Haywire Poker Video Poker

When you are playing Haywire Poker video poker, you should be prepared for multipliers to appear randomly throughout your gameplay. What’s even more exciting is the fact that the appearance of a multiplier means that you will have the chance for that multiplier to move throughout all of the hands you have going in your multiple play mode. As a result, your winnings can really receive a boost when you see one of those multipliers show up on your screen.

Haywire Video Poker Button Logo

Video poker is a game that is meant to mimic the game play of the card game known as Five-Card Draw. Players are dealt five cards and try to make the best possible poker hand out of that deal and a subsequent draw round. Once you’ve played the most basic version of the game known as Jacks or Better for a while, you might wish for some sort of twist on the format.

That is where a game like Haywire Poker video poker comes into play. On the one hand, it is exciting, because it gives you access to many different offshoots of video poker, including wild card games and bonus pay tables which allow you the chance for more jackpot payments. It also allows you to play multiple hands at a time, so you can really benefit from an excellent deal.

But where Haywire Poker really amps up the excitement is through the use of multipliers. A multiplier does just as it sounds, multiplying the winnings for a great hand. And, in this game, the multipliers work their way, deal after deal, through all of the hands that you are playing, giving you many chances to benefit from their appearance.

Unfortunately, this bonus feature doesn’t come without a drawback. To activate the multiplier option on Haywire Poker, you must bet an extra three coins past the normal amount of five, making it necessary to bet eight coins per hand. That means, when the multipliers don’t show up, you might have a hard time keeping your video poker bankroll afloat.

In the following article, we’ll explore the intricacies of Haywire Poker and how the game’s twist changes your normal video poker experience. We’ll also look at some of the pay tables available and how the twist affects payback percentage. Finally, we’ll look at how to learn strategy for the game and what the overall benefits and drawbacks of this game are compared to normal video poker.

How to Play Basic Video Poker

As we mentioned above, video poker simulates the card game known as Five-Card Draw poker. If you know how to play that, video poker will be a snap. And once you know the basic game, advanced variations such as Haywire Poker are also easy to learn.

Even if you don’t have an idea of what five-card draw is like, you’ll learn video poker quickly as long as you understand how to make various poker hands. And even if you are a complete novice, the game is still pretty simple to learn once you sit at a machine, or play a free version online perhaps, for a few minutes.

Video poker really stands out among casino games for the way it mimics the best parts of table games and slot machines. Like table games, it depends on strategy, and it is also governed by probabilities, meaning that you can sort of estimate what your takeout from the game should be. Yet it also resembles slot machines in how it allows you to play against the machine, which means no pressure from casino patrons or employees.

Let’s walk you through what it takes to play a basic hand of video poker. Follow this, and you should be able to walk into a casino, or visit a gambling website, and start playing without any problem. Once you have this down, we can move on to the intricacies of multiple play and the twist to Haywire Poker video poker.

Step 1: Building a Bankroll

You begin video poker play in a casino by inserting cash into a machine, or you can put in a ticket which acts as credit for that particular casino. When playing online, you’ll have to create an account with the website that you’re using, if you are playing for money, and then fund that account.

The money that you put into the machine will be rendered as credits or coins. Each unit of credit will be equal to the denomination of the machine that you choose, such as a quarter, a dollar, and so on. To figure out your bankroll to start, simply divide the amount that you put in by the denomination.

You should put in credits based on how long you want to play and each particular game’s “risk of ruin.” “Risk of ruin” is just a fancy term for how likely it is that your bankroll will be exhausted. The risk of ruin will depend on which of the games that you choose, as Haywire Poker  will give you exposure to many different types of video poker that can be played with the Haywire twist.

Step 2: Making a Bet

You can make a choice about how many credits to bet every time that you play Haywire Poker. Most video poker games allow you to bet anywhere from one to five credits. But this particular brand of video poker allows you up to eight credits to activate the special feature.

As you will see when we get to the payback percentage section of this article, betting the eight credits actually gives you a slight advantage in terms of your takeout from Haywire Poker. But it isn’t that much higher than if you were to play five credits per hand which means that you wouldn’t get the multipliers bonus. What you shouldn’t do is settle for one through four credits, as that costs you the chance at the biggest payoff for a royal flush.

Step 3: Playing a Hand

Once you make your bet, you will receive five cards on the screen. These cards will be similar to what you might receive from a 52-card deck. Each deal will be completely random, and no previous deals on that machine (or online game) will have any bearing on the ones ahead.

