Multi Hand Video Poker
The Jacks or Better video poker game is one of the most popular in casinos around the world. In this game, any pair of picture cards gives you a win, but any pair below that does not. Here, we have a 50 card version.
If you have ever been to Las Vegas, you may have noticed there are not many '50 hand' versions of video poker in the casinos. It's never been clear as to why that is, because they always seem to be very popular.
This 50 hand poker is Jacks or Better, which is one of the most loved video poker games you will find in Las Vegas
Multi Hand Jacks or Better Rules
Another interesting variation of Video Poker, Multi Hand machines allow the players to select the number of hands they wish to play at the same time – usually 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100. No choice is definite and the machine will let you change hands before placing your first bet. So, in case you decide to increase or decrease the number of hands after you have already made your selection, all you need to do is find the “change hands” button and you will go back to the video poker home screen.
As soon as the bets are placed, the machine will deal 5 cards and the player chooses which are to be held – for example, if you are playing a Multi Hand session with 5 hands, the cards that you would like to hold will be applied to all 5 hands. The new cards are dealt and all the hands that have a pair of Jacks or a better ranked hand will win.
Most machines will also offer a double up option at the end of each round, where the players can multiply the winnings if they draw a higher card.
The strategy of Multi Play Jacks or Better Video Poker
The strategy for Multi Hand machines is exactly the same as with their single hand counterparts – so, whichever strategy you used in a Jacks or Better variant so far can also be applied to a Multi Hand machine, as long as it does the job. If you are only just starting to learn the basic rules of poker, the optimal moves for each of the hands are listed below:
- • Four or three cards that have a potential of forming Straight Flush hand should be held
- • A pair of Jacks or a higher ranked pair should of course be held
- • Any three cards that can potentially form Royal Flush should not be discarded
- • Four cards that can lead to a Flush should be kept
- • Lower pairs, suited/unsuited high cards, outside straight draw cards and unsuited (A)+K+Q+J should be kept
- • Single high cards or K, Q, J in a combination with 10 in the same suit as the high cards should be kept
Alternatively, you can choose not to keep any of the dealt cards and simply request a new hand.
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Where to play Multi Hand Jacks or Better Video Poker
This is an easy machine to find and any land based casino with Video Poker offer is bound to have a Multi Hand variation. Depending on your location, you can filter the casinos online, searching for the ones in your proximity, or you can simply take a stroll Downtown and visit California, Main Street Station or Boyd Gaming.