Progressive Video Poker

8/5 Jacks or Better Video Poker offers massive progressive jackpots.

In This Game Guide

  • Progressive Jackpot Poker History 
  • Progressive Jackpot Video Poker Basics 
  • Poker Rules and Terms 
  • Payback Percentages 
  • Keep youR eyes open for... 
  • Progressive Jackpot Poker Game Variations 
  • Progressive Jackpot Poker Trivia 

When it comes to mega-money video poker gaming, there is nothing to beat the allure of progressive jackpot video poker. The positive theoretical returns on these types of games boggle the mind. 

Progressive Jackpot Poker History

This particular game quickly evolved out of standard video poker. It all began when television merged with computers to provide TV-style poker gaming. 

The basics of Progressive Jackpot Video Poker

Video poker machines, much like slots, come in progressive jackpots too. It is generally accepted that an entire online gaming network, or up to 12 land-based video poker machines may share a progressive jackpot.

Because video poker makes use of strategic play, unlike slots, players stand a better chance. A percentage of all wagers is added to the progressive jackpot and paid out when the Royal Flush is hit. 

Poker rules and terms

These are much the same as with traditional poker. The most popular and prolific progressive poker game is 8/5 Jacks or Better. And in line with the similarities, the payout chart is identical for progressive jackpot video poker and the 8/5 Jacks or Better game. 

The payback percentages

Progressive video poker machines pay out more than standard 8/5 Jacks or Better video poker games. The latter payback percentages hover around 97% with a house-edge of just under 3%. When the jackpot rises high enough, the payout moves into positive expectation territory. But that doesn't mean that there is no volatility. Indeed the progressive jackpot might be hit at anytime by any one else. 

Keep your eyes open for...

Players are advised to keep on the look out for progressive video poker games offering payback percentages of 102% or higher. This might prove to be a tough task owing to the glut of pro-poker players hogging the machines in land-based casinos. Online though, it's an entirely different story. 

Progressive jackpot poker game variations

Traditional video poker machines offer payouts based on the strength of the player's hand. Progressive machines work in much the same way, with the exception that a Royal Flush is the only hand that pays out.  9/6, 8/5 and 6/5 Jacks or Better progressive jackpot video poker games are the norm. 

Progressive Jackpot Poker Trivia

  • In video poker the casino is banking the game but the machine doesn't attempt to beat the player's hand.
  • In video poker the Royal Flush pays out around 16 times more than a Straight Flush.

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