Perhaps, such types of video poker as Bonus Poker and Jacks or Better compete for the right to be called the most popular, demanded and widespread game in casinos. These kinds of video poker are preferred not only by experienced players, but also by green beginners.
But what should be preferred, which game will be more profitable for the player and which version definitely deserves your attention?
So, the game here is conducted according to the classical rules, for this one deck devoid of jokers is used. The player is given 5 cards and, if necessary, he can exchange any number absolutely free of charge and receive a win for this combination.
Bonus Poker and Jacks or Better differ, first of all, according to the paytable, but the differences are not as significant as it might seem at first glance. The smallest paid combination is a pair of jacks, the most expensive combination is a royal flush.
The key difference is that in the Jacks or Better variant, the combination of four pays with the same odds, which reaches 25 to 1. In the Bonus Poker variant, this combination has 3 variants with different pay ratios. So, for quads of fives-kings, the player gets a payoff of 25 to 1, for quads of twos-fours, the player will receive a payment of 40 to 1, and for quads of aces, the payment is the largest – 80 to 1.
Thus, in “Bonus poker”, inflated payments for four of a kind, which are made up of triples, twos, fours or aces, provide players with serious advantages, therefore, from this point of view, “Bonus poker” is much more profitable.
About Theoretical Return
After reading the previous paragraph, the reader might think that Bonus Poker will be many times more profitable than Jacks or Better. But in reality, everything is not so simple, since the casino, by offering more favorable conditions to the players, reduces its mathematical advantage, which, of course, cannot be done. To return it, the gambling establishment lowers the odds for other combinations. In the case of Bonus Poker, the payouts for the flush and full house suffer.
Surely you know that Jacks or Better exists in several varieties and the most profitable one is called 9/6 Jacks or Better. These numbers indicate that a full house is paid with a coefficient of 9 to 1, but a flush combination will be paid at a coefficient of 6 to 1. In “Bonus Poker” these combinations are slightly reduced and reach the marks, respectively, 8 to 1 and 5 to 1. Thus, the most profitable variation of this video poker is called 8/5 Bonus Poker.
The theoretical return rate in the 9/6 Jacks or Better game reaches 99.54% (assuming an error-free game according to the basic strategy), while in the 8/5 Bonus Poker game the indicator is lowered and reaches 99.17%. Whether the increased payments for individual combinations are worth it is up to the player to decide.