A Playtech Online Video Poker Game With A Difference


Usually in online video poker games, you are first dealt five cards. You can ask to replace as many of these as you want. Your final hand is compared against the payout table. The variants in online video poker are mainly created by using different payout tables and by introducing wild cards. The game play remains the same. In this respect Pick ‘em Poker from the leading online casino software provider is refreshingly different. The choices are simpler but the strategy is more complex.

Playtech Pick ‘em Poker is played as follows. The game is played with a single standard deck. You make a bet as usual. You will be dealt two cards face up. You will also be dealt two stacks of three cards each. Only the top card of these stacks will be face up. You have to choose one of the two stacks. The three cards in the chosen stack and the two single cards dealt will make your five card hand. The choice is made on the basis of which top card of the two stacks will give a better chance of getting a higher poker hand with the two single cards.

The Playtech Pick ‘em Poker payout table is slightly different from the normal online video poker variants. Because of the greater uncertainty involved it begins with nines or better. The payouts for a wager of five coins are as follows. Nines or better pays 2 to 1. Then the usual increasing order of poker hand rankings follow. Four of a kind pays 120 to 1. Straight flush pays at 239.8 to 1. This odd figure comes from a payout of 1199 coins for 5 coins wagered. Royal flush pays at 1200 to 1. If you wager less than 5 coins then the top three payout ratios are lower. Four of a kind pays 100 to 1. Straight flush pays at 200 to 1. Royal flush pays at 1000 to 1.

Playtech Pick ‘em Poker can also be played in multi-hand format. You can select from 1, 4, 10, 25, 50 and 100 hands. The bet limits decrease as you play a higher number of hands. In these games the two single cards and the face up card in the chosen set of three will be the same for all hands. Only the two hidden cards will be different in each hand. This video poker variant is live at all Playtech online casinos such as Omni Casino and Mansion Casino.