Aces and Faces Video Poker
Aces and Faces is one of many versions of Video Poker and online video poker. This game uses a 52-card deck that is shuffled after each hand is played. There are no wild cards in this game but certain normal cards will give out higher payouts than in other video poker machines. This is why the game is called Aces and Faces, the four-of-a-kind of Aces, Kings, Queens and Jacks are going to give out bigger jackpots.
The game has the same rules as Jacks or Better video poker, but the paytable changes. The best paying hand after the Royal Flush is a four-of-a-kind of Aces and not a straight flush. Also, having a four-of-a-kind with a face value card (Jack, Queen or King) will pay more than a four-of-a-kind of Tens or less.
Here’s a standard Aces or Faces paytable:
|Poker Hands||Coin 1||Coin 2||Coin 3||Coin 4||Coin 5|
|Four Jacks, Queens, or Kings||40||80||120||160||240|
|Four 2's through 10's||20||40||60||80||100|
|Three of a kind||3||6||9||12||15|
|Jacks or better||1||2||3||4||5|
Although the higher payout for the special four-of-a-kinds may allure you into playing this machine, remember to check if it is a full-pay video poker machine. Most Aces and Faces are short-pay machines. This means that they pay less on lower-ranking hands, which is what you are probably going to hit anyway. A full-pay video poker machine pays 9 coins for a Full House and 6 coins for a Flush on a one-coin bet. This is known as a 9/6 full-pay video poker game. As you may notice on the paytable above, the standard Aces and Faces pays 8/5 for Full Houses and Flushes respectively, making it a short-pay machine.
On the positive side, Aces and Faces machines pay much higher for the special four-of-a-kinds and in some cases for Royal Flushes too. Some machines start with a 500 coin win for a one-coin Royal Flush and the jackpot increases for each extra coin bet until reaching the 4,000 coin Royal Flush win for a 5-coin bet.
As most other video poker machines, there are 25¢, 50¢, $1, $2 and $5 Aces and Faces poker machines. It is important to play 5-coin bet hands to win the top jackpot for a Royal Flush. This means that if you choose a quarter video poker machine, pressing the Max Bet button for the 5-coin bet will equal $2.25 wagered for each hand played.
Basic Tips and Strategy for Aces and Faces
Since the rules are the same as a Jacks or Better machine, you should follow the basics of video poker:
- Never discard a winning hand unless you have 4 cards to a straight flush or a Royal Flush
- Never hold a kicker card if you have a low-pair on the initial draw. Just hold the low pair.
- Hold an incomplete inside straight (for example 8,9,J,Q) only if at least two cards are high cards (J,Q,K or A)
- If you get 3 high cards, keep them all unless you have two of the same suit, thus discarding the outsider high card.
- Draw 5 new cards only if you have no 3 cards to a flush, straight or straight flush and no high card.
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