Chase the Royal Video Poker

2 Ways Royal Video Poker

International Game Technology (IGT) released its novel video poker variant Chase the Royal Poker in 2007. A decade later, the title is still going strong.

In fact, because Chase the Royal Poker is more of a feature overlaid on existing video poker variants - and not a new game in and of itself - the concept has spread far and wide. By packaging Chase the Royal Poker within the company's original All Star Poker machine - a model which boasts 163 separate video poker configurations - IGT ensured that the new product would get a fair shake from players.

Rather than see a new title, one that is admittedly a bit gimmicky, and pass it by for something more familiar, players can sit at an All Star Poker machine to play any number of their old favorites. But a few clicks through the main menu may lead them to discover Chase the Royal Poker, and when they do, most players tend to enjoy the clever game play concept.

That's because IGT didn't go overboard like many game designers do, adding in cool new features at the expense of basic video poker game play. Instead, the worldwide leader in video poker machine manufacturing recognized that players love this great game as it is, so you won't find any side bets, games of chance, or other distractions.

Instead, a session playing Chase the Royal Poker is spent doing just that, so you'll be playing straight up video poker using five different variants:

  • 1. Jacks or Better
  • 2. Bonus Poker Deluxe
  • 3. Double Bonus
  • 4. Double Double Bonus
  • 5. Triple Double Bonus (links to game pages here).

These five classics are further supplemented by 12 distinct pay tables, along with 3 handed, 5 handed, and 10 handed play. No matter which game you prefer, you'll probably feel right at home when playing Chase the Royal Poker.

The game's true hook is provided by one of the more interesting game play features we've yet encountered. Without having to invest in an extra side bet, players are granted an opportunity to Chase the Royal whenever they're dealt one pair of Jacks, Queens, or Kings. There are a few provisions to this rule, which we'll discuss in detail in the next section.

On most of these one pair deals, however, the game will freeze and offer players a chance to chase, and when you take that chance, the fun really begins.

If you elect to chase, the game will discard your previous hand and deal out three new cards - all of which will be "royal" cards. In other words, you'll get a new three card starting hand which will always create a royal flush draw. You may get the 10h Jh Ah, the Qs Ks As, or the 10d Jd Qd, but after electing to chase, your new three card starting hand will always form a three card flush draw.

From there, the game proceeds as per normal, so you'll obviously hold the royal draw and hope to hit. But you're not limited to hitting only royals, as any draw that produces one pair of jacks or better - or any other qualifying hand under your chosen game's rules - will result in a payout.

To make up for the added royal flush equity provided to players, the five variants found in Chase the Royal Poker offer downgraded pay tables compared to their full pay variety. That means you'll be playing 6 / 5 Jacks or Better, for example. Even so, that added royal equity does wonders, so your payback percentage on most games remains within the realm of respectability.

Using this approach, Chase the Royal Poker applies a unique concept over the existing structure of several video poker classics. On many deals, you'll simply be playing the game like you always did. But every so often, the cards will cooperate to gift you with a free shot at hitting a royal flush - which is what all of us are trying to do anyhow.

Because you can find All Star Poker machines all over the country, and indeed, the world - players everywhere continue to discover the beauty of Chase the Royal Poker. With that in mind, we assembled this page to provide a comprehensive guide to the game.

We'll kick things off with a beginner's walkthrough, before moving on to a discussion on payback percentage and its importance, and then a breakdown of the pay tables used across the game's menu. From there, we'll point you in the right direction to basic strategy systems for each game, while providing a thorough guide to finding the game in your nearest casino.

Chase the Royal Poker Basics

This section is intended for video poker rookies who may not have much experience on an actual machine. So readers who have been around the block, so to speak, can feel free to skip ahead to the next section.

For the rest of us, let's run through the mechanics of an actual video poker session.

To begin, you'll need to locate one of IGT's All Star Poker machines. We have a guide waiting below, and believe us, there are enough of these bad boys out there to go around.

