How Online Spin Poker Combines Video Poker & Slots

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Online Spin Poker provides a kind of hybrid gambling experience that you rarely get in the world of online casino gambling. It plays like video poker, in that you’ll be trying to make the best possible hand out of a five-card deal and subsequent draw. But you can also bet on different combinations of lines on the screen as if you were playing a multiline slot machine.

For the past several weeks, we’ve been trying to help people better understand the world of online gambling. After all, with many casinos closed and sports shuttered, traditional gambling options have been limited. Even not as some casinos are opening back up and sports are slowly getting off the ground, you might still feel more comfortable with online gambling.

Two of the games we’ve been highlighting throughout this period have been video poker and slot machines. These are among the most popular of all online gambling games because of how well they translate from casino to online play.

You’re not really missing out when you play online versions of these games. And you get the convenience of doing so at your leisure in a comfortable, hassle-free environment.

Online Spin Poker Combines Elements of Both

Online Spin Poker does just that. It captures the game play element of video poker and the betting strategies of multiline video poker.

In many ways, the game play of online Spin Poker resembles what you could expect from triple play draw video poker. You’ll get a single deal of five cards and you’ll get to make choices about what to hold and what to discard. Cards will be drawn then for three separate hands based on those decisions.

The slot machine part of online Spin Poker comes from your options in betting the hand. You can bet three, five, or nine different “lines” at once, almost as if you were playing a multiline slot machine. These lines come from different configurations and patterns on the screen, not just the typical straight horizontal line.

What this does is it gives you the opportunity to benefit from an excellent deal and draw in more ways than if you were playing normal multiple play video poker. It also means that you can win a lot of money in a hurry. Online Spin Poker is definitely a game for the thrill-seekers out there.

The drawback is that the more lines you bet, the more you’ll have at stake. If you should come up empty on a round of online Spin Poker, your bankroll could take a serious drop. Get a couple of empty rounds and you could really be hurting.

In the following article, we’ll explore how online Spin Poker combines video poker and slot machines. We’ll talk about how the different elements come together. And we’ll take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of this unique game that could add some serious excitement to your online gambling action.

The Video Poker Part of Online Spin Poker

In many ways, your actions when playing online Spin Poker will be similar to what you could expect if you were playing three hands at once in typical multiple play action. There is one difference in that you’ll only be drawing from a single deck instead of multiple ones.

For now, we won’t worry about the betting aspect of the game, which is where the slot machine resemblance comes in to play. Let’s just look at how a sample hand works in terms of the choices that you have to make.

When you play online Spin Poker, even though you’ll be seeing three different five-card lines on the screen, you’ll only be receiving one deal. The decisions that you make for that deal will then govern all three lines on the screen.

As an example, imagine that you receive the following five-card deal, and that you’re playing with a common Jacks or Better pay table:

Middle Reel:

  • Four of Hearts
  • Five of Hearts
  • Seven of Hearts
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Queen of Spades

We’re calling this the middle reel because the screen will resemble a multiline slot with three different reels. The middle reel will be where your deal is displayed, and then the top and the bottom reel will be filled in as you make your decisions and experience the draw.

You have an interesting choice to make in terms of what to hold and discard from this deal. Let’s take a look at your best potential options:

  • Option 1: Hold the pair of queens and discard everything else. The best part of this option is that a pair of queens will ensure that you’ll get back the amount that you bet at the very least. And you could certainly improve that on the draw, with possibilities including a two pair, three of a kind, a full house or four of a kind.
  • Option 2: Hold the four hearts and discard the queen of spades. Choosing this option gives you a chance of drawing one more heart and ending up with a flush. You’d have a little less than one in five chance in doing so, based on the 9 hearts left in the 47 cards remaining in the deck.
  • Option 3: Hold the four, five and seven of hearts and discard the two queens. The lure of this option would be the outside possibility that, with a lucky two-card draw, you could end up with a royal flush. In both this option and option 2, however, you’d be giving up a winning combination with no guarantee that you’ll end up with one after the draw.

As you can see, there are different risks and rewards involved here. It’s a pretty good deal, though, so you can go into the draw feeling pretty confident.