Your hope is that the five cards you are dealt will give you a winning hand. Here are the most common winning hands in video poker:

  • Pair of jacks or better
  • Two pair
  • Three of a kind
  • Straight (five cards of consecutive rank like 2-3-4-5-6)
  • Flush (five cards of the same suit)
  • Full house (three of one rank and a pair of another in the same hand)
  • Four of a kind
  • Straight flush (five cards of consecutive rank and same suit)
  • Royal flush (10 through ace of the same suit)

Even if your hand doesn’t make a winner, you still have the chance to improve it. You can do that during the draw round. On the draw, you can drop the cards that aren’t helping you and have them replaced by other cards from the same deck that dealt you the first five cards.

To do this, simply press the “hold” buttons on the machine below the cards that you wish to keep. Once you have the ones that you want held, you can hit the “Draw” button to see what you will get. After the draw, your hand is scored, and any winnings will be added.

The ability to choose which cards you want to hold and which you want to discard is what sets video poker apart from slots which contain no real strategic element. You have to decide based on your probabilities of making certain hands. You have to weigh this against how much each winning hand pays, judging the risk against the reward for every single hand that you play.

Step 4: Continuing Play or Cashing Out

You can stop playing video poker at any time you want by cashing out your remaining credits. The machine will print out a ticket showing how much money you have remaining which you can redeem for cash or use elsewhere in the casino. If you run out of credits at any point while playing video poker, you will have to insert more to continue playing.

That is video poker in a nutshell. Since Haywire Poker is a multiple play game, let’s examine how that works.

Multiple Play Video Poker

Whether you encounter Haywire Poker in a casino or on an online casino website, it is generally only available in multiple play mode. You can usually choose between playing three, five, or ten hands at a time. The key to understanding how this works is to realize that, even though you will be playing multiple hands, you will receive only one deal.

Let’s examine how this might work for three-play video poker. First of all, you have to make a bet for all three hands that you are going to play. Remember that we stated above that you’re advised to bet at least five coins per hand and, if you’re really going to play Haywire Poker, you should play eight coins per hand.

If you follow that advice, it means that you will be betting either 15 or 24 coins for every round of triple play you attempt in Haywire Poker. That can be a pricey endeavor, obviously, and perhaps one that is not suited for casual players. Ideally, if you do make those wagers, you would be winning enough to offset the heavy bets.

Since we will be explaining the multipliers below, let’s just say for this example that you are only playing five coins per hand, meaning that the multipliers are not involved, and the hands will be played normally. And let’s say that you receive the following deal in triple play mode:

8 Spades 9 Hearts 10 Hearts Jack Spades And Jack Clubs Poker Hand

You have to decide which cards to keep for the draw and which to discard. Your decision will govern all three of the hands that you play. Faced with the choice of drawing to a possible straight or going with the pair of jacks, you decide upon the pair, discarding the eight, nine, and ten.

Your draws will all come from the 47 cards that are remaining after that five-card deal. But they will come from separate simulated decks. That means that you conceivably could receive the same cards in the different draws.

Here is an example of how the draws might turn out:
4 Hearts 4 Spades Ace Spades Jack Spades Jack Clubs Poker

10 Clubs 10 Spades Jack Hearts Jack Spades Jack Clubs Poker

2 Hearts 3 Spades Ace Spades Jack Spades Jack Clubs Poker

The first hand improved to two pair, while the second hand improved to a full house. On the third hand, you didn’t improve, but the pair of jacks is already a winning hand if you were playing Jacks or Better-style video poker. As a result, let’s tabulate your winnings based on a standard Jacks or Better pay table and five coins wagered:

  • Hand 1: Two Pair = 10 coins
  • Hand 2: Full House = 40 coins
  • Hand 3: Pair of Jacks = 5 coins

Adding it all up, you win 55 coins. After subtracting your 15-coin initial wager (5 coins times 3 hands), you made a profit of 40 coins.

Multiple play mode with five and ten hands works in the same way except the deal gets stretched out to even more hands. As you can see from that example, you can really take advantage of a good or great deal in a way that you can’t in single play mode. But keep in mind, multiple play will really damage your bankroll if you go several deals in a row and come up empty.

Haywire Poker Multipliers Feature

You now know how to play basic video poker and how to use multiple play mode. That means we can explore the special feature of Haywire Poker. This special feature is a multiplier that continues to appear until it makes its way through all of the hands that you are playing.

To activate the multiplier, you have to bet eight coins per hand. Let’s imagine that you are playing in triple play mode. That means it will take 24 coins wagered to have access to the multipliers.