Once you've found the right machine, sit down and insert coins, cash, or a casino credit voucher to fund your session. Next up, you'll need to choose Chase the Royal Poker from the game's menu of features and variants. We provide a video tutorial on how to navigate your way to Chase the Royal Poker below, in the guide section, so don't sweat that aspect at the moment.

When you have clicked through to Chase the Royal, the game will present you with five different coin denominations to choose from:

  • $0.01
  • $0.05
  • $0.10
  • $0.25
  • $1.00

These figures simply represent the betting increments you'll be using as the session progresses. Plenty of people enjoy video poker at the penny stakes, before moving up to nickel, dime, quarter, or dollar play - so choose the bet that leaves you feeling most comfortable.

Next up, you'll see a menu of video poker variants onscreen, such as Jacks or Better, Double Double Bonus, and so on. Just pick the game you enjoy playing most and you'll be ready to go.

But keep one thing in mind: IGT has designed Chase the Royal to offer 3 Handed, 5 Handed, and 10 Handed play - which they call Triple Play, Five Play, and Ten Play, respectively.

These game modes are a bit different than standard video poker, as players get to play three, five, or 10 draws using the same starting hand.

For Example

If you started off with the As 9s 7s 4s 2h, for a four card flush draw, you'd hold those four cards. Then, when you discard the fifth and draw a replacement, you'll run through three, five, or 10 different draws. Each draw uses a different deck, so you might hit the Ks on the first hand to make your flush, find an Ah on the next for one pair, and a 6d on the third hand to miss everything.

In this way, multi hand video poker simply adds dimension to the drawing round. But that comes at a cost, of course, so take the multi hand feature into consideration when choosing a coin denomination. What we mean is this: to play 3 handed, you'll need to put up the same bet three times.

To help you understand how this works, we've compiled a table showing what you'd be betting per hand (assuming a max bet of 5 coins, which we'll explain shortly). This table should give you a good idea of the bankroll flexibility you'll need at each level:

Cost Per Deal When Max Betting 5 Coins

Cost Per Deal 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Stakes $0.01 $0.05 $0.10 $0.25 $1.00
3 Handed $0.15 $0.75 $1.50 $3.75 $15.00
5 Handed $0.25 $1.25 $2.50 $6.25 $25.00
10 Handed $0.50 $2.50 $5.00 $12.50 $50.00

As you can see, Chase the Royal Poker offers a ton of flexibility, as you can play for a mere $0.15 per deal when playing 3 Handed at the penny stakes, or up to $50.00 per deal in a 10 Handed game at dollar stakes.

Now then, you've chosen Chase the Royal Poker, and decided on a coin denomination and multi hand mode... so what comes next?

At this point, your chosen game will present a pay table - a yellow outlined grid with five columns filled with numbers. Pay tables are used to score video poker hands, assigning a payout in coins (per every coin wagered) when you land a winner.

Video poker allows players to bet between 1 and 5 coins, but as we mentioned already, you should always choose the maximum bet of 5 coins. The reason being is simple: you'll earn a bonus jackpot pay when you do.

Here's how that works. A pay table moves incrementally across the board, so if the 250 coins you earn for a royal flush when betting 1 coin doubles to 500 coins on a 2 coin bet. It then increases to 750 coins on a 3 coin bet, and 1,000 coins on a 4 coin bet. Following that pattern, a royal flush on a 5 coin bet should pay out 1,250 coins - but instead it jumps to the jackpot of 4,000 coins (800 coins per coin wagered) for max bettors.

For this reason, and this reason alone, video poker experts know that betting 5 coins is always the proper play. If you don't, and somehow score a lucky royal, you'll be sacrificing massive amounts of equity back to the house for no reason at all.

And furthermore, you can't activate Chase the Royal Poker mode without a max bet in place, so there's literally no reason to play this game if you're not prepared to up the ante to 5 coins.

OK, so now you're max betting 5 coins. With that step, the game's setup is complete, and the action really begins.

