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  Sequential Royal:

Sequential Royal refers to a type of video poker in which a bonus is given whenever a player is dealt a Royal Flush, with the cards given out in strict ascending order. If the game itself is called Sequential Royal, the above bonus is probably the game’s sole distinguishing feature. However, it is possible for video poker games to include the sequential Royal Flush bonus as just one of several special features.

Rules

Sequential Royal is, at its base, a Jacks or Better game. The whole object of the game is to assemble a high-ranking five-card poker hand so that you can get a good payout. Five cards are dealt to you, and if you prefer, you can discard one or more of them. Then more cards are dealt to you from the deck. In order to make this decision well, it helps to have a good knowledge of poker hands as well as the ability to make calculations about the sorts of “new” cards you are likely to get if you discard some parts of your initial hand.

Of course, if this were all, Sequential Royal would not be called its own game. It needs some sort of quirk in order to differentiate it from Jacks or Better. In this case, the twist happens to involve Royal Flushes. If you are dealt a Ten, a Jack, a Queen, a King, and an Ace in sequential order, then you can get a large bonus. Please be aware that the reverse order (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and Ten) will not get you the bonus. However, there is another video poker game called Reversible Royal, in which you can get still the bonus, whether your Royal Flush was dealt in ascending or descending order.

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Types of Bets

Sequential Royal, as do practically all other kinds of video poker, will only involve small wagers with simple mechanics. You will not see the thousand-dollar stakes per hand that crop up in some games of table-based poker. In Sequential Royal, you can only bet up to five coins. Many versions of this game (particularly the online ones) may give you some leeway when it comes to selecting the denomination of each coin, but coin values are typically kept small, often a dollar or less. Of course, these tiny bets do add up to quite a lot over time, or even over the course of a single intensive session. Therefore, devise a system that helps you keep an eye on how much you are spending, as it is quite easy to lose track. If possible, try to use a machine or website with an interface displaying a running total of your wagers. Otherwise, you might find yourself in the same predicament often faced by reckless or inexperienced slots players. They do not keep track of their small wagers, but end up playing longer and/or more rapidly than they expected, which means that they spend much more than they planned by the end of the session. Keep track of your money, and do not let this happen to you.

Strategies

Since the bonus hand intrudes so little into primary game play, you can use standard Jacks or Better tactics without worrying about missing out on bonuses. Anyway, the bonus here is very much a matter of luck. You will not help yourself significantly by exerting a lot of effort in order to procure it, so you really cannot blame yourself if you fail to get it.

It is part of the nature of video poker for innovation and uniqueness to be double-edged swords. They can make a game more exciting and memorable, but at the same time, it is much harder to come up with a strategy for a game that deviates a lot from Jacks or Better. Here, however, you can afford to just ignore the bonus in your strategy, and happily welcome it if it should come your way.

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Online, you might find some odds tables concerning Sequential Aces, but you first need to learn how to interpret these tables. Furthermore, they are only useful for long gaming sessions. For something a little more user-friendly, try grabbing a strategy card.

Experience

The gaming experience offered here is enjoyable overall, if not very unique. Players hunting for something truly exotic should try a game like Pick ‘em Poker, instead. Put in another way, if you like video poker games with bonuses, you might as well play this one as well as another. It has no distinctive advantages, and but no particular flaws, either.

True, the bonus hand is so rare that you will probably be frustrated every time you think about the (very remote) possibility of ever getting it. However, this is balanced out by the fact that there are no decreases in the payouts for low-ranking hands, as sometimes happens in other kinds of video poker. You can still get a good basic payout schedule. For many players, this more than makes up for a well-nigh unattainable bonus hand.

All in all, the experience is very much that of playing your typical Jacks or Better game. The game is relatively low-intensity, and might be good for people whose nerves cannot handle tournament-style poker. On the other hand, those who prefer their poker games to be more like rollercoaster rides in terms of excitement might find that Sequential Royal palls for them rather quickly.

Sequential Royal should be appealing for players who like game that are not too demanding or unusual, or for more adventurous players who need a bit of a break every now and then. Gambling and “playing it safe” might seem like opposites, but up to a point, Sequential Royal lets you have it both ways. You get the excitement of pitting your luck and skills against the game program, but you can also safely ignore the “new” feature and focus on implementing established Jacks or Better strategies.

People who want to gain fame for coming up with a revolutionary strategy for a difficult game had best look elsewhere.

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