How To Play Multiple Play Online Video Poker

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Multiple Play Video Poker

Multiple Play online video poker provides the kind of heady excitement that few online gambling games can hope to achieve. You can play anywhere from three to 100 hands of video poker all at once in this format. If you like your online video poker at a fast pace, this is the best way to get that kind of rush.

For the past few weeks, we’ve been giving you all the information you need to know about online video poker. After all, having a great gambling option like video poker is a great boon if you’re an active gambler and are, like so much of the world, stuck in your house under quarantine.

So far, all of the information we’ve provided has been based on playing one hand at a time. It’s possible that style of play suits you just fine.

But if there is a complaint about video poker, it’s that it becomes a bit of a grind for some to play the game. You basically trying to climb up the hill one hand at a time.

There are positives and negatives to that format. On the one hand, playing one hand at a time usually allows you to play for a long time on even a small bankroll. If you want your gambling dollar to go as far as possible, this is a major plus.

The drawback is that single-hand video poker makes it somewhat difficult to create opportunities for quick, significant payback. There are just a few hands, like the royal flush, that offer jackpot-style payback, and they are extremely rare. Adjusting the video poker pay tables can help, but it still hard to get rich quick playing online video poker one hand at a time.

Win More With Multiple Play

Multiple Play Online Video Poker is a remedy for that. These games allow you to play more than one at a time. You can keep it simple with three or even five hands at once, or you can really rev it up and got for 25, 50 or even 100 hands at once.

The cool thing about Multiple Play online video poker is that the actual game play is essentially the same as if you were playing a single hand. You still make your decisions about what to hold and what to discard based on a single deal. Those decisions are then played out for however many hands you’ve chosen to play.

But Multiple Play online video poker also creates more of a strain on your bankroll at the same time as it increases your chances for big win totals. For every hand that you play, you have to make a wager. And that means much more volatility in multiple play than is the case for single-hand action.

In the following article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Multiple Play online video poker. We’ll show you how it is based on single-play, but we’ll also show you how it deviates from that format as well. Finally, we’ll get into the pros and cons so that you can understand if it’s the right style of play for you.

How To Play Multiple-Play Video Poker

If you’re reading this article, we’re going to assume that you know how to play video poker one hand at a time. But the process for Multiple Play online video poker is so similar that you’re likely to learn the single-play option even if you don’t know it already. Let’s take it step by step:

Step 1: Creating A Bankroll

This process is the same no matter which type of video poker you choose. You need a bankroll so you can play for real money. It’s just a matter of choosing a gambling website, funding it via credit card or alternative methods, and then allotting a certain amount for a session of online video poker.

Remember that your bankroll will register on the screen as coins, or credits. These units will be based on the denomination that you’ve chosen to play. For instance, if you’re playing a 25-cent game and win 10 credits, it means you’ve won $2.50 (10 times 25.)

Step 2: Making A Bet

Here is one of the ways in which Multiple Play online video poker differs from single-hand. When you play single-hand video poker, you make just a single bet. But when playing multiple hands at the same time, you have to make bets for each hand.

For each of those hands, you normally get the choice of betting between one and five coins. Some video poker games with special features may include higher betting limits, like ten coins per hand.

No matter what the game is, however, it is always advisable to bet the maximum amount, or Max Bet. Why? Because video poker is set up to reward those who bet the Max Bet with the highest potential payback.

But remember that you have to bet on every hand that you play in Multiple Play online video poker. If you’re betting the Max Bet for every hand, that can get expensive. Take a look at what a five-coin wager on each hand would cost for some of the Multiple Play offerings:

  • 3 hands = 15 coins
  • 5 hands = 25 coins
  • 10 hands = 50 coins
  • 25 hands = 125 coins
  • 50 hands = 250 coins
  • 100 hands = 500 coins

This list demonstrates the financial burden of Multiple Play online video poker. Even at small denominations, the 25, 50 and 100-play games really cost a lot for a single round. The three, five and ten-play options are a bit more modest, but still more burdensome than single-play. O

Of course, the flipside is that you’ll have a chance to win some or all of those hands that you’re playing to make up for that. But Multiple Play online video poker is definitely not for those with a small budget for betting.

Step 3: Playing Multiple Hands

You’ve established your bankroll and made your wager. Now you’re ready to play Multiple Play online video poker.