Chase the Royal offers several different versions of the game, but we'll stick with the traditional Jacks or Better for our example. Even so, they're all riffs on the same theme, so whichever format you choose will offer the same basic game play.

That game play begins with pressing the "DEAL" button, at which point five randomized cards will be dealt out from a standard 52 card deck. This comprises your five card starting hand, and in normal video poker play, the objective of the game is to hold one, some, all, or even none of these cards - while discarding the remainders. Any discards are replaced at random during the drawing round, and your final five card poker hand is scored against the pay table to award prizes.

Before going any further, take a look below for a quick refresher course on the traditional poker hand hierarchy:

Royal flush

When you see the "Broadway" straight - which is formed by the 10 J Q K A - and all five cards are in the same suit, congratulations are in order. The royal flush is the hardest hand to hit in video poker, coming in on just over 1 in every 40,000 hands you play (in normal formats, more on Chase the Royal Poker odds to come).

Straight flush

Stringing together five straight cards in the same suit (8h 9h 10h Jh Qh, 4c 5c 6c 7c 8c) forms a straight flush, the second strongest hand in traditional poker.

Four of a kind

Four of a kind is up next, and you'll need to grab four cards in the same rank (3 3 3 3 K, K K K K 3) to land this monster hand.

Full house

Three of a kind joined with one pair becomes a full house. Examples include the 4 4 4 Q Q, 3 7 3 7 3, and 10 J J J 10.


If you collect five unconnected cards of the same suit, you'll find a flush payout. Examples include the 4h 9h Jh Kh Ah or 2s 5s 10s Qs As.


A run of five consecutive cards that aren't suited is good enough for a straight. Aces can be used in both directions for a straight, meaning thelow A 2 3 4 5 "wheel straight" and the high 10 J Q K A "Broadway" straight are both good. But any five card string qualifies, so 6 7 8 9 10 will work just like 10 J Q K A.

Three of a kind

Three cards of the same rank (6 6 6 9 10, A A A 9 3, or 5 5 5 7 A) form three of a kind.

Two Pair

One pair added to another one pair ofa different rank (Q Q 4 4 2 or 2 2 10 10 A) produces two pair.

One Pair

The minimum qualifying hand to earn a payout in most video poker variants is one pair of Jacks or better (J J, Q Q, K K, A A).

Of course, games like Double Double Bonus and the like add different hands to the mix - think four aces with a low card "kicker" and other variations - so the rankings above are just a starting point.

Once you've assessed your five card starting hand, and run through the discard / draw process, the game will tally your final five card poker hand and payout according to the table in use.

That does it for the basic game play of video poker, so now it's time to see how Chase the Royal Poker changes things up.

Whenever you are dealt one pair of Jacks, Queens, or Kings, the game will offer you a chance to chase that elusive royal flush.

A few caveats to this rule apply:

  • The one pair can't be contained within a stronger hand. That means a starting hand like J J 4 4 2, which makes two pair, won't activate Chase the Royal Poker mode. You need the one pair to stand alone, so to speak.
  • If you have a one pair hand that triggers a Chase, but it comes with a stronger hand and / or draw than the three card royal, you get to keep the starting cards. In other words, something like Qs Qh Kh Ah Jh - which gives you one pair of queens and a four card royal flush draw, won't trigger the Chase. That's because you already hold a more powerful draw than the three card royal on offer.

Other than those two provisions, the game is quite simple: see one pair of Jacks, Queens, or Kings hit the screen, and you'll earn a shot to Chase the Royal.

When that happens, your original five card starting hand will be whisked away, replaced by three random royal flush cards. You'll have 40 distinct combinations of three suited Broadway cards, so they'll tend to be mixed up - but they'll always form a three card royal flush draw.

From there, the game will deal out your two replacement cards from the remaining 49 card deck.

In this way, Chase the Royal Poker gives players a much better chance at hitting the mother of all poker hands. Remember those 1 in 40,000 or so odds on standard video poker? Those shrink down to about 1 in 8,000 hands - or five times better odds - when you play Chase the Royal Poker.

