The Vegas game of Joker Poker is based on traditional deal/draw video poker games.
The game is played with a deck of 53 cards, including a joker. The joker may substitute for any other card to make the best possible hand. At the start of the game, you will be dealt five cards and you can choose whether to hold any or all of them in order to achieve the best hand on the draw (ie, the second round of cards you are dealt). Any cards you do not hold will be discarded and replaced by new cards from the pack when you click the Draw button.
If after the draw you have one of the poker hands shown in the award table on screen (a pair of kings or better), you will win the appropriate prize for that hand.
The deal and holding your cards
Choose to stake from 1 to 5 ‘coins’.
To do this, you can either click on the appropriate column on the award table, or press the Select Coins button until the desired number of coins is highlighted. Alternatively, press Select 5 Coins to go straight to 5 coins.
Press the Stake Up and Stake Down buttons to choose a stake per coin between 10p and £20.
The total amount you have staked will be shown in the TOTAL STAKE box at the top of the screen. For example. if you choose a stake per coin of £1 and play with 5 coins, your total stake will be £5.
A maximum of £100 total bet can be placed on any one game.
The award table on the screen shows the potential winnings for each possible number of coins you choose to stake – you can reach the maximum prize by staking the maximum number of coins at the maximum stake per coin. The table shows the number of coins that you can win for each hand. The value of your prize will depend on the number of coins and the stake per coin you selected for your bet.
‘5 Of A Kind’ means four of a kind plus a Joker.
Your stake must be placed at the start of the game and cannot be changed once you press Deal.
The deal and holding your cards
Press Deal to start the game.
Your first five cards will be dealt.
To hold any (or all) of the cards in order to improve your chance of getting a winning hand on the draw, click on the cards so that the HOLD banner appears.
If you have switched on the Auto Hold feature, any cards that make up a winning hand will already be held for you according to our suggested strategy. You can release them by clicking the cards again so that the HOLD banner disappears.
The Auto Hold feature is switched on by default when you start the game. If you prefer to switch it off, press the Auto Hold On button. If it is switched off and you want to use it, you can still switch Auto Hold on again once your cards have been dealt and the best cards will be held for you – if you have already held any cards, these will be replaced by the Auto Hold function. Once the cards have been drawn, Auto Hold is inactive until the next game.
Step 3: the draw
When you have selected the cards you wish to hold, press Draw to continue the game.
All cards that were not held will be discarded, and new cards will be dealt from the pack to replace them. The discarded cards are not shuffled back into the pack until you finish the game and press Deal for the next game.
A winning hand is one that matches a hand shown on the award table (ie, pair of kings or better). The joker can be used to substitute for any card to help make a win. If the joker could be used to make two different wins, then it will be used to give you the highest win possible.
If you have a winning hand, your win will be highlighted on the award table. You will have the option to deal again or enter the gamble game, and the Gamble Win button will flash. Your winnings will be automatically added to your account balance.
If a losing hand is dealt, the game is over and the Deal button will flash, indicating that you can play again. The stake and stake per coin will stay the same as on the previous game unless you change them.
The Gamble Win button will light up each time you win, giving you the option to play a gamble game.
Press the flashing Gamble Win button to enter the game.
Since your winnings were added to your account balance straight away before you pressed Gamble Win, these winnings will now be deducted from your account balance again. Then at the end of the gamble game, depending on whether you win or lose, your account balance will be updated once more.
If you change your mind at this stage, you can still press Collect to collect all your winnings and return to the main game, or Collect Half to collect half of your winnings and play the gamble game with the remaining half.
In the gamble game, you will have a choice of six bets as to what the next card drawn will be – red or black, or which specific suit. You may only place one bet.
Press the appropriate button for the bet you wish to make. The card is then turned over.
If you guessed correctly, your winnings are doubled for red/black bets and quadrupled for specific suit bets.
If you guessed incorrectly, your winnings total will return to 0.00 and after a few seconds the screen will return to the normal game screen.
If you win, you may repeat the gamble on the next card (and then subsequent cards) or you may collect all or half your winnings. You can continue playing the gamble game until your potential winnings exceed the maximum win limit.
Results of the 14 most recent draws since you started the game are displayed at the bottom of the bonus screen.
You can keep collecting half until your balance is below the minimum stake level. After that you must either bet or collect all.
All cards are dealt from a new pack – so the card that came up in the previous go could be the same card in the next go (so it is always an equal bet).
This feature operates at zero margin.
By selecting Auto Play you can choose to place up to 25 bets automatically, one after the other. Make your selections (number of coins and stake per coin) as normal then press the Auto Play button to select the number of Auto Play bets you want before clicking the Deal button.
You can stop Auto Play from continuing onto the next spin by clicking the Auto Play button again, which resets the number of bets back to 1, or by clicking Stop Auto Play whenever it appears briefly on screen between hands as shown here.
While in AutoPlay, Auto Hold is automatically switched on so that the suggested cards are held after the deal. Any wins will be collected automatically rather than going to the gamble game.
Betting History: choose this from the Help/Options menu to display a log of the previous games in the current session showing your bets placed and the outcomes.
Animation off: choose this from the Help/Options menu to allow the game to be played more quickly by removing animations of the cards being turned over etc.
Sound off: choose this from the Help/Options menu to switch off all audio within the game.
RTP and house edgeTOP
Game Type RTP House Edge
Playing with 5 Coins (based on optimum strategy) 95.67% 4.33%
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