How the Draw Works

In typical multiple play video poker, you would make your decisions about what to hold and discard from a single deal. The draws would then take place from three separate decks, each containing the same 47 cards, but all shuffled by the software inside the game differently. That means you could conceivably end up drawing the same card in multiple hands.

In online Spin Poker, the process is the same with one exception: only one deck is used for all three draws. A single deck of 47 cards (the standard 52 minus the 5 you received on the deal) will be shuffled after you make the deal. Once you hit the draw button, the top cards in the deck will fill in the different open spaces left by your discards starting with the top reel on down.

As a result, you won’t draw the same card into different hands. This quirk in online Spin Poker shouldn’t have any effect on your strategy. You should play the game as if you were playing multiple play, which means that you should concentrate on what you would do on that single deal.

Let’s go back to our example hand and play it out. Imagine that you’ve decided to choose option #1 and hold the pair of queens. As you press or click on the icons on the screen to hold these cards, you’ll see that they show up in all three reels in the spot they were dealt.

Now let’s see how the draw might play out:

Top Reel:

  • Queen of Diamonds
  • Five of Diamonds
  • Nine of Spades
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Queen of Spades
Middle Reel:

  • Nine of Hearts
  • Nine of Diamonds
  • Ace of Spades
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Queen of Spades
Bottom Reel:

  • Nine of Clubs
  • King of Hearts
  • King of Clubs
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Queen of Spades

You can probably tell that your draws went pretty well, at least in terms of multiple play action. Both the middle and bottom reel have improved to better winning hands.

But what happens when we factor in the multiline action of online Spin Poker? Let’s take a look and see.

The Slot Machine Part of Online Spin Poker

Making Your Bets

We’ve shown you how to play a hand of online Spin Poker in terms of the decisions you have to make about what to hold and discard. But before you do that, you have to decide what size bet you make. The more that you bet, the more possible lines you open up, meaning more opportunities to win.

You have the option of betting on three, five or nine lines of online Spin Poker. We’ll explain in a moment how you get nine lines out of three lines on the screen. But, for now, let’s talk about what those bets mean for your budget.

If you’ve been following along with our video poker articles the past few weeks, you probably know that it’s advised that you bet five credits, also known as the max bet, per hand. Doing so ensures you get the highest possible payback for a royal flush (800 to 1 for five coins bet, compared to 250 to 1 for one to four coins bet.)

Assuming that you follow that advice, here is what that would mean in terms of online Spin Poker:

  • 3 lines = 15 credits
  • 5 lines = 25 credits
  • 9 lines = 45 credits

Depending on what denomination you’re playing, those bets can be pretty pricey. For example, even if you were only playing a dime game, a 45-credit bet would cost you $4.50.

But, as you’ll see as we discuss how all this works, you’ll also have more chances to win with the increased size of your bet. You’ll have to decide how much risk you want to take on playing online Spin Poker, knowing that more risk also means more reward.

Multiline Action

This is the part where you’ll really start to notice that online Spin Poker will really start to resemble real money slot games. You’ll know if you’ve ever played multiline slots that you can win when the right symbols come up across the screen not just horizontally, but also in all kinds of zig-zag patterns up and down and back and forth.

Online Spin Poker works much the same way. First of all, let’s go back to our sample hand to use as an example. You’ll remember that you ended up with the following:

Top Reel:

  • Queen of Diamonds
  • Five of Diamonds
  • Nine of Spades
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Queen of Spades
Middle Reel:

  • Nine of Hearts
  • Nine of Diamonds
  • Ace of Spades
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Queen of Spades
Bottom Reel:

  • Nine of Clubs
  • King of Hearts
  • King of Clubs
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Queen of Spades

Now let’s look at your options.

If you stick with a three-line bet, you’d be playing just the horizontal lines:

  1. Top Row
  2. Middle Row
  3. Bottom Row

In this case, you’d end up with the following hands, with the payback included for a five-coin wager:

  • Top Reel: Three of a Kind = 15 coins
  • Middle Reel: Two Pair = 10 coins
  • Bottom Reel: Two Pair = 10 coins

Now let’s move on to the five-line version of the game.

