If you want to combine the pick-up-and-play appeal of a conventional jacks or better video poker console with the added thrill of a progressive jackpot prize, Mega Jacks may well be the title for you. A simple single line variant of the game, Mega Jacks sees players attempt to create a five-card poker hand containing at least a pair of jacks after an initial deal and a single re-draw. Naturally, the better the hand they make, the better the payout they’ll receive; but if they’re fortunate enough to land a royal flush while playing at the maximum bet level, they’ll receive the progressive jackpot payout.
For all intents and purposes, Mega Jacks is essentially a conventional jacks or better video poker console. At the start of each deal, players receive five cards and must then select which of them (if any) they wish to hold onto and which of them wish to replace. Once they’re satisfied with their decision, any unwanted cards will be replaced with new ones and a final five-card poker hand will be created. Provided this hand contains a pair of jacks or better, players will receive a payout of some description, with the bigger prizes reserved for less likely hands and a gamble feature enabling them to double their winnings up to 1,000x their stake by picking a higher card than the dealer.
Undoubtedly the simplest of all of Playtech’s video poker consoles, Mega Jacks uses a fixed betting limit of £0.25, with players having to choose the number of coins they wager instead. With one to five coins available, the game can be played from £0.25-£2.50 in total, but if players wish to get their hands on the progressive jackpot prize, they’ll need to select the maximum stake. When they’re ready to begin, players simply need to click “deal” to receive their cards and then select the ones they wish to hold onto. Hitting “deal” again will initiate a second draw, with payouts being calculated based on the best five-card hand players are able to make. Pressing “gamble” will then launch a feature where players can double their win, while clicking “deal” will instead start a new game.
Given Mega Jacks is a single hand game, players need to be quite conservative in terms of their drawing strategy. Generally it is better to hold your higher value cards and aim to make one and two-pair type hands than it is to chase outlandish draws, but the flip side to this is that you will receive a better payout when you actually hit a straight or better. As such, the key lies in finding a risk/reward balance that suits your bankroll, with a bigger bankroll allowing you to make more speculative draws and a smaller one requiring that you mostly play it safe.
The perfect way to blast through a few hands of video poker without breaking the bank, Mega Jacks is an affordable title that can be enjoyed by players on a variety of different budgets. The fact that you can compete for a progressive jackpot prize for as little as £2.50 naturally makes the game very attractive to low stakes players, while the regular payouts on offer are not to be sniffed at either.
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