted worldwide, and you can deposit using Visa, MasterCard, FirePay, NETeller, and Citadel; initial deposits of at least $20 are awarded a 250% match. Cash outs are processed daily. There is no charge for processing a cash out ($75 minimum), excepting wire transfers ($35 fee).