Bonus Royals

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For every video poker enthusiast - from recreational players who sit once a year to pros grinding out 12 hour days - the primary objective remains the same: find that elusive royal flush.

The strongest hand in all of poker, and the rarest, a royal flush generally offers a video poker machine's jackpot payout. To earn that hefty reward, however, players must beat odds of approximately 1 in 40,000 - no small feat indeed.

In the traditional format known as Jacks or Better, the royal flush jackpot stands at 250 coins per coin wagered, with players who bet the maximum of 5 coins offered an incentive payout of 800 coins per.

But in almost all variants of video poker, royal flushes are the game's premium hand, providing players with a dream scenario to hope for whenever five cards hit the screen.

For the game designers at WMS Gaming - the former Williams Gaming which was purchased by Scientific Games in 2013 - recognizing the enduring appeal of the royal flush helped form the foundation of a new game called Bonus Royals Poker. Only recently introduced in 2012, the Bonus Royals Poker concept is quite simple - boost the payouts for a royal flush even higher to 1,000 coins per wagered on a maximum bet.

Aside from that juiced up bonus pay for making the mother of all poker hands, Bonus Royals Poker makes just two tiny adjustments to the standard Jacks or Better pay table.

As such, Bonus Royals Poker isn't really a distinct variant in and of itself - as it doesn't comprise an entirely new game like Deuces Wild or Bonus Poker. With that in mind, WMS Gaming didn't roll out a new line of machines just for this offshoot. Instead, the Bonus Royals Poker product was packaged within the company's innovative new My Poker Multi Game machine - which provides stiff competition to the classic Game King machines manufactured by International Game Technology (IGT).

The My Poker Multi Game machine houses a variety of convenient features, allowing players to customize their in game experience through colored card backs and other creative features. Along with those superficial modifications, you can also enjoy wagering features like the No Risk Double Up - which allows players to guess from five cards in hopes of doubling a recent win.

But the hook of a product like My Poker Multi Game is the addition of new games to the video poker landscape, which is where Bonus Royals Poker comes in. The changes may not seem all that important at first glance, but anytime a standard pay table is adjusted, the odds and probabilities affecting players shift in kind.

And of course, placing an additional premium on royal flushes adds a certain element of excitement to the proceedings - because players know they'll cash in even higher when the deck delivers.

This page was written to cover all things Bonus Royals Poker, so we'll dive deep into the details of payback percentage, the game's top pay table, how to employ optimal strategy, and even where WMS' new machines can be found. But before we move onto the advanced course, let's start out with a refresher for any video poker rookies who happen to be reading.

Bonus Royals Poker Basics

We've got plenty of information for expert level players to come, but for now the focus will be put squarely on beginners. With that in mind, don't hesitate to skip ahead to the next section if you've already put in a few sessions on your favorite machine.

As a video poker player, the first step towards sustained success comes with acquainting oneself with that machine. A basic video poker machine looks and feels much like a slot machine, and given WMS Gaming's technological advancements with its My Poker Multi Game product, that resemblance is uncanny.

But video poker is far from the slots when it comes to putting the odds in players' favor, as this is a skill based wager rather than a game of chance. And in order to derive your full expected return from any video poker game or variant, the first place to look is the machine itself.

More specifically, you should always start a session by examining the pay table advertised by a given machine. After sitting down to a My Poker Multi Game machine, and setting the game choice to Bonus Royals Poker, you'll be brought to a pre game screen showing a grid containing five columns and various numbers.

This grid is usually shown in bright yellow, and it happens to provide everything you need to know about a game's viability.

In the basic format of Jacks or Better, sharp players know to seek out the "9 / 6 full pay" version only. Those numbers refer to the payouts per coin wagered offered when you hit a full house and a flush, respectively. Thus, any Jacks or Better machine using a 9 coin payout for full houses, and a 6 coin payout for flushes is considered to be of the full pay variety.

We'll get into the idea of payback percentage in the next section, and the full pay table for Bonus Royals Poker one section after that. But for now, just know that full pay machines for this game come with a 9 / 5 setup - paying 9 coins for a full house and 5 coins for a flush.

In other words, if your Bonus Royals Poker game is paying out anything less than the 9 / 5 scale for those key hands, you'll be sacrificing vital percentage points on your overall expected return.

Now that we've got that word of warning out of the way, let's get to the fun stuff, shall we?

