As the number one Angola online casino we pride ourselves on offering the best selection of games. An integral part of our gambling menu is video poker, a genre that has a wide selection of variants – all of which are available in the single and multi-hand modes.
For those of you who are not familiar with multi-hand video poker, it is exactly the same game, with one major exception – you can choose to play 3, 10 or 52 hands simultaneously.
The question is are there any material benefits for playing more than one hand at a time? In other words, can you win more money more frequently when you play 10-hand Jacks or Better, Aces or Eights or Sevens Wild over the single-hand version?
Before we get into the more complex stuff like odds, probability, paytables and average return to player let’s take a look at the mechanics of the game – or in layman’s terms, how to play multi-hand video poker!
How to Play Multi-Hand Video Poker at Springbok Angola Online Casino
Despite the fact that there are now several five-card hands packed into the gaming interface, the key components like the paytable and coin values are still part of the equation. So too are the Bet One, Deal and Bet Max buttons.
What that tells us is you bet as you would normally do by choosing a suitable coin denomination and the number of coins you want to wager per round.
At this point it is worth mentioning that in conventional single-hand video poker the maximum number of coins you can bet is five. Extrapolate that across 3, 10 or 52 hands and your wager automatically increases to 15, 50 and 260 coins respectively.
Once you have placed your bet and hit the Deal button, you will have the opportunity to hold the cards you think have the best chance of creating a paying poker hand.
The machine will replicate your choice across all the hands, automatically complete each hand with fresh cards and pay out winning combinations according to the paytable. It really is as easy as that to bet, hold and hopefully win at the best Angola online casino!
Do the Odds Change in Multi-Hand Video Poker?
Now to the odds… which is really another term for the probability that you will win or lose ZAR playing video poker. One of the most common misconceptions about the multi-hand mode is that it increases your chances of winning. In other words, the odds of a payout are greater.
In reality the odds are exactly the same whether you choose to play 1, 3, 10 or 52 hands. Provided the paytable is standard across all the formats the mathematical probability of winning does not change.
How About the Payouts?
We have looked at the odds, now how about the payouts? Are they the same for all formats of the game? At some casinos the multi-hand paytables are not as substantial as those for the single-hand games.
At Springbok Angola Online Casino however the paytables are virtually identical. Where there are minute discrepancies, it is the single-hand games that pay out marginally less.
In Jacks or Better for instance a full house pays 30 x in the single hand mode compared to 40 x in the multi-hand games. Similarly, the standard four of a kind in Aces and Eights pays 20 x compared to 25 x. In reality the discrepancies are negligible… if at all!
What that means is the average return to player (RTP) remains unchanged across both versions of the game. In essence the game pays out the same percentage of all the bets to all the players over time regardless of the game format.
It’s All About the Variance
If that is the case, what is the point of playing multi-hand ‘anything’ at Springbok Angola Online Casino? Well in one word it is the ‘variance’.
When you play your favourite video poker games in the 3, 10 or 52-hand mode you can win a lot of money on a good hand and lose a small fortune on a bad hand. In other words, the variance or volatility attributed to the game is high - and that means more protracted winning and losing streaks.
Whether that is a good or bad thing is really based on your appetite for risk. If you are the kind of player who likes to play high stakes games and go for the progressive jackpots at Springbok Angola online casino, then video poker in the multi-hand format is for you.
Having said that, there is nothing stopping you from playing multiple hands on the lowest available coin denomination. That way you can wager the equivalent of what you would normally bet on the single hand version.
By applying a more cautious betting strategy you will lower the risk, ensure your bankroll lasts a lot longer and extend your real money fun time at Springbok Angola Online Casino!
Double or Nothing is Out of the Equation in Multi-Hand Games
The other notable discrepancy relates to the optional Double or Nothing bet. When you play single-hand video poker you can choose to double your money on any win by drawing a higher card than that displayed onscreen.
Time and space constraints dictate that it is simply not possible to offer a side bet on each and every hand when there is more than one in play. Whether that is a negative or positive is entirely up to you! Many players fancy the Double or Nothing bet on wins on a flush and down. Anything above that and the risk is considered too great.
Now that you know the pros and cons of playing multi-hand video poker at the top ranked Angola online casino, it is time to register a Springbok Casino account – and start hunting for that rare and always elusive royal flush!