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Multi-Strike Video Poker

Multi-Strike Poker has been spreading throughout dozens of casinos in the US. The reason is pretty simple; the game is so much fun it turns into an enjoyable obsession. Multi Strike Poker is a variation of the standard draw video poker game. It was developed by IGT (International Game Technology), a major game producer and distributer worldwide.

Multi Strike turns a standard video poker game such as Jacks or Better into a four line game with multipliers. The player bets on four 5-card hands but plays only one at the time. If the player gets a paying hand or receives a Free Ride Card then he can advance to the next hand, until reaching the final fourth hand. As you go up the hand ladder, any win is multiplied by 2, 4 or up to 8 times. That means that if you get a pair on the first hand you will receive a 1:1 payout; but on the final fourth hand a single pair pays 8:1.

The Multi-Strike Poker 4-hand theme is applied to a wide selection of video poker classics:

Multi-Strike Poker can be played on IGT’s Game King Machine. Normally these machines are configured to include all the games mentioned above.

Where to Play Multi-Strike Poker

Multi Strike Video PokerThis game has become so popular land casinos have been adding it at an exponential rate in the US. It is also available in Canada. Here’s only a sample list of casinos and venues that have Multi-Strike in their game list:

How to Play Multi-Strike Poker

Select your favorite video poker game out of the 14 games mentioned above. Each game differs from the next because of its paytable and, in some cases, because of wild cards. Most of the games belong to the “bonus poker” family which is characterized by having bonus payouts for different types of four-of-a-kinds. The Deuces Wild and Joker Poker games contain wild cards (2’s or Jokers) that can be substituted with any other card’s rank and/or suit to create the strongest possible poker hand.

Once you select your favorite game, enter money into the machine and select how many credits to be PER hand. We strongly suggest you play 5 credits per hand (x 4 hands, equals 20 credits per round). Playing 20 credits on a quarter machine equals $5 per each round played. The reason we suggest to play 5 credits is because the Royal Flush on all games has a bonus payout for the Max 5 Coin Bet.

Having placed your bets, press the Deal button to begin the game. The first hand is at the bottom of the machine’s window. 5 cards will be dealt from a shuffled deck and you can decide which cards to hold (if any) and draw a second time to get new cards for the discarded cards. If a winning hand is completed on the first hand then you move on to the second hand. The second hand receives 5 new cards from a separate deck and the same rules apply here as in the first hand. Any wins on this hand will be multiplied by 2x. You will advance to the third hand if you have a winning hand on the second hand. On the third hand all wins are multiplied by 4. To reach the final fourth hand a winning hand must be completed on the third hand. On the final hand wins are multiplied by 8.

There is a bonus feature to the game that allows you to advance to the next hand even if you don’t have a winning hand. A Free Ride Card which appears during the deal guarantees you will advance no matter the outcome of your current hand. The Free Ride Card appears and then disappears so you can continue to play your current hand. It is estimated that the Free Ride card appears:

Let’s look at how each multiplier affects the normal pay table. For sake of brevity we have only posted the pay table of Jacks or Better.

Multi-Strike Jacks or Better
Poker Hands Coin 1 2nd hand (2x) 3rd hand (4x) 4th hand (8x)
Royal Flush 250 500 1000 2000
Straight Flush 50 100 200 400
4 of a Kind 25 50 100 200
Full House 9 18 36 72
Flush 6 12 24 48
Straight 4 8 16 32
3 of a Kind 3 6 12 24
Two Pair 2 4 8 16
Jacks or Better 1 2 4 8

There is a special 4,000 coin payout for the Royal Flush on a 5-coin bet. Playing the Max Bets on the final fourth hand can deliver a 32,000 coin jackpot for the Royal Flush.

Tips and Strategy for Multi-Strike Poker

The Multi-Strike Poker games can have the normal optimal strategy applied to them. Read our other articles on each particular poker game for the best strategy to apply when you play.