Poker pot pourri

Oct 24, 2005 2:02 AM

As the leading manufacturer of video poker machines, you’d think IGT did nothing but sit around, counting their nickels.

Not so! IGT’s Action Gaming division, which is the brainchild behind its video poker products, has come up with a new generation of poker games.

One game is sure to touch the wild streak in us all —Anything’s Wild Poker, a new game that lets you pick your very own wild card.

Now you’re no longer limited to wild deuces or that elusive joker. This is a game in which the player calls the wild card.

Choose a favorite card, follow a gut feeling, or go with a superstitious whim. Whatever the inspiration, you’re in control of what’s wild in this game, and you can change your wild card choice at any time between games.

Depending on how the machine is set up, you can wager from 1 to 100 credits per hand in the single-hand model, or 5 to 30 credits per hand in the multi-hand version.

Either way, a max bet natural royal flush earns the top award of 800 credits times the total bet.

If you’re more mild than wild, there’s IGT’s new Draw 6 Poker that gives the player a free sixth card after the draw.

Here’s how it works: For any dealt three-of-a-kind you’ll receive a sixth card free after the draw.

The three bonus-initiating cards are automatically held. You can hold or discard either or both of the remaining cards, and draw to receive a six-card hand.

The paytable rewards the highest-ranking five-card hand from among the six cards. As with other versions, the royal flush pays 800-1 of the amount bet.

Obviously, the big attraction with the sixth card is the chance of hitting a four-of-a-kind.

Another new game, Going For Fours, allows the player to buy an extra card after receiving a three-of-a-kind, enhancing the possibility of hitting a quad or even a full house.

Any three-of-a-kind with maximum credits bet qualifies for the Going For Fours bonus. When the bonus feature is offered and accepted, you can make an additional wager with the goal of improving to a four-of-a-kind hand.

In practice, the game prompts you to keep the win or wager additional credits. If you choose to wager more, the game holds the three-of-a-kind and draws two more cards.

The game features a maximum wager of 5 to 80 credits per game, depending on the configuration of the machine you play.

Finally, most players feel pretty good about any winning hand that returns more than the original wager. Now, when you land back-to-back straights, flushes, full houses or four-of-a-kinds, you’ll collect five times the typical payout for the second winning hand!

Video poker players love a clean win for a regular straight, flush, or full house — or a sought-after four-of-a-kind. Now, with the Back It Up poker game, you don’t have to ask, "Is that all there is?" Because with this game there is more — five times more — when you repeat a win with a similar qualifying hand in the next consecutive game. Qualifying hands include "regular" straights and flushes — not royals — plus full houses, and four-of-a-kinds.

Any player’s skills can spell righteous thrills when you’re playing the Back It Up game with the familiar Double Bonus Poker paytable. No new strategy is involved here, just the video poker savvy to divine which cards to hold for the best shot at back-to-back wins in the Back It Up bonus.