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  Black Jack Bonus Poker:

This is yet another of the many types of video poker. Its “unique” factor lies in its bonus hand, which is Four of a Kind plus a black Jack.

Rules

You might assume from the game’s name that this poker variant has somehow adapted and adopted certain features of Blackjack. Such a game would be exciting, but this one is not it. If you look at the game’s name again, you will see that it starts with “Black Jack,” not “Blackjack.” In other words, this game has nothing to do with Blackjack, Twenty-One, Pontoon, etc. Rather, the name refers to the game’s bonus hand, which consists of Four of a Kind, plus either a Jack or Spades or a Jack of Clubs.

Other than that, it is a rather straightforward Jacks or Better-based poker game. You get five cards, and then are given a chance to get rid of some of them, after which the game program will give you some replacement cards. You then get a payout—or not—according to the final card hand you have. The payout will depend on the hand ranking and the number of tokens you have put into the machine for that particular hand. Payout schemes tend to be similar from venue to venue, so you need not worry much about having to scout extensively for good odds. (Conversely, if you do not like the odds, you will find it rather pointless to try looking elsewhere.)

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Type of bets

As is the case with practically all types of video poker, the types of bet you can make are rather limited. You can only choose to bet between one to five tokens per hand. Of course, you can vary the total amount wagered by deciding to play more or fewer hands. As far as betting goes, this might appear to be a rather “safe” game in the sense that you do not end up raising bets to astronomical heights, as sometimes happens in some games of tournament-type poker. However, it is possible to ultimately wager much more than you planned for your particular gaming session. The betting experience for this game is a bit like that of slots. You only bet a few tokens per spin—or in this case, per hand—but the temptation is always to keep playing for just a few more hands, particularly if a bonus hand is dangled in front of you. It might behoove you to adopt a tactic used by many pragmatic slots players: set a hard-and-fast limit for how much money you are willing to bet during a single session, and do not exceed this no matter what, even if you win.

Strategies

The strategy of machine-based poker is not quite the same as what you would expect for table-based Draw Poker games with real (as opposed to virtual) card decks. In “live” Draw Poker games, particularly multi-player ones, card hands are not independent of each other—i.e. you can calculate the odds of getting certain cards as the game progresses, based on the cards remaining in the deck. However, with many video poker machines or websites, the virtual cards you get are indeed returned to the deck, so hands have a greater degree of independence from one another. As a result, luck plays a larger role in the outcome, since it becomes harder to card count and/or develop a long-term strategy that will play out over several hands. You will then have to develop your strategy in terms of individual hands. Once the hand is over, you go back to square one as far as your strategy is concerned.

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That said, there is one strategic approach that all players should know, which is that you should think in terms of building the best hand as a whole, rather than in terms of individual card rankings. For instance, if you are dealt a hand with three Deuces, a Ten, and a Queen, you should probably discard the Ten, though it ranks higher than the Deuces. After all, you already have Three of a Kind, so why separate the Deuces? Though it might pain you to give up a high-ranking individual card, keep in mind that as the hand stands, this particular card might be of little use to you, so it is best to give it up.

Experience

This game shares the benefits—and defects—of most video poker variants. For one thing, it is strictly for single players. This can be a double-edged sword, depending on what you look for in your games. If you are worried about being intimidated or cheated by other players, the single-player format of this game should give you a greater feeling for security, as well as allowing yourself to concentrate on the card calculations for individual hands.

Unfortunately, once the novelty of the game’s simple rules and its mildly clever name wear off, what you basically have is yet another version of Jacks or Better with a few sprinkles on top. This game is likely to be appealing or even a favorite for people who already have a liking for video poker games. On the other hand, other players are not likely to become devoted converts. They may include this game as part of their gaming sessions, but are unlikely to give up, say, multi-player poker variants for it.

Then again, we need not assume that reactions to this game will be neatly divided into those who enjoy it greatly and those who simply cannot stand it. There will, of course, be many players whose actions fall in between. For instance, a particular poker player might not like video poker as much as he might like multi-player games, but he or she might decide to play short runs of video poker in between rounds of tournament-style poker. All in all, this is a game that will probably attract a wide range of fans, some who are very devoted, and others with a more casual approach. It is definitely worth a try.

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