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Royal Aces Poker

Royal Aces Poker video poker is a 5 coin game that players can win up to 4000 coins. The 4000 coin jackpot is triggered when you make either a royal flush or 4 aces.

The game also pays off on traditional poker hands with higher payouts for hands with 4 of a kind.

How to Play Royal Aces Bonus Poker Video Poker

As with most video poker games, Royal aces Bonus Poker video poker is based on 5 card draw poker. The game deals you 5 cards and you must decide which to keep and which to discard in order to make the best hand. Except for the few cases that we will explain later in this article, the ranking of the hands are essentially the same as a standard poker hand.

In this game, aces can be high or low. The goal is to get 4 of them for the big payout. However, getting quads or 4 of a kind, is to your benefit.

Also, unless you have a pair of aces, single pairs are useless as a final hand, they can be great as a starting point to get your quads, however.

While the standards poker hand ranking technically do apply to Royal Aces Bonus Poker video poker, looking at it from a payout standpoint (which we will go over in our odds and pay tables section) the following ranking should be used as a best to worse scenario:

  • 4 Aces: All four aces in the deck.
  • Royal Flush: ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 all of the same suit
  • Straight Flush: 5 cards in consecutive order all of the same suit. For example 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 all of clubs
  • 4 of a Kind (2s, 3s, or 4s): 4 matching rank cards of either 2s, 3s, or 4s.
  • 4 of a Kind (5s through Kings): 4 matching rank cards of 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, 10s, Jacks, Queens or Kings
  • Full House: 2 cards of matching rank along with 3 matching cards of a different match rank. For example 2 9s and 3 Jacks.
  • Flush: 5 cards of any rank with a matching suit.
  • Straight: 5 cards in consecutive order with different suits, i.e. 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 with mixed suits.
  • 3 of a Kind: 3 cards of the same rank. For example: 3 9s.
  • 2 Pair: a set of 2 cards of matching rank along with a second set of 2 cards with a different matching rank. For example 2 3s and 2 Queens.
  • 1 Pair: In this game, the only pair that wins is a pair of aces.

And while it’s a separate game, the game play works the same as Super Aces Bonus Poker video poker. The differences between the 2 games lie in the fact that Royal aces Bonus Poker video poker has higher payouts.

Both International Gaming Technologies (IGT) and Action Gaming offer Royal Aces Bonus Poker video Poker games. Some sites offer it as part of a progressive jackpot (which is won only on Royal Flushes, despite the quad aces bonus).

A progressive jackpot, for those who are new to the game, is a jackpot that is networked with other sites and casinos. It may include both brick and mortar as well as online games. The progressive jackpot only comes into play when you place the maximum bet of 5 coins and get a Royal Flush.

Both IGT and Action Gaming allow you to play 50 or 100 hands at one time. When a game offers these options, 1 hand is dealt. When you discard and receive new cards, each of the 50 or 100 hands will get different replacement cards.

The multiple play feature can be overwhelming for novice players. If you are new to these types of games, it’s recommended that you learn some advanced strategies before playing these types of games.

Royal Aces Bonus Poker Odds and Pay Tables

Depending on the version of Royal aces Bonus Poker video poker you are playing and the video poker site you are playing on, the return on your bets could be as high as 99.2%.

Here is a list of common variations and their expected return rates:

  • 10-5 Royal Aces Bonus Poker 99.2%
  • 9-5 Royal Aces Bonus Poker 98.1%
  • 8-5 Royal Aces Bonus Poker 97.05%
  • 7-5 Royal Aces Bonus Poker 95.99%
  • 6-5 Royal Aces Bonus Poker 94.93%

The information above was culled from Michael Shackleford’s Wizard of Odds site, which is a great resource for poker odds and return rates. His site is an encyclopedia of this type of information.

From the variations listed above, the most common of the 5 is the 9-5 Royal Aces Bonus Poker version. Here is the pay table for 9-5 Royal Aces Bonus Poker Video poker:

1 Coin Play2 Coin Play3 Coin Play 4 Coin Play5 Coin Play
Royal Flush25050075010004000
Straight Flush100200300400500
4 Aces8001600240032004000
4 of a Kind (2s, 3s or 4s)80160240320400
4 of a Kind (5s through Ks)50100150200250
Full House918273645
Flush510152025
Straight48121620
3 of a Kind3691215
2 Pair12345
Pair of Aces12345

This list now shows you why in that last section we ranked the winning hands as we did as the best pay offs come from having 4 aces then a royal flush, where in normal poker, 4 of a kind would rank 2 levels below a Royal Flush.

Royal Aces Bonus Poker Strategies and Tactics

If you are more accustomed to “traditional” poker strategies and try to employ them in Royal Aces Bonus Poker, you may find yourself substantially lighter in the wallet when leaving the game than when you started. Royal Aces has specific techniques that you should start to employ from the get-go to minimize any losses that you may incur. Keep in mind that while the big 4000 coin payout is enticing, statistically 70% of your hands will not make you money, and that can increase if you don’t carefully craft your strategies and tactics.

One of the first strategies we can recommend is if you get a pair of aces and can make a straight flush by discarding the ace, don’t do it. Go for the 4 aces. A straight flush will pay off 8 times less than 4 aces on all levels of play. If you can make a royal flush, the call is yours on a 5 coin bet, but if you bet less than 5 coins, go for the quad aces.

In cases where you have a pair of anything other than an ace, for example a pair of 3s, it’s best to shoot for a 4 of a kind. Since pairs have no payoff value by themselves, you really have nothing to lose. An exception would be if you only needs one card for a royal flush or straight flush and had a pair, it would be a wise choice to break up the pair and go for the royal flush or straight flush as those will pay out more than the 2 4 of a kind payouts.

If you have a full house and 2 or 3 of the cards are aces, try for the 4th ace as the payout is a little less than 90 times more. If you have a full house and you don’t have aces, try for the quad. The lower ranked cards pay out almost 9 times more and the higher ranked cards pay out almost 6 times more than a full house.

As a rule of thumb, or as a beginner’s strategy, the best payouts are for 4 aces and 4 of a kind, so when in doubt, go for the quad.

Conclusion

Royal Aces Bonus Poker video poker is the definition the adage “the bigger the risk, the greater the reward”. You can walk away a winner with 45 coins for a full house or make 90 times the winnings for drawing the 4th ace.

Learn the strategies and tactics of the game. Learn the variations and the odds. Once you feel comfortable, try playing on a site that offers free play. While it may differ from a real money game, it can give you the feel of the game. It will also allow you to test the strategies and see what works best for you. After you have mastered the free play, they try your hand at a real money video poker site.