Obviously, the goal in this game is to hit the royal flush, but even if your three card draw materializes into a lesser hand - you'll still earn a standard payout. Except for "chased" flushes and straights, which happen to award a slight bonus pay when made on a Chase the Royal draw.

You'll learn more about that in the pay table section, but for now, just now that Chase the Royal Poker should always be played with the premium hands in mind. Whenever you get a chance to Chase, you should take it, because this feature provides the added expected return needed to counter the downgraded base game pay tables.

Finally, the game differentiates between "dealt" royals and "chased" royals - with a royal on the five card starting hand awarded a whopping 10,000 coins (2,000 coins per coin wagered on a 5 coin max bet). As for a royal caught on the Chase, you'll earn the usual 4,000 coin (800 coins per coin wagered) jackpot.

And with that, you've just learned how to play basic video poker and Chase the Royal Poker in one brief tutorial.

What Is a Pay Back Percentage in the Context of Chase the Royal Poker?

Gambling tutorials tend to mention two terms above all else when comparing games and wagers:

  • 1. The house edge
  • 2. The payback percentage

Table game players rely on the house edge metric to describe games like 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 this case, the percentages define the house's expected return - or the amount of money the house can expect to collect on that game over time. To express house edge in monetary terms, we multiply the percentage by $100 to arrive at the house's expected win rate.

Thus, the skill game of blackjack sees the house collect just $0.50 per every $100 in wagers, while luck based roulette sends a hefty $5.26 - or more than 10 times the amount - back into the casino's coffers.

Now, you may be wondering about that $0.50 loss on a $100 wager, as that is obviously an impossible result. But we didn't say a single wager, we said all $100 wagers placed over the infinite long run averaged together. In other words, when the casino runs a blackjack table for years, counts up every single $100 increment that was bet over that time, and compares that to their own haul, the numbers will invariably show that they've won $0.50 on each $100 in wagers placed.

On the flip side, machine players who prefer video poker or the slots speak in terms of payback percentage. This metric takes the opposite approach, measuring the player's expected return over the long run.

For a game like Jacks or Better (using the 9 / 6 full pay table), that payback stands at 99.54 percent. Put another way, players can expect to bring back $99.54 from every $100 they wager over time.

As you might have suspected by now, these terms are basically interchangeable, as they measure the same thing, only from a different vantage point. What we mean is, you can see the house edge for Jacks or Better is 0.46 percent by taking that payback percentage rate and subtracting it from 100.

And conversely, the payback percentage for blackjack is 99.50 percent, which we can find by subtracting the house edge of 0.50 percent from 100.

Now that you know the score about house edge and payback percentage, keep these two caveats in mind:

1 - These are theoretical, long term predictions only

The expected return when flipping a coin is exactly 50 / 50, but as you know from rainy days at home as a kid, you can flip a quarter 10 times and see it fall on tails every time out. That's known as short term variance, because given a small sample size, anything can happen.

That's why these gambling measurements take the long run into account - the longest run of infinity. Only by creating a sample size of millions upon millions of bets will you see the theoretical house edge or payback percentage rates pan out. This is why you'll enjoy small wins and large wins, or suffer losses, seemingly at random while you play.

This is why house edge and payback percentage should never be used as a guide to what will happen during a particular session - or even over your lifetime. The sample sizes just aren't large enough to count.

Where the metrics are eminently useful is comparing two games or wagers side by side. After all, knowing what you do now, would you prefer to play blackjack (0.50 percent) or double zero roulette (5.26 percent)?

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

We'll keep this one short and sweet: gambling measurements always apply to optimal strategy players. For blackjack, playing by the seat of your pants - and not basic strategy - increases the house's edge from 0.50 percent to 1.50 percent. The same holds true for video poker, so be prepared to master basic strategy before relying on advertised payback percentages.

How the Pay Tables for Chase the Royal Poker Work

With five different video poker variants to choose from, and 12 distinct pay tables in play, Chase the Royal Poker is too expansive to cover everything on this page.

