Two poker games in the video poker family are Pick ‘em Poker and Joker Pick ‘em.( AKA: Pick a Pair Poker). Both are unique versions of 52 card video poker that are simple to learn and play. The additional version has a 53rd card, The Joker.
These two poker games are not found everywhere but when found you may have to wait for a seat. One of the reasons you may have to hunt for a game is because it can yield over a 99% return if played properly. You may have to ask a slot attendant if they're available.
A single 52 card deck is used. (53 with the Joker version)
Player makes a bet from 1 to 5 coins (credits).
2 up cards are dealt to the left of the screen.
2 additional sets of 3 cards each are dealt, one face up, two face down on each set.
Player must then select one of the 2 sets which s/he thinks will make the best poker hand when combined with the 2 up cards.
Once selected the five-card hand will be revealed.
The winning payout amounts between regular Pick ‘em and the enhanced version with
the Joker do differ in that the
player can use the Joker as a wild
card to complete any hand. Payouts may vary between jurisdictions. The lists
include winning payout amounts for the minimum one coin and maximum five coin
Royal Flush 1,000 6,000
Straight Flush. 200 1,195
4 of a Kind 100. 600
Full House 18 90
Flush 15 75
Straight 11 55
3 of a Kind 5 25
2 Pair 3 15
Pair Jack's/Better 2 10
Pair 9's or 10's 1 5
Royal Flush . 1,000 10,000
5 of a Kind 400. 2,000
Wild Royal 200 1,000
Straight Flush 100 500
4 of a Kind 20 100
Full House 12 60
Flush 10 50
Straight 8 40
3 of a Kind 4 20
2 Pair 2 10
Pair of Jack's/Better 2 10
Pair of 9's/10's. LOSS
Note that there are two more payout combinations for the Joker version on the higher value hands but the more frequent lower value hands have smaller payouts than the version without the Joker. You also lose an even money payout for pair of 9’s or 10’s when you select the Joker game, but also keep in mind that the Joker is wild. Pick ‘em Poker games have a house edge of less than 1% if played properly.
The following strategy is recommended when you’re ready to “Pick’em”:
In regard to either choice, is there:
Three parts of a straight?
Three parts of a flush?
Three of a kind?
Three parts of a straight flush?
Three parts of a royal?
If you see a Joker in either set, Pick ‘em.
none of the above, call on Lady Luck!
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