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Video Poker - Jacks or Better


Table of Contents
A - Introduction
B - Game Play
C - Game Rules
D - Interface Layout
E - Payout Table
F - Glossary

A - Introduction

  • Video Poker is an electronic version of the traditional Poker game. Many different versions of this game exist, most only having different payout tables, and might include wildcards (jokers).
  • Multi-hand Video Poker is a variation of a standard Video Poker where the player can play multiple hands at once. The player is dealt a single hand on “Deal” and can hold 1 or more cards. Then on “Draw” the player is dealt multiple hands. Each hand is evaluated the same way. Thus, in multi-hand Video Poker player may win on each hand played depending on the payout table. Each hand has its own virtual 52 card deck.

 

B - Game Play

  • Game play begins by the player placing a bet for each hand played, selecting how many hands to play, and then pressing the “Deal” button to start the game. The player receives 5 cards and is given the opportunity to hold 1 or more cards.
  • On pressing the “Draw” button, cards not held will be discarded from each virtual deck of the hands played. The “Deal” cards are also removed from the virtual decks. For each hand, new cards will be drawn from the remaining cards of their respective decks to replace the cards not held.
  • After the final set of cards is obtained, the game evaluates each hand and pays the winning hands based on the payout table. Progressive Jackpots are paid out if the winning hand is a “Royal Flush”.
  • If a player wins on one or more hands, then he/she can opt to either double up their winnings for the current game or collect the money. The game ends when any of the following occurs: player loses on Draw or Double, or player opts to collect.

 

C - Game Rules

  • Betting
    A Player is only allowed to bet with real money – no Bonus Bucks can be used.
    Minimum bet possible is 1 hand with a price of £0.10 = £0.10.
    Maximum bet possible is 21 hands with a price of £5.00 = £105.00.
  • Payout
    If a Player is non-purchasing the amount won will be added to Bonus Bucks.
    For purchasing players the amount won will be added to Real Money.
  • Qualifying for a Progressive Jackpot
    A player only qualifies to win the Progressive Jackpot on the highest possible win (i.e. a “Royal Flush”). The progressive can be won on any coin denomination (price), but the progressive amount will change in proportion to the amount bet.
  • Progressive Payout
    If more than one hand qualifies for the Progressive Win, then the Total Progressive amount gets divided by the amount of hands qualifying for the progressive.
    (E.g. if total progressive is 4000 and two hands win, then each hand will win 2000 respectively. Adding up all the wins the total progressive payout will be 4000.)
  • Progressive Payout is proportional
    The Progressive Jackpot is proportional. If a player bets max bet he/she will be able to win the full amount in the progressive. If the player bets half (50%) of the max possible bet, then he/she will only be able to win half (50%) of the full progressive amount available. Note that the possible Progressive Win Amount gets adjusted in proportion, as the user adjusts his/her bet.
  • Progressive Jackpot and participating sites
    The Progressive Jackpot is played across all participating Leapfrog gaming sites, so it is possible for it to be won at another participating site. The starting value for this jackpot is £4,000. In the unlikely event that two players win the progressive jackpot at very close to the same time, then the Progressive Jackpot amount displayed may not have had sufficient time to reflect the initial win. In this case the first player to win the Progressive Jackpot will be awarded the displayed Progressive Jackpot amount and the second player will be awarded the starting value at max coins size
  • Winning Hands
    The standard poker hands are used.

  • A poker hand consists of 5 cards. The Ace is considered the highest card, followed by Kings, Queens, Jacks, etc. The lowest card is a two. The object of the game is to get the best hand possible. The various poker hands are described below from lowest to highest:
  • Nothing
    The lowest hand, containing 5 cards that don’t qualify for any of the winning hand combinations. This is anything less than Jacks or Better.
  • Jacks or Better
    Two of the five cards are of the same rank, but no other card has that rank and no other J, Q, K or Ace double, or triple exists
  • Two pair
    Two pairs in the same hand, such as two 8's and two 5's.
  • Three of a kind
    Three cards of the same rank. Example: three aces.
  • Straight
    Five consecutive cards, such as 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. They need not be of the same suit. An Ace can be used in two ways. It can be a "1" card in a A, 2, 3, 4, 5 hand, or it can also be placed above the King in an 10, J, Q, K, A sequence.
  • Flush
    Five cards of the same suit. They do not have to be in any order.
  • Full House
    3 cards of the same rank, along with a pair. Example: Three Kings and two Aces.
  • Four of a Kind
    Four cards with the same rank, such as four jacks.
  • Straight Flush
    This is both a straight and a flush in one hand. Five cards must be in sequential order AND they must be of the same suit.
  • Royal Flush
    The best possible hand in poker. You'll rarely ever see this hand. It is an A, K, Q, J, and 10, all in the same suit.
  • Double Stage
    For any win, player is given the opportunity to double his/her winnings. By clicking on “Double” button, the interface changes and the player is presented with a Double interface. This interface displays 5 cards. 1st card is shown face up and the rest of the cards face down. The purpose of this round is to select a card higher than the face up card. Player is required to select one of the face down cards. Once the player has made his/her selection, the other cards are revealed. If the player selects a card higher than the face up card, he/she wins the current double round. If the player selects a card lower than the face up card, he/she loses the double round and loses all his/her winnings. In the case of a win, the player is given two options: to continue the double round or to collect the money.
  • Double is not allowed on Progressive Wins
  • A maximum of 3 doubles are allowed.
  • If card drawn during double matches the “card to beat” then this doesn’t count as a double. The amount won remains unchanged and the player can choose to either double again or collect the money.
  • A maximum double limit of £4,000 exists. If this limit is reached, then no further double is allowed for the current game.