Instead, we've compiled a table to show all of the possible game play setups, along with their respective payback percentages:

Chase the Royal Poker Payback Percentages (By Game)

Bonus Poker Deluxe 7/5 97.67 percent
Bonus Poker Deluxe 7/5 96.88 percent
Double Bonus 9/6/5 99.83 percent
Double Bonus 9/6/4 98.40 percent
Double Bonus 7/5/4 95.34 percent
Double Double Bonus 8/5 98.92 percent
Double Bonus 7/5 97.94 percent
Double Bonus 6/5 96.99 percent
Jacks or Better 6/5 96.67 percent
Triple Double Bonus 8/5 99.14 percent
Triple Double Bonus 7/5 98.19 percent
Triple Double Bonus 6/5 97.24 percent

This table groups the variants together by pay table, so you can see which payout schemes offer the most bang for your buck. Bonus Poker Deluxe using the 7 / 5 pay table is a better bet than the same game on a 6 / 5 pay table, and so on down the list.

The table below takes the same data and sorts it by payback percentage, so you can easily decide which game / pay table combination offers the best expected return:

Chase the Royal Poker Payback Percentages (By Payback)

Double Bonus 9/6/5 99.83 percent
Triple Double Bonus 8/5 99.14 percent
Double Double Bonus 8/5 98.92 percent
Double Bonus 9/6/4 98.40 percent
Triple Double Bonus 7/5 98.19 percent
Double Bonus 7/5 97.94 percent
Bonus Poker Deluxe 7/5 97.67 percent
Triple Double Bonus 7/5 97.24 percent
Double Bonus 7/5 96.99 percent
Bonus Poker Deluxe 7/5 96.88 percent
Jacks or Better 7/5 96.67 percent
Double Bonus 7/5/4 95.34 percent

As you can see, the most advantageous game found in Chase the Royal Poker is Triple Double Bonus using the 8 / 5 pay table. This configuration clocks in with a 99.14 percent payback rate, which is just above the 99.00 percent threshold video poker enthusiasts use to separate good games from bad ones.

Of course, the three games (Double Double Bonus on 8 / 5; Double Bonus on 9 / 6 / 4; and Triple Double Bonus on 7 / 5) offering better than 98.00 percent are still playable, given the fun factor added by Chase the Royal mode. But we wouldn't recommend playing any of the formats which bring back a payback under 98.00 percent, as that's just too sharp of a drop from the video poker baseline of 99.54 percent.

Finally, we've added full information on the best pay tables used for all five variants found on Chase the Royal Poker machines. Be sure to read through the hand rankings carefully, and take note of the differences between chased and dealt hands. Chased royals pay less than the dealt variety, but you can earn a bonus pay when you chase and make a straight or a flush:

Jacks or Better

6 / 5 Jacks or Better 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Dealt Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 10000
Chased Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
Four of a Kind 25 50 75 100 125
Full House 6 12 27 36 45
Chased Flush 12 24 36 48 60
Flush 5 10 15 20 25
Chased Straight 10 20 30 40 50
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Three of a Kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two Pair 2 4 6 8 10
One Pair (J's or Better) 1 2 3 4 5
All Other 0 0 0 0 0

Bonus Poker Deluxe

6 / 5 Bonus Poker Deluxe 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Dealt Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 10000
Chased Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
Four of a Kind 80 160 240 320 400
Full House 6 12 18 24 30
Chased Flush 12 24 36 48 60
Flush 5 10 15 20 25
Chased Straight 10 20 30 40 50
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Three of a Kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two Pair 1 2 3 4 5
One Pair (J's or Better) 1 2 3 4 5
All Other 0 0 0 0 0

Double Bonus Poker

7 / 5 / 4 Double Bonus Poker 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Dealt Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 10000
Chased Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
Four of a Kind (Aces) 160 320 480 640 800
Four of a Kind (2s - 4s) 80 160 240 320 400
Four of Kind (5s - Ks) 50 100 150 200 250
Full House 7 14 21 28 35
Chased Flush 12 24 36 48 60
Flush 5 10 15 20 25
Chased Straight 10 20 30 40 50
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Three of a Kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two Pair 1 2 3 4 5
All Other 0 0 0 0 0