Having located a 9 / 5 full pay version of Bonus Royals Poker, your next task is to set your coin denomination and the amount of coins wagered.

For the first one, you can run with penny stakes, or nickels, quarters, and dollars. Don't worry about the machine in this case, as My Poker Multi Game is setup to be playable at each of these levels.

No matter which coin denomination you choose, you'll always want to select the game's maximum bet of 5 coins. For penny stakes players, that comes to $0.05 per hand played, while nickel stakes players will be betting $0.25, quarter stakes players raise the ante to $1.25, and dollar stakes players put up $5.00 on each hand.

You may not be the most gamble happy player - and that's definitely a positive, don't get us wrong - so the idea of betting the maximum at all times might be a bit off putting. But trust us, in the game of video poker, players always benefit in terms of odds and payouts when they wager the max. So if firing $1.25 per hand as a quarter stakes player feels too high, simply dial back to the nickel stakes and play for one fifth of the price.

The reason you'll want to bet the max on every hand is simple: video poker pay tables almost always offer a bonus jackpot pay when you hit a royal flush on a max bet. You'll see for yourself when we study the pay table two sections onward, but for now just know that a 4 coin wager pays out 1,000 coins when you land a royal.

But when you bet 5 coins instead, that same hand immediately multiplies in value, paying out 5,000 coins instead.

Put in monetary terms, a quarter stakes player betting 4 coins - for a $1.00 wager - would earn $250 for that 1,000 coin pay. Somebody betting the maximum of 5 coins at those stakes would see their reward climb by leaps and bounds, rising all the way to $1,250.

Knowing those numbers, you should have no more doubts about the validity of the max bet approach - which just happens to be advised by every legitimate video poker expert out there.

Now then, we've got you seated at a 9 / 5 full pay machine, playing Bonus Royals Poker for the maximum of 5 coins at your preferred coin denomination...

So what comes next?
The part that keeps millions of players coming back for more - that's what.

After inserting your coins or bills - or more likely, a casino credit voucher - pressing the "DEAL" button will get the game underway. That commands the virtual dealer to dispense five cards at random from a 52 card deck.

Once your screen lights up with cards, your job is to assess the relative strength of any potential five card poker hands, or various drawing hands. You can click the "HOLD" button to keep a card in your hand, and you can decide to hold one, some, all, or even none of your five starting cards.

From there, clicking on the "DEAL" button once more will lead you to the drawing round, where your discards will be replaced at random from the top of the deck. These replacements finalize your five card poker hand, which is then scored against the pay table to see if a payout will be awarded.

Some five card starting hands will be "junk," comprising no pat hands or draws to speak of, while others will pack plenty of possibilities into a single hand. And in many cases, your decision making process will be quite straightforward, with only one viable play jumping out at you.

We'll cover the tenets of optimal strategy a few sections down the road, but for now, take a look at these five cards and ponder your next move: As Ks 10s 10h 2d.

In this case, we've started out with one pair of 10s - which don't meet the jacks or better standard to earn a minimum payout - along with three of the five cards needed for a royal flush (As Ks 10s). Given these two primary holdings, the objective of the game is to make the best possible play - or the one which offers you the highest expected return on your money over the long run.

Some players will swear that holding the pat pair of 10s (even though they don't pay) offers the best odds, believing that any third or fourth 10 will trigger premium payouts, while any other pair is good for a two pair hand, and three of a kind on the draw creates a full house.

Conversely, another segment of the player community will tell you that the goal should be going for the gusto - holding the three card royal flush draw and shooting for that big time bonus pay of 5,000 coins. After all, you don't have to hit the royal to win using these three cards, as any two spades will do for a basic flush, the Q J combination in another suit will form the "Broadway" straight, and even a single Ace or King is good for a payable one pair hand.

But choosing your favorite play and making the correct play are two entirely different things. And the best video poker players are those who learn exactly how to play their cards given any possible scenario.

We'll return to this example down below in the strategy section, so be sure to keep this hand fresh in mind and ask yourself what choice you might make. Then, we'll let you know which decision is correct, and more importantly, why that is.

Once you've run through the hold / discard process, and received replacements to trigger a payout (or not), the cycle simply repeats itself. Press "DEAL" again to set the gears into motion, and before long you'll see your fingers flying as you navigate the waters of an extended video poker session.

What Is a Payback Percentage in the Context of Bonus Royals Poker?

