Video poker players as a group are loyal to their games and seldom seek comfort or refuge in the arms of another "bandit," reel spinning or video.
And, if there ever are complaints, they might be over the lack of variations in the game. After all, how many times can you play draw poker without feeling some kind of seven-year itch.
Perhaps sensing players ennui or seizing upon the rabid interest in poker in general, IGT has been busy creating a variety of new poker games that are just now beginning to appear in Nevada and other jurisdictions.
Here is a thumbnail look at some of IGT’s latest video poker offerings:
”¡ Anything’s Wild Poker: Players get to pick their own wild cards before the hand is dealt. After the selection is made, the game plays just like any other single or multi-hand poker game. For players who like a little more action, the game is available on triple-, five- and 10-play games. Moreover, the stakes are raised with bets ranging from 1 to 100 credits per hand, or 5 to 30 credits per hand in the multi-hand editions. The result is a mouth-watering top award of 800 times the total bet.
”¡ Going For Fours Poker: Three-of-a-kind is great, but poker players live for the four-of-a-kind. Quads, as they’re affectionately called, are the name of the game, especially here. This fast-paced game gives players a second chance to fill out a three-of-a-kind with a quad or full house. And because the second chance is a buy-in, the paytable remains the same.
”¡ Five Aces Poker: If players love four-of-a-kinds, then they’re delirious over four aces. This game takes that love affair to another level with the addition of a fifth ace to the 52-card deck. The result is more chances for the four aces, four aces with that juicy kicker and a big payoff for all five aces. The action gets really feverish when the game is played on triple-, five- or 10-play machines.
”¡ Pick-a-Pair Poker: This stud-like game is a delightful respite from regular five-card draw. Players are dealt two cards face up plus two piles of three cards each with the top card in each pile facing up. When the player selects one of the two piles, all of the cards in that pile are added to his original two cards to form a five-card hand. The player is then paid on a pair of 9s or better. The player can wager up to 100 credits for the single-hand game or up to 30 credits for the multi-hand games.
”¡ Bonus Hand Triple Play Poker: A bonus hand can sweeten any pot, especially when it shows up in a video poker game. When a player is dealt a full house, flush, straight, three-of-a-kind or two pair, the player receives one free hand for each hand played. The free hands — up to a maximum of six — are played during the next game, along with the regular hands for that game. To liven things up, a free hand can also initiate additional free hands. Any remaining free hands carry forward until all free hands have been played, up to a maximum of 100 free hands.
”¡ Multi-hand Double Down Stud: Double Down Stud has been a perennial favorite, especially the progressive versions whose jackpots often reach into the $7,000 to $10,000 range on quarter machines. Now the numbers can really kick up a notch with the multi-hand version just released by IGT. Game play starts with a four-card hand. The player can either complete the hand by drawing a fifth card, or if the first four have potential to form a winning combination, the player can double the wager before revealing the final card. The jackpots can really soar by multiples of three, five and 10 in the multi-hand versions.