Double Double Bonus Poker

8 / 5 Double Double Bonus 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Dealt Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 10000
Chased Royal 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
Four Aces (2 / 3 / 4 kicker) 400 800 1200 1600 2000
Four 2s / 3s / 4s (A / 2 / 3 / 4) 160 320 480 640 800
Four Aces 160 320 480 640 800
Four 2s / 3s / 4s 80 160 240 320 400
Four Ks - 5s 50 100 150 200 250
Full House 8 16 24 32 40
Chased Flush 12 24 26 48 60
Flush 5 10 15 20 25
Chased Straight 10 20 30 40 50
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Three of a Kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two Pair 1 2 3 4 5
One Pair (J's or Better) 1 2 3 4 5
All Other 0 0 0 0 0

Triple Double Bonus

8 / 5 Triple Double Bonus 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Dealt Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 10000
Chased Royal 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
Four Aces (2 / 3 / 4 kicker) 800 1600 2400 3200 4000
Four 2s / 3s / 4s (A / 2 / 3 / 4) 400 800 1200 1600 2000
Four Aces 160 320 480 640 800
Four 2s / 3s / 4s 80 160 240 320 400
Four Ks - 5s 50 100 150 200 250
Full House 8 16 24 32 40
Chased Flush 12 24 26 48 60
Flush 5 10 15 20 25
Chased Straight 10 20 30 40 50
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Three of a Kind 2 4 6 8 10
Two Pair 1 2 3 4 5
One Pair (J's or Better) 1 2 3 4 5
All Other 0 0 0 0 0

Chase the Royal Poker Strategy Tips

With five different variants on tap, each with its own distinct optimal strategy chart to study, this page just doesn't have room for all of them.

With that in mind, we point you to our main game pages on

Simply click on the link for your preferred game type, and scroll down to the strategy section to find a full primer on proper play for that variant.

Because the Chase mode doesn't change base game play at all, you should be applying basic optimal strategy for each variant throughout a session. In other words, don't deviate from the Jacks or Better plays you know are best just because you're on a new machine. Just stick with the tried and true plays, and approach those Chase situations as they come.

As far as the Chase the Royal mode is concerned, the only strategy you need to know is twofold:

  • Always bet the maximum of 5 coins (to activate Chase mode AND to earn the royal flush jackpot)
  • Always take a Chase the Royal opportunity when it arrives

With the added equity provided by easier chances to hit a royal - they'll come in 4.39 times as often here compared to standard games - Chase the Royal Poker is best enjoyed by taking your shots. After all, if you're not going to enjoy the chase, you might as well be playing the original version anyhow.

Chase the Royal Poker Variants

Along with primary video poker family tree - your Jacks or Better, Double Double Bonus Poker, and Deuces Wild - game designers have been busy adding branches like Chase the Royal Poker.

IGT is nothing if not prolific, and when competitors like WMS Industries, Aristocrat, and Ainsworth are added in, you'll find hundreds of creative additions to the industry. Most new games piggyback of older designs, and while Chase the Royal Poker is pretty unique, it does have some close cousins.

The two games described below are the primary offshoots related in one way or another to Chase the Royal Poker:

  • Royal Hunt Poker - In this IGT product, players are rewarded with extra chances to hunt for the best hand in poker whenever a two , three , or four card royal draw presents itself. As a 3 Handed play game, you'll need to bet the maximum of 15 coins to activate the feature - one pitfall that Chase the Royal avoids altogether. But when you bet big, Royal Hunt Poker gives out six Bonus hands - or six different draws using the same royal flush cards. A downgraded pay table preserves the house's edge, but you can still score big time when the royal comes in - and it can hit multiple times in one hand to add extra excitement.
  • Bonus Royals Poker - This game, produced by WMS Industries, isn't exactly related to Chase the Royal, other than the fact that it prioritizes royal flushes. Well, all video poker games do that, but in this version, max bettors will earn 1,000 coins per coin wagered with a 5,000 coin royal flush jackpot. That improves on the Jacks or Better model of 800 coins per, and other than that increase, both games are essentially the same.

