2 ways Royal
2 ways Royal is a video poker variation from Playtech. It's a version of 'Jacks or Better' with an added winning hand – a 'Lo Royal Flush' which is a two, three, four, five and six of the same suit. This new winning hand ups the payout percentage of this game to a very generous 99.8 percent – with proper play of course.
Without further ado, let's introduce you to the pay table in full:
|Jacks or Better||1x|
|Three of a Kind||3x|
|Four of a Kind||40x|
|Lo Royal Flush||250x/800x*|
|Hi Royal Flush||250x/800x*|
*the 800x payout is only available if you play with five coins
If you haven't guessed, a 'Hi Royal Flush' is simply a normal poker royal flush.
Playing this game will be second nature to you if you've played video poker before. Use the arrow keys in the bottom left hand corner of the screen to select your coin size, then press the 'bet one' button repeatedly to bet as many coins as you want, or the 'bet max' button to go straight to 'bet five' – remember, in order to maximise your payout percentage you should always play with five coins.
When you're ready to get going, hit the 'deal' button. You will be dealt your initial poker hand of five cards. You can select between none and all of them to keep for the draw, which you do by clicking on them. When you're happy to draw, hit the 'deal' button again. You'll then receive your final hand, and any wins are announced.
You can gamble any win, or half your win amount. If you choose to gamble, you will be shown a face up card alongside four face down cards. You mission (should you choose to accept it) is to select one of the face up cards. If it is of higher value than the face up card, then your winnings are doubled. If it is not, then you lose your prize. You can gamble up to a casino-specified limit. Note that there is no gurantee that at least one of the face down cards will beat the face up one.
This game is simply 'Jacks or Better' with the added twist that 2-3-4-5-6 of the same suit is worth the same as T-J-Q-K-A of the same suit. The odds of receiving or drawing either royal flush are around 40,000-1, so with a payout of only 800-1 (if playing with five coins) you can see that this addition is not that much of an enticement.
To keep the house edge to the house's advantage the pay table has been 'doctored' a little from a normal 'Jacks or Better' game. A flush normally pays 6x and a full house 9x, but here they are down to 5x and 6x respectively. Four of a kind is upped from 25x to 40x as a slight compensation, but your odds of being dealt or drawing four of a kind are 87-1, so again, not that attractive.
This game is definitely a gamble, but with a tiny house edge of 0.2 percent (with perfect play), it's up to you whether it's a gamble worth taking.
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