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  Royal Aces Poker:

Royal Aces Poker is a game that does not depart very much from the “parent” of virtually all video poker games: Jacks or Better. Royal Aces’ gimmick is its high payouts for hands containing four Aces. (Interestingly, Royal Aces—or rather, The Royal Aces—is also the name of a band, but this article really has nothing to do with them.)

Rules

The rules of Royal Aces Poker are, as we stated briefly, very much like those of Jacks or Better. A player starts by getting five cards, all of which he or she is allowed to see. The player is then allowed to remove some cards—which he or she will select—and then have the hand re-completed by other cards drawn from the deck. Of course, the player does not know for sure what the new cards will be. The player also has the choice to discard all of the cards and get five new ones, or just keep all of them, if he or she is already satisfied with the initial poker hand. Once the final hand is assembled or the player confirms a decision to keep all the initial cards, the payout—if any—is given.

The above paragraph describes the rules of Jacks or Better. Of course, these rules have been tweaked slightly in order to create a slightly different game. Royal Aces is just like the game described above, but with a higher payout (800 coins) for a Four of a Kind hand in which the matched cards are Aces. Unfortunately, this bonus does come with a price. The threshold for getting payouts at all is at a pair of Aces or better. This is a few steps up from the usual video poker game, in which a pair of Jacks is already enough to get you a payout.

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Types of Bets

The bets in Royal Aces are small and simple. You can only bet up to five coins per hand, and there is no bonus round—unlike a few of the fancier video poker variants—that allows you to raise your bet once you have settled it. However, do not believe that it is impossible to lose serious money playing this game. Such an assumption is reckless. The truth is that you usually play a great many hands during a single sitting, since, like a spin in slots, each hand is played out in a short time. If you want, you can try playing at a slower pace in order to spend less, but games are typically designed to encourage you to go through each hand very quickly.

Strategies

Since Royal Aces is so very much like Jacks or Better, you are likely to do well if you stick to conventional Jacks or Better tactics. It is quite easy to find detailed expert advice on this online, as well as strategy cards, odds tables, and other statistical guides to help you. If you like, you can try to incorporate the special status of the Aces into your tactics, but do not go overboard. For example, there might be circumstances where it is simply logical to throw out an Ace because the odds and the rest of your cards dictate it. Remember that Aces are not everything, and that it is the whole hand, rather than the individual card, that is the essential thing.

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Experience

It is a bit difficult to review Royal Aces as a unique game since so little separates it from other variants of video poker. Some people will see this as a fundamental defect, and perhaps they are right. On the brighter side of things, however, Jacks or Better (which forms the basis for this game) does have many good features. Though Royal Aces cannot be praised for originality, it can at least share some of the advantages of Jacks or Better. Therefore, we can discuss Royal Aces as a member of the category of video poker games.

As a class, video poker games are often compared to their more traditional table-based brethren. The contrasts between these two groups of games are indeed stark and offer a great deal of fodder for discussion. It is true that there are some people who like one class of poker and detest the other. On the other hand, there are also many poker fans who fall somewhere in the vast territory in between. They may like both games for different reasons, and switch between one and the other as mood or mental state dictate. For example, a player with this attitude might play Texas Hold ‘Em if he/she is in the mood for thrills, high stakes, and social interaction. However, for a less overwhelming experience, he/she might try the very different pleasures of video poker, which focuses on individual hands rather than an entire game as the basic strategic unit, and which lacks the presence of other players. Therefore, whether or not you like this particular poker variant by virtue of it being a video poker game depends not just on what you think of video poker games, but also on what mood you happen to be in at the time.

Now, what can we say about the pay schedules? It is important to talk about how these affect the gaming experience since, indeed, they form the sole distinguishing characteristic of Royal Aces. Well, the anticipation for the bonus hand is certainly increased. As you look at your cards, you can become much more excited if you happen to see a couple (or even three!) Aces in there. However, depending on your perspective, the higher threshold for paying hands will probably dampen your enthusiasm quite a bit, perhaps even enough to eclipse the excitement generated by the bonus hand. Sadly, such is often the case with these sorts of games. A bonus hand is offered with a whopping payoff, but then again, the “easy picking” hands that you stand a good chance of getting become worthless. Even so, the game is still quite a lot of fun overall, and the higher payout threshold might be thought of as a better (if slightly cruel) incentive to improve your poker skills and go for the high-ranking hands.

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