What Variant Of PA Online Video Poker Should I Play?

Martin Derbyshire September 20, 2018
video poker machines in a casino

When online casino sites ultimately launch in Pennsylvania there’s no doubt video poker will be a part of the mix.

Because it’s fun and easy to learn and play, video poker has grown into one of the most popular games in any casino, online or off. It also offers players one of the best chances to beat the house.

There’s still a house edge, but it’s a lot smaller on video poker than a lot of games. In fact, many video poker games hold some of the best return to player (RTP) rates around.

Since they’re all computerized, online casino sites run many of the same video poker games you find among the slots in brick and mortar casinos.

When online casino sites do launch in PA you’ll likely find at least the following popular video poker titles available:

  • Jacks Or Better
  • Double Double Bonus Poker
  • Three-Play
  • Five-Play
  • Bonus Poker
  • Deuces Wild

Online casinos publish the payout rates and pay tables for all the online video poker games they offer. These clearly outline that not all video poker games are built the same. In fact, some are better for players than others.

Based on data from online casinos in neighboring New Jersey, here’s a list of video poker variants you might want to try first, should they launch on PA online casinos in the near future:

Game King Triple Play and Five Play Deuces Wild

The Game King Triple Play and Five Play Deuces Wild games have the highest RTP rates of any video poker games in the New Jersey online casino market. The RTP on these two Deuces Wild games sits at 99.73 percent. There isn’t a lower video poker house edge in the business.

Plus, playing multiple poker hands with wild cards is just plain fun.

Game King Jacks or Better

Sticking with the theme that a higher RTP makes for a better video poker game lands you on the Game King Jacks or Better games. In fact, Game King Jacks or Better has a 99.54 percent RTP, which is as close to the Triple Play and Five Play Deuces Wild games as you’ll find.

Perhaps even more enticing is the fact that Game King Jacks or Better offers a very traditional video poker experience with straightforward gameplay that rewards sound strategy. A single draw to make jacks or better is video poker in its purest form. Plus, chasing the elusive Royal Flush without wild cards is what all video poker is really about.

Game King Double Double Bonus Poker

If you’re starting to get the feeling that Game King reigns over the video poker kingdom, go with it. The Game King Double Double Bonus Poker game is next on this list because it has the next highest RTP at 99.51 percent. Plus, Game King Double Double Bonus Poker offers big rewards when you make big hands.

Make four-of-a-kind or that elusive Royal Flush on Game King Double Double Bonus Poker and you’ll be celebrating a big payday with this game.

Deuces Wild Elite

Game King can’t take up every spot on this list and it doesn’t with developer Spin Games’ Deuces Wild Elite chiming in here.

Improved graphics make the game attractive, but it’s the pretty looking 99.45 percent RTP that should really keep players coming back to Deuces Wild Elite.

Despite the ‘Elite” title, this is still essentially Deuces Wild, but high-paying combination sequences help take it to that elite level. Additional bonuses and the opportunity to gamble on more than just a single draw make Deuces Wild Elite worth a spin.

Aces and Faces

No list of online video poker titles worth trying would be complete without an ode to developer Playtech’s Aces and Faces.

The game features a respectable 99.26 percent RTP. Plus, there’s the chance to collect on some pretty hefty bonuses if you can make four-of-a-kind with the aces or the faces.

The payouts may be smaller on pairs, but the solid RTP should keep you in the game as you chase the big payday. The graphics and sound effects on Aces and Faces can be fun as well.

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