For the sake of instruction, we’re now going to walk you through what it takes to play three hands at once. Using that example, you can then extrapolate to understand how to play up to 100 hands at once, since the process is the same.

Making Your Decision

You’ll see on the screen the space for three hands of video poker. On the bottom, you’ll receive your deal of five cards.

At that point, you have to make choices about what to hold and discard as is always the case. Imagine that this is the deal you receive:

  • Four of clubs
  • Four of diamonds
  • Five of diamonds
  • Six of diamonds
  • Jack of diamonds

You don’t have any winning combinations in this deal. But you do have several possibilities that could be turned into a winning hand with the right cards on the draw. You just have to choose which one.

For Example:

You could hold onto the pair of fours. You’d be drawing three cards in that example from the deck. And the possibilities you could draw include two pair, three of a kind, a full house or four of a kind.

Another option would be to discard only the four of clubs. That would leave you with four diamonds. Get one more on the draw and you would end up with a flush.

Finally, you could hold onto the four, five and six of diamonds. The big get in that scenario would be if you drew to a straight flush. But you’d also be open to many other winning combinations with the right cards on the draw.

What you have to understand is that you should not change your strategy based on the fact that you’re playing more than one hand. The decision-making in Multiple Play online video poker should be based on the same principles you would use if you were playing this deal as just one hand: What are my chances of attaining a winning hand, and how much do those potential winning hands pay on the pay table I’m playing?

What Happens On The Draw

For the sake of our example, let’s say that you decided to hold the four, five and six of diamonds. What happens now in Multiple Play online video poker, in this case playing three hands at once, is that three different draws will take place.

These draws will come from three separate decks. Each of these decks will contain the same 47 cards: the 52 original cards in a standard deck minus the 5 you were dealt, which have already been used. Keep in the mind that the discarded cards are out of play, meaning that you can’t get them back on the draw.

The three decks will all be shuffled by the random number generator in the game’s software separately. As a result, you can expect the outcome of each draw to be separate.

When you hit the hold buttons for the three cards you’re holding, they will show up in all three lines on the screen in the same position where they were dealt. That’s because they are a part of all three hands once you decide to hold them.

One other note on the draws: Because they are coming from separate decks with the same cards in them, it is possible to have the same card show up in multiple hands. Let’s take a look now at how these hands might play out in this example of Multiple Play online video poker:

Hand 1:

  • Five of clubs
  • Four of diamonds
  • Five of diamonds
  • Six of diamonds
  • Six of spades

Hand 2:

  • Ace of hearts
  • Four of diamonds
  • Five of diamonds
  • Six of diamonds
  • Nine of hearts

Hand 3:

  • Eight of diamonds
  • Four of diamonds
  • Five of diamonds
  • Six of diamonds
  • Ten of diamonds

In Hand 1, you came up with two pair. Hand 3 provided a flush. Only in Hand 2 did you come up empty.

At this point, the round of Multiple Play online video poker is complete. But you still have to add your winnings up.

Let’s assume that you were playing a Jacks or Better full-pay table and were betting the maximum amount of five coins per hand. Here is how it tallies up:

  • Hand 1: two pair = 10 coins
  • Hand 2: nothing = 0 coins
  • Hand 3: flush = 30 coins

Adding that up, you won 40 coins. Your bet meanwhile was 15 coins (5 coins times 3 hands.) As a result, your profit in this round of Multiple Play online video poker is 25 coins.

Pros of Multiple Play Online Video Poker

More Benefit From Good Deal

What this example shows you is that you can really benefit from a good deal when playing Multiple Play online video poker. Instead of having just one hand based on the good deal, you have three. And that factor would be amplified if you were playing even more hands at once.

Chance To Win A Lot Of Money In A Hurry

As we mentioned above, single-hand video poker can really only boost your bankroll significantly if you can pull off a very rare hand like the royal flush. For those who like to go for broke, that might not be enough. But Multiple Play online video poker solves that somewhat, especially if you raise the total number of hands your playing.

Faster Pace

For some people, this might be one of the biggest positives you can reap from Multiple Play online video poker. If you want a lot of action coming at you all at once, you can get it from playing many hands at once and seeing what all those draws have in store for you.

Cons of Multiple Play Online Video Poker

Expensive Way To Play

We’ve already talked about this a bit, but it bears mentioning again. Multiple Play online video poker will put much more of a strain on your betting budget than if you were playing a single hand at a time. And that strain will only rise the more hands you play.