Gambling writers reliably use two separate - but equal - terms when talking about the viability of a game or wager:

  • 1The house edge
  • 2The payback percentage

The first term is preferred by table game players, so you'll tend to hear house edge tossed about when playing blackjack (0.50 percent), baccarat (1.06 percent on Banker bets; 1.24 percent on Player bets), and roulette (2.70 percent on single zero wheels; 5.26 percent on double zero wheels).

In essence, this metric simply measures the house's expected return on a given game or wager. Thus, blackjack players (who use basic strategy) know the house holds an expected return of 0.50 percent - or $0.50 per $100 wagered to put things in monetary terms. On the other side of the spectrum, a tourist sidling up to the double zero roulette wheel is up against the house's expected return of 5.26 percent - meaning the casino will keep $5.26 from every $100 wagered.

Now, we're no fools, so don't write in to tell us that blackjack bets for $100 can't possibly result in a $0.50 loss. The house edge isn't used to cover single bets, but rather the accumulation of wagers placed over the infinite long run.

That means you'll win $100 on some blackjack bets, and lose $100 on others, with slightly different results stemming from blackjack wins, split hands, and the like. Overall though, the average result from $100 worth of wagers will be $0.50 sent over to the house's side.

On the other hand, machine game players who favor the slots and video poker speak in terms of payback percentage.

For the game of Bonus Royals Poker, that number stands at 99.01 percent - which is only a tad lower than the 99.54 percent baseline established by fan favorite Jacks or Better.

In this case, we've simply reversed the focus, examining the player's expected return rather than that of the house. For the Bonus Royals Poker concept, we can expect to bring back $99.01 from every $100 wagered over the long run - good for a loss of $0.99.

Remember, all gambling games (with a few exceptions in the video poker world) offer negative expectation wagers. So while a long term loss of nearly a buck per $100 in bets might seem worrisome, it's not too bad all things considered. Just imagine being a roulette player who sees $5.26 of their $100 headed straight to the house...

And as the mathematically minded readers have probably figured out by now, these two terms are really just inverses of one another. That is, blackjack with its house edge of 0.50 percent offers a payback percentage of 99.50 percent. And this Bonus Royals Poker game clocks in at a house edge of 0.99 percent given the payback percentage of 99.01 percent.

In either case, however, the metric is used to compare a gambling game or wager's level of player friendliness. You want a high payback percentage and a low house edge, plain and simple. And the higher payback you can find, the better, as you'll learn in the next section.

You know what these terms mean now, so let's take a moment to couch those definitions in some basic logic:

1 - These Are Theoretical, Long Term Predictions Only.

As a player, we can never hope to approach the sample size needed to bring these metrics into fruition. That's what the long run is really all about. Our personal long run may reach 1,000 hands, or 10,000 hands, or even 100,000 hands - but we'll still be subject to the whims of variance. In other words, you may win a ton while playing Bonus Royals Poker - or lose a sizable sum - because we're not working with a high enough sample size.

So don't expect to insert a $100 bill and come back with $99.01 every time out. That's just not how it works. Instead, use payback percentage rates for comparison's sake, rating two games side by side to see which one offers the better odds of long term success - which will also create additional chances at short term glory.

2 - These numbers assume you're playing with optimal strategy

Whenever any gambling game has payback percentage or house edge numbers posted, they will always be based on optimal strategy. That leaves blackjack fans who haven't committed to basic strategy facing a 1.50 percent house edge - triple that of basic strategy sharps. The same goes for video poker, so unless you take the time to learn the 25 hand strategy system found two sections onward, you can't rely on the 99.01 payback percentage figure we've been using.

How the Pay Tables for Bonus Royals Poker Work to Create a Transparent Payback Percentage

Below you'll find the 9 / 5 pay table, also called the "full pay" table, used for Bonus Poker Plus:

Full Pay 9 / 6 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 5000
Straight Flush 55 110 165 220 275
Four of a Kind 25 50 75 100 125
Full House 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 5 10 15 20 25
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Three of a Kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two Pair 2 4 6 8 10
One Pair 1 2 3 4 5
All Other 0 0 0 0 0

We went over this already, but the full pay component comes from the respective 9 coin and 5 coin payouts for making a full house and a flush.

The flush pay is slightly lower than you'd find on a 9 / 6 full pay Jacks or Better machine, but that's only fair given the major increase in that juiced up 5,000 coin jackpot for landing a royal flush on a max bet.

