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  Super Aces:

Super Aces is one of the many video poker games spawned by Jacks or Better. Basically, it is Jacks or Better with higher payouts for Four of a Kind cards—especially if the four cards in question are the Aces.

Rules

Once again, this is basically a Jacks or Better game with a few tweaks. Logically, therefore, we ought to begin by laying out the rules of the “base” game.

Jacks or Better is a type of Draw Poker. Once you have placed your bet, you can now begin to play your hand. The dealer (a real person or a piece of playing software, as the case may be) gives you five cards from the deck. If you are satisfied with these cards—i.e. if they already compromise a poker hand that will give you a satisfactory amount of money according to the game’s paytable—simply keep the cards and collect your money. Otherwise, you have the chance to improve your hand by selecting one, two, or even all of the cards to discard. The dealer will then give you some more cards so that you once again have a complete five-card hand that, if you are fortunate and good at card calculations, will be better than your initial card combination. This game is called Jacks or Better because you need to have at least a pair of Jacks in order to get any money at all. The very lowest payout is even money, essentially the return of the amount of money you wagered for that particular card hand. You may also be gratified to know that Super Aces holds on to the usual Jacks or Better pay schedule in all other respects, particularly in the fact that a pair of Jacks is still the payout minimum. Other types of video poker do, sadly, raise the bar, which means that it is more difficult to get even a small payout.

Super Aces


Since we have now covered the basics, let us get on to the “unique” aspects of Super Aces. Basically, the only thing changed is the pay schedule. All other game mechanics remain the same. Here, however, you get higher payouts for Four of a Kind, especially if the matched cards are Aces. The special rules governing Four of a Kind should not faze you much, since they do very little to upset conventional hand rankings in poker. Yes, Four of a Kind is the bonus hand, but the Royal Flush—the highest-ranking hand in a “normal” ranking system—still has the very highest payout anyway.

Types of Bets

Practically all the variants of video poker you will find have the same betting rules. Before you are dealt cards, you are asked to place your bet. You are allowed to bet up to five coins, and frequently even to choose the actual monetary value of each coin. Basically, it is the same simple scheme used by most basic slot machines.

Some people who like to have a lot of complex betting options at their disposal may complain about the lack of such in Super Aces. If we may be pardoned for using economists’ jargon in this article, we can say that there is usually a trade-off between the complexities of a game’s betting structure and the importance of skill in its outcomes. In other words, the more complicated and varied the betting options are, the smaller the role of skill in determining what actually happens. The reverse is true. Games with a very significant skill dimension usually have very simple betting rules and limited wagering options. This is quite reasonable, since a game that is complex on both counts would be overwhelming, while a game that has both a small skill aspect and very simple betting rules would be too dull. Like many kinds of video poker, Super Aces strikes the optimal balance.

Super Aces Video Poker


Strategies

One important thing to remember with most Jacks or Better-based games is that each hand is independent of all those that come before or after it. At the end of each hand, cards are returned to the deck, and the deck is reshuffled. Therefore, long-term card counting is not really going to do much to help you. Remember to just concentrate on each hand while you play it. Once it is over, forget about it and save all your concentration for the next one. You should not find it hard to locate sources discussing basic Jacks or Better strategy online. Even though this is a slightly tweaked version of the game, the conventional tactics should still work well. Also, remember that not everything is about the bonus hands. If you spend all your effort chasing the Four of a Kind combinations, you are likely to miss out on some decent opportunities—the more frequent but lower-ranking poker hands that are the bread-and-butter of video poker winnings.

Experience

All in all, Super Aces is your standard video poker game, based on Jacks or Better, but with an added bonus hand. It has all the benefits of a video poker game, which include a focus on pure calculation skills, since there are no other players that you have to worry about. Of course, the implication is that it has all the defects or disadvantages inherent in video poker games. One of these is the absence of multi-player interaction. Another is the limiting of strategic opportunities, since all hands have independent outcomes and there is no room for long-term planning. It is up to you to weigh these good and bad points against each other. Your fondness or dislike for video poker variants depends on very subjective factors, such as the nature and level of excitement you expect from a game.

If you are somewhat of a jaded veteran in the online video poker scene, it is likely that you will find very little that is remarkable about Super Aces. The game is not really significantly better or worse than other Jacks or Better-based games out there. There is no reason why you should choose it over others, but no real reason to reject it, either.

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