A Case For Playtech Two Ways Royal

All Canadian online casinos offer the Jacks or Better online video poker variant. But if you are at a Playtech powered online casino like Omni Casino, you will find a game titled Two Ways Royal in the video poker section. This variant gives a slightly higher average return and should be preferred over Jacks or Better. This article explains why. The name Two Ways Royal comes from that there are two types of royal flush hand. The Hi Royal Flush is the usual royal flush hand with suited cards from 10 to A. The Lo Royal Flush hand is made of suited cards from 2 to 6.

In order to maximise returns in any online video poker game you have to employ optimum strategy. The first part of this strategy is that you always wager with five coins because that gives you the best payout table. The discussion in the later part will assume that five coins are wagered. The second part of online video poker optimum strategy deals with how to select that cards that you want to hold. The optimum strategy for Two Ways Royal is the same as that for Jacks or Better, with one exception. What applies for Hi Royal Flush applies for Lo Royal Flush as well.

In Jacks or Better the royal flush pays 800 to 1 and a hand of suited 2 to 6 pays 50 to 1 as straight flush. In Two Ways Royal both these hands pay 800 to 1. Because of the additional royal flush hand in Two Ways Royal the average return to the player increases by 1.8%. Add this to the average return of 99.5% for Jacks or Better and you get an average return of 101.3%. This would make Two Ways Royal an unviable video poker variant because in the long run the online casino would lose money on the game. In order to compensate for this some other payouts are changed.

The payout for full house is reduced from 9 to 1 to 6 to 1 and the payout for flush is reduced from 6 to 1 to 5 to 1. This overcompensates so the payout for four of a kind is increased from 25 to 1 to 40 to 1. The net effect of all these changes gives Two Ways Royal an average return of 99.8%. This is marginally greater than the average return for Jack or Better. This is significant for high roller online video poker players.

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