With this version, you start to get into lines that move diagonally across the screen:

  • Upward “V”
  • Downward “V”

With these lines, you have to look at how the lines are configured on the screen. For instance, with the upward “v”, you’d start at the bottom left with the nine of clubs, move diagonally up to the center of the top line with the nine of spades, and then move back downward diagonally to the bottom right and the queen of spades.

The downward “v” is the inverse of that, starting at the top left, moving to the bottom center, and then returning to the top right.

Here are the hands that you form in these configurations:

Upward V:

  • Nine of Clubs
  • Nine of Diamonds
  • Nine of Spades
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Queen of Spades
Downward V:

  • Queen of Diamonds
  • Nine of Diamonds
  • King of Clubs
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Queen of Spades

You can see that you’ve come up with better hands overall here than you did with the horizontal lines:

  • Upward V: Full House = 45 coins
  • Downward V: Three of a Kind = 15 coins

Now let’s see what happens when we bring lines six through nine into play. Here is the way that they look like:

  • First and Second Card in Row 1, Middle Card in Row 2, Fourth and Fifth Card in Row 3
  • First and Second Card in Row 3, Middle Card in Row 2, Fourth and Fifth Card in Row 1
  • First, Third and Fifth Card in Row 2, Second Card in Row 1, Fourth Card in Row 3
  • First, Third and Fifth Card in Row 2, Second Card in Row 3, Fourth Card in Row 1

If you could visualize these lines, you’d understand how they move in a kind of jagged pattern from left to right. Again, if you’ve played multiline slots, you’ll be familiar with this format.

Let’s take a look at what kind of hands we form when we apply these patterns to our sample hand of online Spin Poker:

  • Queen of Diamonds, Five of Diamonds, Ace of Spades, Queen of Hearts, Queen of Spades
  • Nine of Clubs, King of Hearts, Ace of Spades, Queen of Hearts, Queen of Spades
  • Nine of Hearts, Five of Diamonds, Ace of Spades, Queen of Hearts, Queen of Spades
  • Nine of Hearts, King of Hearts, Ace of Spades, Queen of Hearts, Queen of Spades

More winning hands here. As a matter of fact, because of the pair of queens sitting at the end of the row, you ended up with nine-for-nine winning hands. Let’s sum it all up:

  1. Top Row: Three of a Kind = 15 coins
  2. Middle Row: Two Pair = 10 coins
  3. Bottom Row: Two Pair = 10 coins
  4. Upward “V”: Full House = 45 coins
  5. Downward “V”: Three of a Kind = 15 coins
  6. First and Second Card in Row 1, Middle Card in Row 2, Fourth and Fifth Card in Row 3: Three of a Kind = 15 coins
  7. First and Second Card in Row 3, Middle Card in Row 2, Fourth and Fifth Card in Row 1: Pair of Queens = 5 coins
  8. First, Third and Fifth Card in Row 2, Second Card in Row 1, Fourth Card in Row 3: Pair of Queens = 5 coins
  9. First, Third and Fifth Card in Row 2, Second Card in Row 3, Fourth Card in Row 1: Pair of Queens = 5 coins

Adding all of that up, you’re looking at an impressive 125 coins return in one fell swoop. Minus the 45-coin wager, you’d be looking at a profit of 80 coins.

What makes that even more notable is the fact that you managed this with nothing more than a full house. Normally, to reap that kind of profit playing single-hand video poker, you’d need to achieve an extremely rare hand such as four of a kind, straight flush, or royal flush.

This might seem like a lot to understand, especially if you’re relatively new to the world of video poker. But in truth, all you have to do is decide what to bet and then play the deal as if you were playing one hand. The rest will fall into place.

A good deal in online Spin Poker will pay off heartily. But what happens when you don’t come up with winning combinations in a specific round. We’ll talk more about that as we look at some advantages and disadvantages for this unique game.

Advantages of Online Spin Poker

Big Payback Potential

As the example above shows, you can do more damage with a round of online Spin Poker than you ever could playing single-line. This factor is really amplified when you have a winning combination like the one above. In the case of our example, the fact that the pair of queens were situated at the end of each reel really helped, as it ensured that every possible hand would be a winning one.