A multiplier basically works as it sounds: It multiplies the amount that you win on a hand. Thus, if you win 15 coins on a hand and you receive a 2x multiplier, your winnings are boosted to 30 coins, or 15 times two.

The first thing you have to realize is that, even playing the 24 coins to activate the feature for Haywire Poker, you may not get the multiplier on a given deal. In fact, the chance of your receiving a multiplier is only slightly above 10%. Luckily, the multiplier really is worth your while when it appears.

When it does appear, it will appear on the bottom hand of however many hands you are playing.

Multipliers can be any of the following, and you have an equal chance of receiving any of these:

  • 2x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • 5x
  • 6x
  • 8x
  • 10x
  • 12x

Let’s say that you get a deal in triple play Haywire Poker and you receive a 5x multiplier on the bottom hand. Obviously, the multiplier will only help you if you manage to have a winning hand on the bottom hand. A losing hand means that you are multiplying five with 0 which is still 0.

Once you finish that hand, the next deal comes. The multiplier will then move up to the middle hand, and it will be redrawn. That means it can be any one of the eight amounts shown above.

Again, the hope is that you manage a winning hand in that middle row of cards. Once that hand is complete, you might be able to guess what happens next: the multiplier, again redrawn for one of the eight possibilities, moves up to the top row of cards.

After that, the multiplier drops off, and you will play the hands normally. You always have the chance to get another one which would work its way up the line in the same fashion. If you’re lucky, you might have the multiplier boost one, two, or even three winning hands.

Now, imagine the multiplier in five-play or ten-play mode. It will affect that many more hands, moving up the line until finally reaching the top. Again, you can imagine how this could really boost your normal winnings.

One Other Note:

You might get a multiplier on the bottom hand bestowed on you even while there is another multiplier working its way through the lines on its way to the top. So, you might get—you guessed it—multiple multipliers, which is a tongue-twister that you will want in every way!

This all sounds great, but you also have to realize the downside to Haywire Poker. As we stated above, you will only be getting multipliers on the deal barely more than one out of every ten hands. When you consider how much you’ll be wagering, the lack of multipliers can really start to hurt.

On top of that, you have to remember that the pay tables are based on five-coin wagers. For example, if you had a pair of kings in a Jacks or Better format, playing in normal mode, you would end up winning your original bet of five coins back. But playing with the multipliers, you would essentially be losing three coins on the deal because you would be winning five coins back on an eight-coin wager.

Those are some of the things that you have to take into consideration when playing Haywire Poker. It is a thrilling game when you get lucky with the multipliers, as you can make a profit in a much faster fashion than if you were playing normal video poker. The inverse of that is true as well, meaning that you can also lose in a hurry.

Pay Tables Available for Haywire Poker Video Poker

Haywire Poker is the kind of game that gives you access to most of the major pay tables in video poker. These pay tables should help dictate your strategy which we’ll talk about when we get to the strategy section. They also will show how much you can expect to take out of the game on an average session., and we’ll talk about this when we get to payback percentages.

For now, here is a look at the highest-paying pay tables available in Haywire Poker:

Jacks or Better Pay Table

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
Four of a kind 25 50 75 100 125
Full house 8 16 24 32 40
Flush 5 10 15 20 25
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Three of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two pairs 2 4 6 8 10
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5

Bonus Poker

Coins/Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
Royal flush 200 400 600 800 4,000
Straight flush 50 100 150 200 250
Four of a kind (aces) 80 160 240 320 400
Four of a kind (2s, 3s, or 4s) 40 80 120 160 200
Four of a kind (any other) 25 50 75 100 125
Full house 8 16 24 32 40
Flush 5 10 15 20 25
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Three of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two pairs 2 4 6 8 10
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5

Double Bonus Pay Table

Coins/Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
Royal flush 200 400 600 800 4,000
Straight flush 50 100 150 200 250
Four of a kind (aces) 160 320 480 640 800
Four of a kind (2s, 3s, or 4s) 80 160 240 320 400
Four of a kind (any other) 50 100 150 200 250
Full house 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 7 14 21 28 35
Straight 5 10 15 20 25
Three of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two pairs 1 2 3 4 5
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5

Double Double Bonus Pay Table

Hand/Coins 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight flush 50 100 150 200 250
Four aces w/ any 2,3,4 400 800 1200 1600 2000
Four 2s, 3s, 4s w/ any A,2,3,4 160 320 460 640 800
Four aces 160 320 460 640 800
Four 2s, 3s, 4s 80 160 240 320 400
Four 5s through Ks 50 100 150 200 250
Full house 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 6 12 18 24 30
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Three of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two Pairs 1 2 3 4 5
Pair of jacks + 1 2 3 4 5

