How to Play Hot Roll Poker Video Poker

If you like your video poker with a sprinkling of craps thrown in for good measure, it’s hard to find a game better than Hot Roll Poker video poker. The idea behind the game is that an extra bet brings players the chance of a hefty multiplier on one of their lines in multiple play mode. This multiplier is determined by a pair of rolling dice on the screen.

Hot Roll Video Poker Logo

For some people, basic video poker is enough excitement for them. Others prefer a little more stimulation than the usual deal-draw format found in Jacks or Better. That’s why manufacturers first created Bonus video poker, with its top-heavy pay tables, and wild-card video poker, which allows for rare hands to become much more possible.

Then there are the games which add a completely new dynamic while also allowing players the exposure to all of the video poker types listed above. Hot Roll Poker is one of those games. For thrill-seeking players, it is a popular variation on common video poker found in casinos and on gambling websites.

The cool thing about Hot Roll Poker is that it doesn’t require any new strategy on the player’s part. All you have to do is decide whether or not you want to double your maximum bet. If you don’t, you can play the game as you would any typical video poker game.

But if you do, you have a chance at receiving a multiplier on one or more of the lines of video poker you are playing. That multiplier can be anywhere from 2x to 12x. As you might have guessed from the name of the game, 2 through 12 are the numbers that you can possibly achieve in a roll of two six-sided dice.

Considering that Hot Roll Poker video poker is only available in multiple play mode, which already ups the unpredictability, this is a video poker game that can cause wild swings in your bankroll. But it also provides the opportunity for quick winnings in a very short time. For those who prefer that kind of action to the grinding type more commonly associated with Jacks or Better video poker games, this variation is most welcome.

In the following article, we’ll explain the ins and outs of Hot Roll Poker. We’ll talk about how to play a basic video poker game, and then explain what multipliers and multiple play add to the scenario. Finally, we’ll look at some of the pay tables you can play while on one of these machines, and we’ll discuss strategy for the game as well.

Playing Basic Video Poker

It is hard to imagine a casino game more player-friendly than video poker. If you’ve never played it before, it is a quick learning process, especially if you understand basic poker hands. Once you’ve learned the basic game, it is an easy process to step up and play Hot Roll Poker.

What makes video poker so enticing is that it takes the best parts of table games and slot machines and rolls them into one. Like slot machines, the game can be played as a solo experience, just you and the machine. If you’re a person who gets nervous about dealing with other casino patrons or employees, this makes it ideal.

Video poker isn’t a completely random experience like slot machines, however, which don’t give you any say in whether you win or lose. You can employ strategy when playing video poker, which is something you can’t do with slots. Some probabilities give you an indication of your chances of winning.

Video poker resembles table games like blackjack or roulette, paying off at near the same rate or even better than most competitive table games. It all adds up to one very impressive package which is why many people play only video poker in casinos or at gambling websites.

First, you need to know how to play. Here is an easy, step-by-step look at the process of playing a common video poker machine.

Insert Your Money

There is a slot on the machine where you can insert cash. Video poker machines in a casino will also accept redemption tickets from that same casino. The amount that you enter will show up on the display screen as credits or coins.

How many credits or coins will depend on the denomination of the game that you choose. Many machines come with a set denomination, such as a nickel or a dollar, while others let you choose. Your credits will be equal to the amount of money that you inserted divided by the denomination.

If you are playing video poker online, you will need to create an account first with your website of choice. This usually requires you giving your information and entering a credit card number or some other method of payment. Once you have done this, you can allot a certain amount to use as your bankroll for video poker.

Making Your Bet

In normal video poker, the amount that you can bet is between one and five coins. As we said earlier, Hot Roll Poker video poker is a bit atypical in that it allows you to bet an extra amount to activate a feature on the game. The extra amount is equal to double the maximum wager or 10 coins (two times five).

If you choose to play Hot Roll Poker without betting the 10 coins, it is advised that you at least bet five coins. The reason for this is that you can only get the payout for the royal flush hand at the highest ratio bet of five coins. Your payout odds for the royal flush drop considerably if you play one through for coins.

In any case, you can toggle through the different betting amounts using a button on the machine. Or you can simply hit “Max Bet” every time if you do choose to take our advice. The amount that you bet will be immediately deducted from the credits that you have.

Playing Your Video Poker Hand

Once you have decided on your bet, simply hit the button that says “Deal” on the machine. Five cards will appear on your screen. Your chances of receiving a card in each of the five slots will be one in 52, just as if you were playing with a 52-card standard deck at home.

From these five cards, you’ll try to make a hand that will return you some winnings. Different video poker games will alter these hands slightly, depending if there are wild cards involved or kickers included, but the basic group of winning hands can be narrowed down to these:

  • Pair of jacks or better
  • Two pair
  • Three of a kind
  • Straight (five cards of consecutive rank like 4-5-6-7-8)
  • Flush (five cards of the same suit, like hearts or spades)
  • 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)

You might be lucky to see one of these winning hands in your initial deal. Even if you don’t, chances are you’ll have at least a few cards which are the starting point for one of these hands. The good news is that you can improve your hand in the draw round.