Note that you were able to score big on that example with just one full house and then a bunch of more common winning hands. Imagine what you could do with a high-paying hand involved somewhere in the mix. In fact, imagine what would happen if you were dealt a high-paying hand like four of a kind, straight flush, or royal flush: you’d be winning nine times your initial amount if you bet the maximum amount.

Many casual gamblers like the idea of winning a lot in a short period of time. As a result, they choose games that give them that potential. Online Spin Poker does just that.

Easy Strategy

As we said above, online Spin Poker can seem like a lot to the uninitiated. But when you break it down, you’re really doing nothing different than you would playing a single hand. And your strategy doesn’t have to change either.

There’s really no way to account for the way that certain of the diagonal patterns will turn out. If you try to strategize for that, you’re only likely to mess things up. You’re better off just keeping things simple and playing as if you had one hand in front of you.

The rest takes care of itself. Many video poker games with special features force you to think of the game a bit differently. Online Spin Poker isn’t one of them, which makes it an easy game even for beginners who want to try something different than basic Jacks or Better.

Flexibility With Pay Tables

Most video poker online games force you to play with a predetermined pay table. But online Spin Poker is more like a format than a specific game. As a result, it gives you the opportunity to switch up the pay tables based on your style of play.

For Example:

If you like things straightforward, you can stick with Jacks or Better, which is the easiest to understand of all pay tables. If you’re looking for a little spice, you can try the so-called Bonus pay tables. These pay back much more for four of a kind hands than is usually the case.

Basically, you can find the pay table that fits what you’re looking for from the game. Or you can find the pay table for which you already have a good feel in terms of strategy. That makes online Spin Poker a nice option for those who want to play the game their way.

Disadvantages of Online Spin Poker

Expense

For a casual player, the thought of betting 45 coins just to play one round of video poker might seem like too far of a leap to make. Come to think of it, even the other options (three or five lines) can seem overwhelming. This is certainly the case if you’re accustomed to playing one hand at a time.

You could conceivably bet less than the full five coins per hand to try and lessen your betting burden when playing online Spin Poker. But you’d be hurting your overall payback percentage playing in this way. If you do come up with a royal flush, you’ll be short-changed in a damaging way.

A better way to ease the financial burden when playing online Spin Poker is to find the lowest denomination possible. That will depend on the options offered by the betting sites featuring the game. But no matter how you slice it, this is an expensive way to play it.

Volatility

For those who don’t know the term, volatility refers to the way that your bankroll is prone to rising and falling while you play. Online spin poker provides a high-volatility experience. That means that you can expect both giant peaks and deep valleys during an average session.

Such a style of play might not be for everyone. For example, if you’re the type who wants to play video poker for a long time on a short bankroll, online Spin Poker won’t be a good fit. Your risk of losing all the money in your bank account will be much higher with this game than with a standard game like Jacks or Better.

If you want to prevent against this likelihood playing online Spin Poker, you’ll need to beef up your bankroll considerably. That might not be something you’re prepared to do. If not, and you do want a long session, you’re best searching elsewhere for a game.

Less Control

As we said above, there isn’t much you can do to plan for the lines of online Spin Poker that travel in a diagonal fashion. You’ll be at the mercy of the luck of the draw. While that’s technically the case in any video poker game, luck is much more of a factor in online Spin Poker.

One of the reasons that people prefer video poker to slot machines is that they have the ability to make an impact on the hands that play. But online Spin Poker really only gives you that chance on the horizontal lines. Which means that, if you’re playing all nine lines, two-thirds of them will be out of your control.

That might not bother you too much, especially since you still get to make a decision playing this game. But hard-core video poker enthusiasts might bristle at this facet of online Spin Poker. It all depends on your personal preference.

Conclusion

We hope that you have a firmer understanding now on the hybrid game offered by top gambling sites known as Spin Poker. It could be just the tonic for those who love both slot machines and video poker. This game essentially gives you a taste of both in one fascinating package.

Jim Beviglia

Jim Beviglia joined Gamblingsites.org as a staff writer in 2018, parlaying his years of freelance writing into contributions on a number of different topics. He handles the sport of horse racing for GamblingSites.org and the intersection between the worlds of cryptocurrency and online gambling in a weekly blog. For his full-time job, Jim handles the television and track announcing duties at a h ...

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