Video Poker Live

Video Poker Live

RTP: 97.96% - 99.54%
Max win: 800x
Provider: Evolution
Release year: 2023
1.0/5
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Video Poker Live mirrors the classic Video Poker experience, but is played live over a video stream with other players and a dealer instead of a virtual interface. It features five types of Video Pokers that players can choose from and offers a maximum payout of 800 times the bet amount.

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Video Poker Live By Evolution Review

Quick Facts

  • RTP: 97.96% – 99.54%
  • Maximum win: 800x
  • Time per round: 60 seconds
  • Betting range: ₹10 – ₹500
  • Release date: August 2023
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The Game in Short

Video Poker Live plays just like normal Video Poker where the goal is to make the best 5-card poker hand in order to get paid more. From a deck of 52 cards, you are dealt five and then have the option to exchange some or all these cards once in order to improve your hand ranking.  

The game features the following five variations of Video Poker which you can switch between yourself at any time:

  • Jacks or Better
  • Tens or Better
  • Deuces Wild
  • Bonus Poker
  • Double Double Bonus

Except for Deuces Wild, the only difference between these variations is a slight change in the paytable (the hands you get paid for and how much), as well as the payout percentage (RTP).

With Deuces Wild, all deuces (the 2 of spades, 2 of hearts, 2 of clubs, and 2 of diamonds) will act as wild cards, which means that they can represent any card in the deck. For instance, if your final hand ends up being King, King, 10, 10, 2, the 2 would act as a King and give you a full house instead of a two-pair.

Payouts 

The payouts in Video Poker live range from 1x to 800x. In other words, the least you can get paid for a winning hand is the same amount that you bet, while the maximum is 800 times your chosen stake.

Each of the game’s five Video Poker variations has its own paytable as follows:

Jacks or Better

Hand ResultPayout
Royal Flush800x
Straight Flush50x
Four of a Kind25x
Full House9x
Flush6x
Straight4x
Three of a Kind3x
Two Pairs2x
One Pair (of Jacks or Better)1x

Tens or Better

Hand ResultPayout
Royal Flush800x
Straight Flush50x
Four of a Kind20x
Full House6x
Flush5x
Straight4x
Three of a Kind3x
Two Pairs2x
One Pair (of 10s or Better)1x

Deuces Wild

Hand ResultPayout
Royal Flush (without a deuce)800x
Four Deuces200x
Royal Flush (with a deuce)25x
Five of a Kind15x
Straight Flush9x
Four of a Kind4x
Full House4x
Flush3x
Straight2x
Three of a Kind1x

Bonus Poker

Hand ResultPayout
Royal Flush800x
Straight Flush50x
Four Aces80x
Four 2s, 3s or 4s40x
Four of a Kind (any other)25x
Full House8x
Flush5x
Straight4x
Three of a Kind3x
Two Pairs2x
One Pair (Jacks or Better)1x

Bonus Bonus Poker

Hand ResultPayout
Royal Flush800x
Straight Flush50x
Four Aces Along With 2, 3 or 4400x
Four 2s, 3s or 4s Along With A, 2, 3 or 4160x
Four Aces Along With 5 or higher160x
Four 2s, 3s, or 4s Along With 5 or higher80x
Four of a Kind (any other)50x
Full House9x
Flush6x
Straight4x
Three of a Kind3x
Two Pairs1x
One Pair (Jacks or Better)1x

RTP (Payout Percentage)

The RTP in Video Poker Live ranges from 97.96% – 99.54% and varies depending on the type of Video Poker you decide to play. Here’s a full breakdown of the RTP of the five different variations:

  • Jacks or Better: 99.54%
  • Bonus Poker: 99.17%
  • Double Double Bonus: 98.98%
  • Deuces Wild: 98.91%
  • Tens or Better: 97.96%

Video Poker in general is known for its very high RTP and Video Poker Live is no exception to the rule. While most casino games offer an RTP of around 96%, this live game shines with a payout percentage of up to 99.54%. This is about as good as it gets and is only beaten by a few games, such as All Aces Poker, which is a virtual Video Poker Game with an RTP of 99.91%.

With that said, you must know that the RTP in Video Poker Live is not fixed but varies depending on the decisions you make in the game, similar to Blackjack. In order to always play with the maximum RTP, you would have to use a strategy that tells you the right decisions to make (I have listed this here).

Fun Factor 

evolution video poker live gameplay

In terms of entertainment, I find Video Poker Live to be an extremely boring game. In my opinion, it adds nothing to the traditional Video Poker experience but to me, it’s a downgrade in every regard. I would much rather play any of the virtual variations that are commonly offered by online gambling sites.

With a game round taking a full minute, it is much slower than virtual Video Poker where you can play a hand in a matter of seconds. Video Poker is known for its fast action, but in Video Poker Live it’s a drag.

Sure, you can chat with other players (if anyone bothers to write) and you will get more of a real casino experience since you’re playing with a real dealer. But all the dealers I’ve experienced have rarely said a word so I’m not sure what value this adds. To me, nothing.

On top of this, the maximum bet in Video Poker Live is capped at ₹500 per hand, whereas virtual variations allow you to bet ₹2,500 or even more.

Having played the game for a while, I am not sure why it exists. I certainly like the idea of a live Video Poker game but I do find this to be a missed opportunity from Evolution Gaming who normally creates top live dealer games.

They could have added some interesting bonus features or anything to make the game pop, but no. They just took the traditional game and made it slower with lower bet limits and added a live dealer.

Strategies

For the best chances to make the most money in the game, there are two strategies to keep in mind when playing Video Poker Live. The first one is to only play Jacks or Better and disregard the other versions. This is because Jacks or Better offers the highest possible RTP of 99.54%.

If we compare this to Tens or Better with an RTP of 97.96%, you would be expected to win ₹1.6 more for every ₹100 staked when playing Jacks or Better. While this might seem like a small amount, it adds up in the long run.

Now, in order to play with the highest possible RTP of 99.54%, you would have to make the right decisions in every hand. In other words, hold and exchange the right cards. The game itself will automatically highlight certain cards to be swapped if you don’t make a choice. However, this will not always be the optimal strategy.

The optimal strategy for Video Poker Live’s Jacks or Better is to follow the below table. The higher up in the table your starting hand is, this is what you want to keep while the rest of the cards should be discarded.

For instance, if your starting hand is a straight, but this is one card off from a Royal Flush, the best strategy is to take a shot at the Royal Flush even though you already have guaranteed payment from the Straight.

Starting HandCards to Discard
Royal FlushNone
Straight FlushNone
Four of a KindNone
Full HouseNone
4 cards to a Royal Flush1
FlushNone
Three of a Kind2
Straight5
4 to a Straight Flush1
Two Pair1
Pair of Jacks or Better3
3 cards to a Royal Flush2
4 cards to a Flush1
Low Pair (10s or less)3
4 cards to a Straight1
3 cards to a Straight Flush2
2 cards to a Royal Flush3
2 High Cards (Jack, Queen, King or Ace)3
1 High Card (Jack, Queen, King or Ace)4
Nothing5

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