In the draw round, you have the chance to discard some or all of your cards (or none if you love your initial hand). The cards that you do get rid of will be replaced with cards from the same deck you were dealt. This means that you will have a one in 47 chance of receiving one of the remaining cards, and it also means that you can’t get one of the cards you discarded back in your hand on the draw.

The draw round is where your strategy comes into play. For example, take a look at this deal:

Poker Hand 7 Hearts 8 Hearts 9 Hearts Jack Hearts Jack Spades

In this hand, you have a pair of jacks which is already a winning hand in most video poker pay tables, but it also pays off only a small amount. If you held onto the jacks, your hand could conceivably improve to hands like two pair, three of a kind, a full house, or even four of a kind.

On the other hand, you have four hearts in the hand, and you are just a ten of hearts shy of a straight flush. Should you choose to discard the jack of spades, you could go in that direction. You might get another heart for a flush or get the ten of hearts which would give you a huge payoff.

These decisions come up on many hands of video poker. Some are easier than others, but you will get better at making them the more you play. Or you can check out the Strategy section below to learn how to make the right decision every single time.

Once you have made that decision, you need to press the “Hold” buttons for any and all of the cards that you wish to keep. Then hit the “Draw” button once you are all set. The machine will replace your cards, and the hand will be over, with the machine adding to your credits if you made a winning hand.

One Other Note On Deals And Draws:

They are completely random. Software inside the machine (or on the website if playing online) ensures that. This means that you should never make decisions based on cards that might or might not have appeared before on the machine that you’re playing, because this has no bearing on subsequent hands.

Playing Again or Cashing It In

You can continue playing in this manner as long as you still have some credits in the machine. If at any time, you want to call it a day, you can get a ticket that shows the amount of money you have left. All you have to do is hit the “Cash Out” or “Redeem” button.

This ticket can be used at other games in the casino or can be exchanged for cash. If you run out of credits, you will have to replenish them to continue playing. Simply go back to step one, and start the process all over again.

Those are the basics of video poker. Now, you’re ready to move on and learn how to play Hot Roll Poker video poker.

Playing Hot Roll Poker Video Poker

The first thing you need to know about Hot Roll Poker is that, when encountered in casinos, the game requires you to play in multiple play mode. This basically means that you will be playing several hands at once, in this case, either three, five, or ten at a time.

Multiple play mode also requires you to make a bet for each hand. Hot Roll Poker is somewhat of an expensive form of video poker, and that’s especially so if you want to have exposure to the multipliers.

As we said before, you have to double the max bet of five coins to activate the twist which means ten coins per hand. If you are playing three, five, or ten coins at a time, then you’ll need to bet 30, 50, or 100 coins at a time.

Even if you play the game normally and only do the max bet of five coins per hand, you’re still talking about 15, 25, or 50 coins in one fell swoop. This is a lot of money to commit to at a single time but, with the way multiple play mode is set up, you can win a lot in a hurry as well.

In multiple play mode, you will only receive one deal to govern all of the hands that you’re playing. Let’s take an example. Imagine that you receive the following deal while playing three hands at a time:

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

After studying the hand over, you decide that you are going to keep the eight, nine, ten, and jack in the hopes of getting a straight. Those four cards will then be held in each of the three hands that you are playing. The draw for each will come from the 47 cards that are remaining but from a different set of those 47 cards for each draw.

It could turn out like this:

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

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

Poker Hand 8 Spades 9 Diamonds 10 Clubs Jack Spades 3 Hearts

In the first hand, you made your straight. The second hand gave you a pair of jacks. On the third hand, you ended up with nothing.

Let’s total up your winnings, based on five coins played and a Jacks or Better pay table:

  • Hand 1: Straight = 20 coins
  • Hand 2: Pair of Jacks = 5 coins
  • Hand 3: Loser = 0 coins

Adding it up, you won 25 coins. Subtracting your initial 15-coin wager, you came away with 10 coins of profit.

That example is actually a modest one. Imagine if you were dealt a winning hand like three of a kind or a flush or better. Imagine if that played out over multiple hands. Your winnings could really skyrocket.

Of course, the inverse is also true. You might end up with a lousy deal. In that case, you might get lucky and improve it on one or maybe even a few of your multiple hands. But you could also lose every single one.

That is the risk you run with multiple play video poker. You make that tradeoff for the reward. And when you add in the multipliers in Hot Roll Poker, those rewards really get interesting.

Multipliers in Hot Roll Poker Video Poker

Let’s now walk you through the extra feature in Hot Roll Poker. Again, you can activate it by betting 10 coins for each of the hands you are taking on in multiple play mode. That feature allows you the chance to pick up a multiplier on one or more of your hands.

A multiplier, as the name implies, multiplies whatever winnings you have on a hand. Let’s say that you have a hand that ends up being a full house. On the highest-paying Jacks or Better pay table with five coins wagered, that is a 45-coin payoff.

Now, imagine that you have a 10x multiplier for that hand. You would multiply 45 coins by 10. As a result, your winnings would be a hefty 450 coins.

