Casinos do not offer progressive jackpots with video poker games very often. That’s because such games do not offer decent returns to the casino – with correct play it’s very easy to lose very little. The casino relies upon players making dumb decisions when it’s time to draw.
Video poker games that do offer a progressive jackpot tend to ‘fudge’ their payout table. They do this so by offering the jackpot they’re not actually risking too much. Playtech’s ‘Mega Jacks’ video poker game does not do this though. The pay table has the standard amounts you’d expect to be paid when playing ‘Jacks or Better’ video poker.
Here is the pay table in full:
|Jacks or Better||1x|
|Three of a Kind||3x|
|Four of a Kind||25x|
*The jackpot in this game is only available if you gamble with five coins
You cannot change your coin size in this game – it is set at $0.25 – but you can choose the number of coins you wish to gamble with each hand, from one to five. It’s important to note that to win the progressive jackpot you need to gamble with five coins.
The current state of the progressive jackpot is shown in a scrolling display across the top of the screen.
You use the buttons to set your bet, then click ‘deal’. Click ‘hold’ under each card or the card itself to hold, then click ‘draw’ to receive your final hand.
You can gamble all wins aside from the progressive jackpot. You will be shown one card face up, and one card face down. You must select one of the face down cards. If it beats the face up card, your winnings are doubled. If not, you lose.
The best feature of this game is of course the progressive jackpot. If you’re expecting to win millions via this game, then you’re going to be disappointed. The biggest ever progressive jackpot win at the time of writing via Playtech’s ‘Mega Jacks’ is £4,516. The jackpot is won every couple of days or so, and has been won over one thousand times in four years. The average payout is around £950.
Notably, the RTP for this game rises the higher the progressive jackpot rises. Once the jackpot reaches £1,230 the house edge actually reaches zero! If you like to play video poker where you do at least have the chance of a nice cash win, then this is the game you really ought to be playing!
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