Other than that, the only key payout discrepancy between Bonus Royals Poker and its predecessor is that awarded for making a straight flush. In this game, you'll earn 55 coins for stringing together a straight flush, which is slightly higher than the 50 coin payout offered on Jacks or Better.

Using this full pay setup, players enjoy a payback percentage of 99.01 percent - which is pretty close compared to the baseline of 99.54 percent set by standard Jacks or Better.

However, the 9 / 5 full pay version is accompanied by several inferior pay tables, each offering a much worse payback percentage to players. You'll find a 7 / 5 variety, which drops your payback all the way down to 96.71 percent. Then there's a weird version which pays exactly 959.2 coins for the royal flush bonus, along with the 7 / 5 full house / flush pays for a payback of 96.60 percent.

The list of downgraded pay tables for Bonus Royal Poker is long, but rest assured, they just get worse from here. Your job as a sharp player is to seek out the 9 / 5 full pay version of the game at all times, because the difference between 99.01 percent and the second best version (96.71 percent) is truly massive in statistical terms.

Simply put, you'll be sacrificing entirely too much equity in your expected return by playing Bonus Royals Poker at anything less than 9 / 6 full pay.

Now that you know how the pay table works, let's hit a quick crash course on those five card poker hands used to score payouts during a Bonus Royals Poker session:

Royal flush

Watching the screen light up with the 10 J Q K A "Broadway" straight, with all cards coming in the same suit, is what we're all hoping for on every deal. But that's a 1 in 40,000 or so long shot, which is why you can trigger such enormous 5,000 coin payouts for doing so - provided you bet the max of course.

Straight flush

A royal flush is simply the highest possible straight flush, so any string of five consecutive suited cards (8h 9h 10h Jh Qh, 4c 5c 6c 7c 8c) qualifies as the second best hand in this game.

Four of a kind

Earning a payout for "quads" requires you to hit all four identical cards from the same rank (3 3 3 3 K, K K K K 3).

Full house

Combining three of a kind with one pair creates a full house, also known as a "boat" to poker people. Examples include the 4 4 4 Q Q, 3 7 3 7 3, and 10 J J J 10.

Flush

A flush can be formed using any five cards of the same suit. Examples include the 4h 9h Jh Kh Ah or 2s 5s 10s Qs As.

Straight

When you see five consecutive unsuited cards strung together, you've found a straight. These mid paying hands can also be made two ways when an ace is involved, starting with the low A 2 3 4 5 "wheel straight" and ending with the high10 J Q K A "Broadway" straight. Any five card run counts though, so 4 5 6 7 8 is just as good as 9 10 J Q K.

Three of a kind

This hand is usually referred to as "trips" when you're talking poker, as three of a kind uses three of any card rank (6 6 6 9 10, A A A 9 3, or 5 5 5 7 A are all examples).

Two Pair

When you have one pair and add another pair of a different rank, you've made two pair. Examples include (Q Q 4 4 2 or 2 2 10 10 A).

One Pair

Bonus Royals Poker is essentially a clone of Jacks or Better, so the same minimum qualifying hand is used: one pair of jacks, queens, kings, or aces.

Learning how the video poker hands stack up is the first step toward acquiring an advanced knowledge of the game.

How advanced, you ask? Well, we can tell you exactly how often you'll hit any hand in the game, along with the expected return for those hands.

For example, we know that just over half of the time - 55.67 percent of deals to be precise - you'll wind up making a non paying hand. With payout of 0 coins for those hands, a formula of probability x payout gives us the expected return for anything less than one pair of jacks or better - which is obviously zero.

But what about the bare minimum paying hand of jacks or better? Well, you'll land that one 21.36 percent of the time, and with a payout of 1 coin, the expected return for one pair stands at 21.36 percent.

Two pair comes in on 12.90 percent of hands, and the higher payout of 2 coins changes the formula just a bit. Now, we're multiplying 12.90 by 2 to get an expected return of 25.80 percent for two pair hands.