Where to Find Chase the Royal Poker Games (Online or Off)

As a product of IGT, the Chase the Royal concept can only be found on the company's branded slot machine models.

But while most players are familiar with the IGT lineup of Game King machines, which are ubiquitous within the world of video poker, you won't find Chase the Royal there.

Instead, IGT has packaged its Chase the Royal product within its All Star Poker machines, a model which is designed around different features like Five Aces, Spin Poker, and Double play. While they're not as popular as Game King machines - which offer most of the standard video poker games and associated variants - All Star Poker machines do fill quite the niche within the casino industry.

Video poker purists prefer Game King machines because they offer no frills, standardized game play. But most recreational players enjoy loosening things up when they can, which is where All Star Poker machines come into play.

You can check out this YouTube video demonstrating the All Star Poker machine and you won't have to wait long at all to see Chase the Royal in action.

When the video begins, the game screen is set to its main menu, with the player toggling between game types. You can see those game types along the left hand side of the screen, and at the 0:04 second mark, the player switches from Five Aces mode to Chase the Royal. This should give you a great idea of what to look for the next time you find an All Star Poker machine.

Fortunately for fans of Chase the Royal, the worldwide scope of IGT as an industry leader ensures that All Star Poker machines can be located in almost every casino around. A second All Star Poker machine (All Star Poker II, naturally) has also been released, but only the original carries Chase the Royal.

But, as this convenient search function from shows you'll find more than 1,100 of these All Star Poker machines in 250 casinos across North America.

Obviously, the Silver State is home to the highest density, and because Sin City is the world's gambling mecca, we've provided a handy listing of every All Star Poker machine location in Nevada:

Carson City Machines
Bodine's 7
Cactus Jack's Senator Club 2
Carson City Nugget 2
Casino Fandango 4
Comstock Casino 2
Gold Dust West 5
Pioneer Crossing Dayton 2
Slotworld 3
Elko Machines
Gold Dust West 2
Red Lion Inn and Casino 3
Ely Machines
Hotel Nevada & Gambling Hall 1
Prospector Hotel and Gambling Hall 1
Fernley Machines
Fernley Nugget 2
Gardnerville Machines
Topaz Lodge and Casino 3
Henderson Machines
Barleys Casino & Brewing 3
Club Fortune Casino 5
Eldorado Casino 2
Emerald Island Casino 6
Fiesta Henderson Casino Hotel 10
Green Valley Ranch Station Casino 25
Greens Supper Club 2
Jokers Wild 4
Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino 8
Skyline Casino 2
Sunset Station Hotel & Casino 12
Wildfire Boulder 4
Wildfire Lake Mead 2
Wildfire Sunset 3
Incline Village Machines
Grand Lodge Casino 9
Las Vegas Machines
Aliante Casino & Hotel 16
Aria Resort & Casino 1
Arizona Charlies Boulder Casino, 2
Arizona Charlies Decatur Casino 3
Bellagio 16
Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel 1
Bubby's University 1
Caesars Palace 3
Casino Royale 4
Century Gaming Technologies 4
Circus Circus Hotel Casino Las Vegas 2
Dotty's / Dotty's Kmart 1
Eclipse Gaming 1
Encore 5
Excalibur Hotel & Casino 5
Fiesta Hotel & Casino 2
Gold Coast Hotel & Casino 2
Golden Nugget (LV) 4
Golden Route Operations 16
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 2
Hooters Casino Hotel 2
Jett Gaming 10
Kopper Keg South 1
Luxor Hotel and Casino 7
Main Street Station Hotel, Casino and Brewery 8
Mandalay Bay 9
MGM Grand Hotel Casino 3
Michael J. Gaughan Airport Slot 6
Mirage 6
Monte Carlo Resort & Casino 2
Nevada Gaming Partners, LLC 7
New York 3
Orleans Hotel & Casino 17
Palace Station Hotel & Casino 13
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino 12
Plaza Hotel & Casino 1
Putter's Bar & Grill Tropicana 7
Rampart Casino at the Resort 2
Rebel Slots Inc 2
Red Rock Casino Resort Spa 10
Rounders Grilling & Gaming Co 1 1
Sam's Town Hotel, Gambling Hall 15
Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino 17
Short Line Gaming 1
Silver Sevens Hotel Casino 1
Silverton Casino 10
South Point Hotel and Casino 8
Speedee Mart #114 1
Suncoast Hotel & Casino 2
The M Resort Spa and Casino 6
Tropicana Las Vegas 4
Tuscany Hotel and Casino 5
Venetian Resort Hotel Casino 6
Westgate Las Vegas 5
Wild Wild West Gambling Hall & Hotel 1
Wildfire Casino 1
Wildfire Casino & Lanes 5
Winchell's Pub & Grill 2
Wynn Las Vegas 10
Laughlin Machines
Aquarius Casino Resort 15
Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino 3
Edgewater Hotel & Casino 4
Golden Nugget Laughlin 5
Riverside Resort & Casino 8
Tropicana Laughlin 4
Mesquite Machines
Casablanca Resort & Casino 15
Eureka Hotel Casino 2
Virgin River Hotel & Casino 6
Minden Machines
Carson Valley Inn 14
Sharkeys Casino 4
North Las Vegas Machines
Cannery Resort Hotel Casino 1
Poker Palace 1
Silver Nugget Casino and RV Park 1
Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel 10
Pahrump Machines
Pahrump Nugget Hotel &Gambling Hall 2
Primm Machines
Buffalo Bills Resort & Casino 3
Primm Valley Resort & Casino 6
Whiskey Pete's 1
Reno Machines
Atlantis Casino Resort 1
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino 3
Peppermill Hotel Casino Reno 1
Sands Regency Hotel & Casino 2
Silver Legacy Resort Reno 4
Silver Springs Machines
Silver Springs Nugget 2
Stillwater Gaming 4
Sparks Machines
Nugget Casino Resort 7
Rail City Casino 4
Western Village 1
Stateline Machines
Lakeside Inn 2
Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa 3
Winnemucca Machines
Parker's Model T 1
Yerington Machines
Lucky Club 2
Pioneer Crossing Yerington 1

While land based options for Chase the Royal are abundant all over America and Canada, if you're looking for online versions of the game though, you're out of luck.

IGT is notoriously protective of its machine games and features, and although the company does maintain a digital footprint through 777igt, you won't find Chase the Royal at any online casinos.


Chase the Royal is one of those games video poker purists - ourselves included - tend to scoff at.

Until they play it for themselves.

Introducing "novelty" elements like the three card royal option can be risky business, because making changes to the fundamental foundations of video poker can mess up a good thing. Introducing side bets, non skill games, or other features may be fun for the masses, but too much change turns video poker into something else entirely.

Thankfully, the game designers at IGT erred on the side of caution with Chase the Royal. By sticking with the framework established by classic games like Jacks or Better and Double Double Bonus, and adding just the one wrinkle, IGT combined the best of both worlds.

You'll still be playing straight up video poker, albeit on a weaker pay table, for the majority of hands you encounter. But every so often, you'll get to Chase the Royal, all without spending extra coins in the form of a side bet, or running through slot machine style games of chance.

Every video poker player is shooting for the royal flush, but those 1 in 40,000 odds in normal play make it quite the long shot. But by reducing those odds to 1 in 8,000, or five times easier, Chase the Royal gives everyone an attainable goal.

All in all, we're big fans of this game, and we hope you give it a try to see for yourself. And hey, maybe you'll land a few royals and find yourself a new favorite game.

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