Higher Risk Of Ruin

Risk of ruin refers to the chance that you will lose all of your bankroll while playing in a certain amount of hands. The main problem with a higher risk of ruin is that it might mean that you’ll lose everything before a good streak evens out the luck. If you’re the conservative type when it comes to gambling, the risk of ruin for Multiple Play online video poker might scare you away.

Extreme Volatility

This might not matter to you if you have a big bankroll and don’t mind the ups and downs. But a high-volatility game like Multiple Play online video poker means wild swings between winning and losing. Read on to the next section to find out how to control that somewhat.

Adjusting Your Volatility Level By Using The Pay Table

If you have a big bankroll and don’t mind a higher risk of ruin, you probably won’t worry about the volatility level of Multiple Play online video poker. You’ll probably be more concerned about the overall payback percentage you can get from the pay table you’re playing.

But those who do worry about the volatility level should be considering methods to take control of it. And using the pay table to adjust that level is the best way to do that.

Some pay tables allow you to balance out the volatility level of Multiple Play online video poker somewhat. They are inherently low volatility, so it works against the Multiple Play pulling in the other direction.

Perhaps the most popular type of video poker pay table is also one of the lowest in volatility. Jacks or Better was the original format for the game and is still the most common pay table, both online and in casinos. Here’s what a full-pay Jacks or Better pay table looks like:

Jacks or Better

Coins/Hands 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight flush 50 100 150 200 250
4 of a kind 25 50 75 100 125
Full house 6 12 18 24 30
Flush 6 12 18 24 30
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
3 of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
2 pairs 2 4 6 8 10
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5

What you’ll notice about this pay table is that there are really only a few extremely high-paying hands on the table. The royal flush easily dwarfs them all (especially for a 5-coin wager.) After that, there is a significant drop-off.

What that means is that the expected payback on a Jacks or Better pay table is evenly distributed between winning hands. And since common winning hands offer decent payback, a player can keep their bankroll afloat for a long time by getting these hands frequently during game play.

All of this makes Jacks or Better a low-volatility option. It’s a good way to fight against the natural volatility of Multiple Play online video poker.

But what if you wanted to lean into the volatility of Multiple Play online video poker?

In other words, what if you wanted to give yourself even more of a chance of a big payoff in a hurry, even if it meant raising your volatility and risk of ruin even higher?

If you fall into that category, we suggest trying a pay table that is a bit more aggressive. Any pay table that has the word “Bonus” in its name will work.

Bonus pay tables award much more for 4 of a kind hands than most normal pay tables. To balance that out, they often lessen payback for common hands. As a result, they tend to be high in volatility.

Take a look at one of these pay tables below:

Triple Double Bonus

Hand/Coins 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Royal flush 200 400 600 800 4000
Straight flush 50 100 150 200 250
4 of a kind – aces 2, 3, 4 kicker 800 1600 2400 3200 4000
4 of a kind – 2s, 3s, or 4s A, 2, 3, or 4 kicker 400 800 1200 1600 2000
4 of a kind – aces 5s – Ks kicker 160 320 480 640 800
4 of a kind – 2s, 3s, or 4s 5s – Ks kicker 80 160 240 320 400
4 of a kind – any other 50 100 150 200 250
Full house 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 7 14 21 28 35
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
3 of a kind 2 4 6 8 10
2 Pairs 1 2 3 4 5
Pair of jacks + 1 2 3 4 5

You can easily see that there are many more chances for big payback on that pay table than there are on the Jacks or Better. Imagine getting a four of a kind deal on this pay table during Multiple Play online video poker with several hands in play. The winnings would be massive.

You’ll also notice on this pay table that 3 of a kind pays just 2 to 1 and 2 pairs just even money (compared to 3 to 1 and 2 to 1, respectively, on the Jacks or Better pay table.) This gives you an idea of how the common hands get discounted on Bonus tables.

Playing a pay table like this in Multiple Play online video poker would be ideal for those in search of a jackpot who aren’t afraid of losing their bankroll quickly. It certainly raises the volatility to an explosive level.

Conclusion

We hope that this article gives you a better idea of what Multiple Play online video poker is all about. It could be just the tonic for those online gamblers wanted to quicken the pace. Just make sure that you have the bankroll to withstand the pressure it will put on you.

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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