Triple Double Bonus Pay Table

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
Four of a kind – aces 2, 3, 4 kicker 800 1600 2400 3200 4000
Four of a kind – 2s, 3s, or 4s A, 2, 3, or 4 kicker 400 800 1200 1600 2000
Four of a kind – aces 5s – Ks kicker 160 320 460 640 800
Four of a kind – 2s, 3s, or 4s 5s – Ks kicker 80 160 240 320 400
Four of a kind – any other 50 100 150 200 250
Full house 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 6 12 18 24 30
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Three of a kind 2 4 6 8 10
Two pairs 1 2 3 4 5
Pair of jacks + 1 2 3 4 5

Deuces Wild Pay Table

Coins/Hands 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
Royal flush 250 500 750 1,000 4000
Four deuces 200 400 600 800 1000
Wild royal flush 25 50 75 100 125
Five of a kind 15 30 45 60 75
Straight flush 9 18 27 36 45
Four of a kind 5 10 15 20 25
Full house 3 6 9 12 15
Flush 2 4 6 8 10
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
Three of a kind 1 2 3 4 5

Payback Percentages for Haywire Poker Video Poker

In each case with the pay tables above, the payback percentages for the game rise slightly when you are dealing with the multipliers’ version of Haywire Poker video poker. But it is only by a small amount in each case.

Money With Percent Sign
For example, the highest payback percentage of all the games listed above, using the multipliers’ version of the game, is 99.38% for Bonus Poker. Playing the normal version of Bonus Poker, with five coins wagered and no multipliers, will get you 99.17%.

The games listed above range from 98.37% (Triple Double Bonus) to 99.38% (Bonus Poker) in multiplier mode. Those are all pretty good percentages. You can easily make up the 1% to 2% in average losses by playing often and garnering casino or online rewards.

There are, however, lesser-paying versions of these games under the Haywire Poker video poker umbrella depending on where you encounter them. Keep an eye on the pay tables and compare them to the ones above. When you see that there might be certain games with lesser payouts for specific hands, you have to realize that your expected payback percentage will be affected negatively.

Remember that payback percentage is only an average and that your own personal experience might be different, especially since luck is involved. This is especially true when you only play the game for a short time. But if you play Haywire Poker video poker for a long stretch, you can expect your percentage to come close to matching the expected amount.

Haywire Video Poker Strategy Techniques

As we mentioned above, Haywire Poker video poker, and all video poker for that matter, gives you the chance to employ a strategy. A poor strategy will negatively impact your winnings in the long run. But if you play the game perfectly, in terms of making the right choice on holds and discards each and every time, you can reach the listed payback percentage when playing the game for a long time.

Keep in mind that all of the different versions of Haywire Poker, from Jacks or Better to Triple Double Bonus to Deuces Wild, requires different strategies. For example, a hold and discard that you make with a certain deal in Jacks or Better might not be the correct play in Double Double Bonus. You have to tailor your strategy to the exact pay table that you are playing.

How do you do that? Here are the two most effective ways:

  • Strategy Charts: A strategy chart lists all of the possible seeds of winning hands you might receive on a deal, then ranks them according to the most valuable. You can then compare what you have in your hand to the chart and discard the cards that aren’t needed. There are strategy charts readily available for all of the pay tables listed above by looking on the internet.
  • Video Poker Training Software: When you buy or download free video poker training software, you can simulate gameplay. More importantly, you will get suggestions along the way about the hand you are playing in terms of what you should hold and discard. The best video poker training software will allow you to customize gameplay and training according to the pay table that you are using.

Pros and Cons of Haywire Poker Video Poker

Benefits of Haywire Poker VP

  • Chances for huge winnings with a great deal
  • Playing with multipliers increases those chances even further
  • You can choose among many possible pay tables
Drawbacks of Haywire Poker VP

  • Very expensive to play the game with the multipliers
  • Bankroll will diminish quickly without some multipliers showing up
  • Payback percentages might not be as high as what you will find in basic versions of video poker

Finals Words on Haywire Poker Video Pokker

There is no doubt that Haywire Poker, whether you play it at a brick-and-mortar casino or on a reliable gambling website, builds the excitement level by the of multipliers making their way through your hands. The question is whether those multipliers are worth the expense to activate them. If you can afford the high bets, you’ll find that the answer is ultimately “yes.”