 

D - Interface Layout

  • Multi-hand Video Poker uses two interface layouts throughout the game. The first is used in normal deal draw play. The second (similar) interface is used when the player opts to double his/her winnings.

  • The image below shows the Video Poker deal-draw interface used.

 

Multi-hand Jacks or Better

Tag Nr
Short Description Details
1
Video Poker Settings
Displays a dialog with optional Video Poker Settings. Available settings are: “Auto Hold” and “Game Speed”
2
Change Bet
Player can increase/decrease bet amount. The changes are reflected in Price and Bet fields displayed in (9). Also the payout table (8) is updated to show payout for current bet amount.
3
Change Nr Hands
Player can change number of hands to play from 1 to 21. If one hand is played, then cards are displayed in (5) and (6) is left blank. As player selects hands to play they are added to (6). The amount bet in (9) is also updated if number of hands change.
4
Deal, Draw, Double, Collect
To start game player needs to click “Deal”. The “Deal” button changes to “Draw” and after clicked and draw stage complete, returns to “Deal”.
Player can only click “Double” when valid win and doubles allowed.
Player can click “Collect” after valid win and if not in “Double” stage.
5,6
Cards

Displays a set of 5 cards per hand played. First hand played is displayed in (5). If more hands are played they are displayed in (6). After “Draw” is clicked this area will display additional information to mark each hand as winning or losing. Below a winning hand the win rank (e.g. “Straight”) is displayed.
7
Game Id
Displays Game Id of either active game, or if game is complete, then of last game played.
8
Pay table
Displays the payouts for all possible winning hands. Payouts change as player increases/decreases the current bet amount. The “Royal Flush” payout displays the current progressive jackpot. This jackpot amount also changes proportionally to the amount bet. To win max jackpot one needs to bet max. If player bets 50% of max possible bet, then he/she only qualifies for 50% of full progressive jackpot.
9
Display Bet, Won, Hands
This area displays information for an active game and settings in place for next game if player clicks “Deal”.
Price – bet for current/next game
Hands – number of hands for current/next game
Bet – bet = price * nr hands
Win – amount won for active game, or completed game
10
Double Cards
Displays the 5 double cards. 1st card is shown face up and cards 2-5 face down. The layer then has to click on one of the face down cards guessing which is higher than the 1st. After player selects a card the 4 card values are revealed and player is notified of either a win, draw, or lose.

The image below shows the Video Poker double interface.

Multi-hand Jacks or Better

Additional Screenshots of various stages in game play are given below.
(Note: screenshots are taken from Multi-hand Jacks or Better Video Poker)

Multi-hand Jacks or Better
Min bet, min hands
Player can change amount bet and number of hands to play.
Multi-hand Jacks or Better
Max bet, max hands
The payout table adjusts as the player increases the bet.
Multi-hand Jacks or Better After Deal clicked.
1st set of 5 cards dealt. Player can choose which cards to hold or discard and must then click draw to get 2nd set of cards.
Multi-hand Jacks or Better After Draw clicked.
2nd set of cards. Only cards that were not held in the previous stage were replaced. Each hand draw random cards from its virtual deck.
At the bottom of each hand the winning payout ranking is displayed. If hand is not a winning hand, cards are grayed out
Multi-hand Jacks or Better After Double clicked.
Player needs to beat 9 of clubs. Then he/she needs to draw 9 or higher. Player has to click on one of the four face down cards
Note: In “Deuces Wild” the Deuces don’t count as wild cards in double stage.
Multi-hand Jacks or Better After Player clicked 2nd face down double card. This show the player’s card selection with a yellow highlight. In this case the players card was lower than 9 of clubs and thus the double was lost. After a short timeout the game completes, and the screen returns to the initial screen where the player can choose to deal again.
On winning a double a player can choose to collect winnings and end game, or double up money again.
The amounts of doubles are limited to a certain amount of doubles, or max amount won.

E - Payout Table The following table describes the payouts for Jacks or Better Video Poker. Since the game is a progressive, the maximum payout – in this case “Royal Flush” is determined by the current progressive counter value. (Note that the minimum progressive value is £4,000. Thus, if a progressive is won it will reset to a minimum value of £4,000.) To calculate the respective payout for a game, multiply the Price selected in the game by the Payout that matches your win.

To calculate the respective payout for a game, multiply the Price selected in the game by the Payout that matches your win.


Hand

Payout

Royal flush

see current progressive value

Straight flush

50

4 of a kind

25

Full house

6

Flush

5

Straight

4

3 of a kind

3

Two pair

2

Jacks or better

1

Nothing

0

Example:

You played 5 Hands and selected a bet Price of £0.50. You won 3 of a kind on the one hand and a  4 of a kind on another hand.

3 of a kind pays out £0.50 times a payout of 3 = £1.50
4 of a kind pays out £0.50 times a payout of 25 = £12.50

Thus the total payout for the game would be £14.00

The percentage return to player for this game is 94.0%

Malfunction
Malfunction Voids All Pays and Play.

Impact of Disconnection
In the event of a player being unable to complete his current game due to disconnection, the player will be returned to the last game state on next login..

F - Glossary

Non-Purchasing Player – a player is defined as non-purchasing on Registration (i.e. account creation) and this status will only be changed after a valid 1st purchase (via one of the purchasing methods available to the software)

Progressive Jackpot – is a jackpot where the jackpot increases by a small amount for each game played. The jackpot is shared/linked between multiple machines (usually of the same game) and thus grows faster since multiple players are contributing to the same jackpot at the same time.

Rank – in a standard card deck there are exactly 13 ranks for each suit. Ranks are numbered from 2, 3.4,…10, Jack, Q, K, Ace

Suit –in a standard card deck there are exactly four suits (hearts, clubs, diamonds, and spades)

Return to player: 94%