The same formula can be used to calculate expected return rates for every hand in Bonus Royals Poker, as shown below:

Expected Return Table for Bonus Royals Poker

HAND PROBABILITY RETURN
Royal flush 0.002 percent 2.701 percent
Straight flush 0.011 percent 0.601 percent
Four of a kind 0.236 percent 5.892 percent
Full house 1.149 percent 10.314 percent
Flush 1.102 percent 5.509 percent
Straight 1.128 percent 4.512 percent
Three of a kind 7.424 percent 22.274 percent
Two pair 12.903 percent 25.806 percent
One pair (JoB) 21.368 percent 21.368 percent
Nothing 55.674 percent 0.000 percent
Total 100.000 percent 99.01 percent

Take a look at that bottom right entry, which takes all of the individual expected return rates and adds them up.

By combining the expected return rate for every possible hand in Bonus Royal Poker, as based on the relationship between probability and payout, you'll find the overall payback percentage of 99.01 percent.

Of course, that number assumes a player is employing optimal strategy, which can be a tough road to hoe given the 19,933,230,517,200 possible hand combinations offered by Bonus Royal Poker. And while that number is certainly a tough nut to crack, we've managed to narrow it down to just 25 hands that you need to memorize in order to master the game's optimal strategy.

Bonus Royals Poker Strategy Tips

The foundation of video poker strategy is provided by those probabilities we just went over.

You'll always have a branching tree of choices to make when confronted with any five card starting hand combination. And because each branch on the tree holds an inherent expected value - holding pat hands is better than chasing draws; some draws are easier to hit than others, etc. - one play choice will always be more profitable for players over the long run.

Knowing which choice to make can be quite easy in many cases, but you'll be faced with a long lineup of razor thin decisions that seem to be too close to call - like that As Ks 10s 10h 2d example hand from earlier.

When presented with two (or more) seemingly equal options, video poker players must strive to put their money behind the best probabilities at all times. Simply put, that's the skill element of the game, and it's what separates the small group of long term winners from a legion of losing players.

In this case, with a pat pair of 10s facing off against a three card royal flush draw, we have two choices that both have merit. But only one be deemed the best, as it will provide players with a higher payback percentage and expected return over the long run.

We won't pretend to know the complex mathematics behind it, but optimal strategy for Bonus Royals Poker - which is the same as that used in basic Jacks or Better given the payout similarities - provides us with an answer.

Take a look at the table below, which covers 25 possible five card starting hand rankings, beginning with the strongest hands and moving downward to the weakest. By making use of this table, you can assess any potential starting hand decision and identify the one offering a higher expected return.

Simply locate the highest ranked hand on the list, and go with that play above your other options to be sure you're giving yourself the highest possible equity on every draw:

Key: T = 10, J = Jack, Q = Queen, K = King, A = Ace
  • 1Four of a kind or better - You don't need us to tell you, but when the screen lights up with a pat four of a kind, straight flush, or royal flush - carefully hold all five cards and collect your instant payout.
  • 2Four to a Royal Flush - Making a royal flush is hard enough, so whenever the poker gods gift you four of the five cards needed, you should always hold them and hope in lieu of keeping an inferior hand.
  • 3Three of a kind, straight, flush, full house - Another set of pat hands, when you see a full house, flush, straight, or three of a kind the goal should be holding all five for a quick bankroll boost.
  • 4Four to a straight flush - The fourth ranked hand in the game is an echo of the royal flush, so whenever you see four cards to a straight flush onscreen - and none of the pat hands shown above, take the draw and try to connect.
  • 5Two pair - Two pair is always better than one, so hold these and look to fill up with a full house.
  • 6High pair (J J, Q Q, K K, A A) - The jacks or better element ensures that the only one pair hands which will pay are faces and aces. If you land one "high" pair, with nothing stronger to work with, go ahead and hold them to earn your bet back at the very least.
  • 7Three to a royal flush - Given the massive incentive offered when you land a royal flush, it stands to reason that even a three card draw to poker's most powerful hand would rank highly on the list. This long shot draw won't hit very often, but with three "Broadway" cards and a three card flush draw, you still have several ways to win a smaller amount. And because of that huge 5,000 coin payout for max bettors, a three card royal actually holds a higher expected value than 18 other starting hands.
  • 8Four to a flush - Any four card flush draw will do, as this hand offers nine "outs" towards collecting a payout, but look for cards higher than a Jack to give yourself a few extra points' worth of equity.
  • 9Low pair (10 10 or lower) - When you hold a pair that happens to be lower than jacks, it won't be worth all that much, but it does outrank the various draws shown below.
  • 10Four to an outside straight - We're moving into the drawing hand portion of the hand rankings, so whenever a pat hand or a strong draw doesn't pop off the screen, take your time to assess the possibilities, then consult the rankings to find your most profitable play.
  • 11Three to a straight flush
  • 12A K Q J unsuited
  • 13Two suited high cards
  • 14Four to an inside straight with three high cards
  • 15Three to a straight flush
  • 16K Q J unsuited
  • 17Q J unsuited
  • 18J T suited
  • 19K Q, K J unsuited
  • 20Q T suited
  • 21A K, A Q, A J unsuited
  • 22K T suited
  • 23One high card
  • 24Three to an inside straight flush
  • 25Discard everything
At this point you might be thinking something along the lines of "what have I gotten myself into?"

