Video poker is a huge portion of any casino’s offerings these days. The games mix in the allure of table draw poker alongside the technology of video slots, bringing every player the opportunity to get in on the action of a venerable card game. The game originally came about during the 1980’s when arcade and video game companies were taking off. These games have changed a bit in their presentation over the years, but the overall core of these games remain the same.
There are several variations of video poker out there for players to try out, whether its Joker Poker, Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, or All American Poker. All American Poker is actually a variation of a variation, as the game is based on the Jacks or Better model of video poker (also called Draw Poker).
The main difference between All American Poker and Jacks or Better is that All American Poker pays out better for straights, flushes, and straight flushes, but pays out worse for full houses and two pairs.
For those of you new to draw poker style games, they are played like this:
After the player puts in their wager, then ends up hitting the deal button. 5 cards are then given five face up cards. Players then have the choice of keeping all of their cards, some of their cards, and none of their cards. Cards that players want to keep are held, and those that aren’t held are discarded. New cards are then dealt back out to players, and the computer analyzes the poker hand that players hold.
Poker hand rankings in All American Poker are as follows with payouts attached:
- Royal Flush 800:1
- Straight Flush 200:1
- Four of a Kind 35:1
- Full House 8:1
- Flush 8:1
- Straight 8:1
- Three of a Kind 3:1
- Two Pair 1:1
- Jacks or Better 1:1