In Hot Roll Poker video poker, your chances of receiving a multiplier are roughly one and six. When you do get one, it will register on your screen as a pair of dice rolling. These dice will either appear during the deal or during the draw, and they will appear one (or possibly more) of the hands you are playing.

When they do appear, the amount of the multiplier will be determined by the dice roll, anywhere from 2 to 12. Your chances of receiving a specific multiplier will be the same as your chances of coming up with a certain roll of the dice. As anyone who has ever played craps can tell you, 7 is the most likely roll, with the other rolls becoming less likely as they move outward in both directions, with 2 and 12 being least likely.

Multipliers only apply to hands that you win, however. If you get a multiplier on one of your lines of Hot Roll Poker and you lose that hand, you are essentially multiplying by zero. It can be a frustrating aspect of the game to see those multipliers show up and not get anything out of them.

On top of that, you have to consider that you are wagering twice the normal amount, but the payoff isn’t doubled. It stays at the same level that it would be for five coins. You are essentially paying for the right to get a multiplier once in a while.

For those reasons, Hot Roll Poker is about as volatile as it comes when you’re talking about video poker. If you’re playing for a short while and want a better chance at sudden, significant payoffs, this is the kind of game for you. This is especially true if you don’t mind losing all your real money video poker bankroll quickly.

If you want to play this type of game for a long period of time, you have to realize that you will need a big bankroll behind you. Otherwise you could find yourself without any money in your bankroll if you have a bad start. Eventually, the luck will swing around in your favor and the multipliers will start coming your way, but you need to have the money behind you to take advantage of it.

Pay Tables for Hot Roll Poker

As we mentioned above, Hot Roll Poker is one of those video poker games that allows you to choose the kind of pay table that you want to play. There might be different reasons for your choices. It might come down to the fact that you are familiar with a certain pay table and you know how to strategize for it.

It also might come down to what style of play you want. If you choose a volatile pay table like some of the more aggressive Bonus games, you are essentially doubling down on the unpredictability that is already a big part of Hot Roll Poker when the multipliers are activated. You open up the possibilities of massive payouts but also increase your chances of burning out your bankroll.

On the other hand, you might want to choose a pay table like Jacks or Better. Since it is a relatively low-volatility pay table, you can balance out some of the wild swings of the multiple play and multipliers. Again, it comes down to whatever you feel comfortable with during gameplay.

Here are some of the top pay tables available when playing Hot Roll Poker. These are the full-pay versions of these particular games which means that they offer the highest average payback to players. Keep in mind that you might run into some pay tables of these specific versions that will pay you less.

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 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 2 4 6 8 10
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5

Bonus Poker 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) 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 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

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

Other games generally included in a Hot Roll Poker machine include:

  • Bonus Poker Deluxe
  • Deuces Wild Bonus
  • Double Bonus
  • Joker Poker
  • Super Aces Bonus Poker
  • Super Double Bonus Poker

Payback Percentages for Hot Roll Video Poker

Money and Percent SignThe interesting thing about the payback percentages for Hot Roll Poker is that they are pretty much identical whether or not you are playing with the multipliers. You can check on each of the individual games and pay tables to see what the exact payback percentages are.

Remember that payback percentages are only an average and might not govern your own video poker experience. For example, just because you are playing full-pay Jacks or Better, which has a payback percentage of 99.54%, does not mean that you will end up with $9,954 if you play $10,000 in the machine. You might get lucky or unlucky with such a small sample size.

But as you continue to play the game for a long period of time, your return will more closely resemble that 99.54%. Any game that returns over 99% is highly recommended. Even though it’s not quite an even money return, you can compensate for that by earning casino or online rewards and perks for playing the game so often.

All you have to do is decide whether the multiplier feature is worth the trouble. In the case of Hot Roll Poker, it’s a pretty tough decision, and it’s one you can’t really get wrong. You just have to judge based on your own tolerance for volatility and risk.

Strategy for Hot Roll Poker Video Poker

You will determine your strategy for Hot Roll Poker video poker based on which game you are playing. If you were playing Jacks or Better, you might have a different hold and discard for a certain deal than you would if you were playing Triple Double Bonus. It’s all a matter of learning what the right plays are for each particular pay table.

What are the best ways that you can do that? Here are two:

  • Video Poker Software Training: This is downloadable software, as a computer program or a smartphone app, that lets you play sample hands of video poker with various pay tables. When you make a mathematically incorrect play, the software will let you know. By playing with this software often, you can master your Hot Roll Poker play.
  • Strategy Charts: Strategy charts can be printed from online sources for all of the games listed above. You then compare your hand to the chart which ranks the best possible combinations you can get on the deal. Memorizing a strategy chart will also help you achieve perfect play.

Conclusion on Hot Roll Video Poker

As far as excitement goes, it’s hard to top Hot Roll Poker video poker, whether you’re playing at a casino or visiting a top gambling website. The multipliers will really thrill you and boost your chances for huge winnings on just a hand or two of play. But you have to be prepared to pony up big bets to have those opportunities.