That's a natural reaction to a 25 point list that needs to be memorized, but we can tell you right now, this test will be far easier to pass than those dreaded year ending exams.

First off, the first few hands on top, and on bottom, are basic obvious plays. In other words, you'll know immediately to hold a pat hand, or one single high card, or when to discard five rags. These hands play themselves, so to speak, so you really only need to learn the middle sections of the optimal strategy chart to sharpen your game.

If you're just now learning about the list, take your time and dial it back in stakes to provide yourself with an affordable tutorial. There's no rule against using charts in the casino either, so feel free to print this baby out and bring it with you on your next session. Soon enough, with a few thousand hands of work put in, you'll find yourself seamlessly deploying the perfect plays without even looking down.

Now that you've discovered proper strategy, let's put it into action.

We've still got that tricky As Ks 10s 10h 2d starting hand onscreen, so let's see which of our two available plays is the best. According to the hand rankings, a three card royal flush is the seventh strongest hand, while one pair of 10s or lower is ranked ninth. This means you'll enjoy a higher expected value over the long run by chasing the royal, rather than holding the single pair and hoping to improve.

This hand demonstrates exactly how optimal video poker strategy works, so be sure to run through your options before choosing the most profitable play during your next Bonus Royals Poker session.

Bonus Royals Poker Variants

A modern video poker machine is only as good as its offshoots, a fact WMS Gaming knows all too well. In designing the My Poker Multi Game concept, the company decided to outfit several popular video poker variants with the Bonus Royals Poker addition.

Just like with Jacks or Better, each of these retrofits takes an existing template - including game play features and pay tables - while simply adding the bonus payout of 5,000 coins for a max bet of 5 coins.

When considering the list of Bonus Royals Poker offshoots shown below, feel free to visit our main pages on each base game, before factoring in the slightly different 1,000 / 55 / 9 / 5 pay table. Other than those adjustments, the Bonus Royal version of each variant shown below will play out in exactly the same fashion:

  • Bonus Poker Bonus Royals
  • Double Bonus Bonus Royals
  • Double Double Bonus Bonus Royals
  • Triple Triple Bonus Bonus Royals
  • Deuces Wild Bonus Royals
  • Joker Poker (Kings or Better) Bonus Royals

Where to Find Bonus Royals Poker Games (Online or Off)

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When the agreement between WMS Gaming and Station Casinos was struck in 2012, the latter's Brian Eby - who serves as corporate vice president of slot operations - issued a statement praising the new My Poker Multi Game machines:

"While video poker players typically have a favorite game that keeps them coming back to Station properties, the inclusion of unique, new play elements in My Poker games provides players with a new elevated gaming experience for those games they love to play.

We believe a significant number of our players will find the ability to individualize their favorite poker game with their personal playing preferences as well as the increased functionality My Poker provides, both exciting and engaging."


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The My Poker video poker games were developed using extensive player research, including talking with and listening to many Station Casinos and Las Vegas players to identify what video poker players liked about their favorite games and what improvements could be made that would enhance the gaming experience for them personally. By listening to what our customers and their players tell us, and then incorporating that research and data with the creative minds at WMS, we were able to develop a great new product for our customers and a great gaming experience for players."


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Conclusion

Bonus Royals Poker isn't the most creative offshoot we've come across, but video poker fans who pride themselves on making royal flushes above all else should certainly be pleased. Without shaving a significant portion of the player's payback percentage down, WMS Gaming has succeeded in designing a pay table that prioritizes royals even more than they already were.

Adding a full 1,000 coins to the jackpot for landing a royal flush doesn't change the Jacks or Better template all that much - and that's a good thing. Jacks or Better is the standard for video poker players for good reason, so maintaining that template while adding something new is always a recipe for success.

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