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Joker Poker

Joker Poker is one of three principal Video Poker games that have been modified to create most of the games that are available today. Joker Poker changes the basic Video Poker game by adding a Joker card to the deck (making a 53 card deck). This card is a Wild card (a card that can be used as whatever card in the deck is most beneficial to the player).

There are two paytable variants for Joker Poker – Kings or Better or 2 Pair or Better. The vast majority of casinos use the Kings or Better variant, but casinos operating on IGT software offer both versions and Wager21 and PlayNGo software exclusively uses the 2 Pair or Better variant.

RealTime Gaming casinos use the Kings or Better variant but offer it with a bonus for a Sequential Royal Flush. This is a Royal Flush dealt in hand order – 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace – from left to right.

For ease of comparison, the below table displays the best House Edge for Joker Poker available at each software provider;

Some notes on the tables below;

– We’ve included both the 5 coin House Edge and the House Edge when playing 1-4 coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are the same and as such only one figure is listed. To find the house edge/paytable for 2-4 coins just multiple the 1 coin figure by the number of coins.

Kings or Better

Software5 coins House Edge
BetOnSoft1.06%
BetSoft1.91%
Bwin/Pary2.69%*
Cryptologic1.06%
DGS0.69-1.93%
Dragonfish3.62%**
EGT0.68%
GamesOS1.40%
GameSys-0.02%
IGT0.80%
Microgaming1.40%
Net Entertainment2.05%
OpenBet1.56%
Playtech1.40%
Realtime Gaming1.57%***
Rival1.40%
SkillOnNet1.53%****
TopGame1.40%
Vuetec3.10%
Wager Gaming Solutions1.40%

* We don’t recommend playing with any casino using Bwin/Party software due to increased risk of player issues.
** We don’t recommend playing with any casino using Dragonfish (888) software due to increased risk of player issues.
*** Available at Club World casinos.
****We do NOT recommend playing with any SkillOnNet casinos due to software fairness issues that were previously detected on their Video Poker games. The House Edge figures are only accurate if the game operates fairly.

Two Pair or Better

Software5 coins House Edge
IGT1.53%
PlayNGo4.99%
Wager211.30-10.19%*

*It is highly likely that Wager21 software does not operate in a random fashion and as such the figures included in this article while accurate for a fair game are likely inaccurate.

Online we’ve found Joker Poker Video Poker all major software providers. The paytables for the different softwares are displayed below;

Betsoft

BetSoft5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000250
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 8517
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge1.91%3.06%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 3.06%.

Bwin/Party

Bwin/Party5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000400
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 6012
Full House408
Flush306
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge2.69%3.49%

* This game is called ‘Mega Joker Poker’

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 3.49%.

* We consider the Bwin/Party group to be a poor choice for players in terms of a high risk of player issues.

Cryptologic

Cryptologic5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000500
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 9018
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge1.06%1.74%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 1.74%.

Digital Gaming Solutions (DGS)

DGS5 coins1-4 coins
Royal FlushJackpot250
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 10020
Full House306
Flush204
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge0.69-1.93%3.57%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 3.57%.

**Very limited information is available on this Jackpot. The only figure we’ve found is $1840 which equates to 7360 coins. We assume that the seed value is 5000 coins. If you have seen a higher Jackpot figure please email us a screenshot. The break even value for this jackpot is 8650 coins or $2163.

Dragonfish (888)

Dragonfish5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000400
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 7515
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge3.62%4.49%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 4.49%.

* Due to various player issues we do not recommend playing with any casino using Dragonfish software.

 

 

EGT

EGT5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4750500
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 9018
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge0.68%1.74%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 1.74%.

GamesOS

GamesOS5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush5000750
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 8517
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge1.40%2.04%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.04%.

** Called ‘Joker Wild

GameSys

GameSys (Normal)5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush1250250
5oaK750150
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 9018
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge2.67%2.67%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.67%.

GameSys (No House Edge)5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush2000400
5oaK1125225
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 10020
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge-0.02%-0.02%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at -0.02%.

*The negative House Edge value indicates a player advantage. As GameSys casinos take a 10% fee of net winnings at the end of any session, this figure is not representative of the actual situation.

IGT

IGT5 coins1-4 coins
5oaK4700400
Royal Flush500100
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush500100
4oaK 8016
Full House408
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
House Edge1.53%6.45%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 6.45%.

IGT1 coin
Royal Flush400
5oaK200
Wild Royal Flush125
Straight Flush50
4oaK 18
Full House7
Flush5
Straight3
3oaK2
2 Pairs1
Kings or Better1
House Edge0.80%

* Only a 1 coin variant available. Payouts proportionate at all bet sizes.
We’re also aware of an offline Joker Poker game offered by IGT that uses the following paytable;

IGT5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000400
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 10020
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge-0.65%0.22%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 0.22%.

** The negative House Edge indicates a player advantage.
Another offline Joker Poker game offered by IGT uses the following paytable;

IGT5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush5000500
5oaK500100
Wild Royal Flush25050
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 10020
Full House5010
Flush306
Straight255
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge-10.52%-9.47%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at -9.47%.

* The negative House Edge indicates a player advantage.
Another offline Joker Poker game offered by IGT uses the following paytable;

IGT5 coins1-4 coins
5oaK4000400
Royal Flush500100
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush500100
4oaK 8016
Full House408
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
House Edge2.81%6.45%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 6.45%.

Microgaming

Microgaming5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush5000750
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 8517
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge1.40%2.04%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.04%.

Net Entertainment

Net Entertainment5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000400
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 7515
Full House408
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge2.05%2.93%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.93%.

* This game is called ‘Joker Wild’ at Net Entertainment casinos.

Novomatic

Novomatic1 coin
Dealt Royal Flush2018-12998
Royal Flush400
5oaK200
Wild Royal Flush100
Straight Flush50
4oaK 15
Full House7
Flush5
Straight4
3oaK2
2 Pairs1
Kings or Better1
House Edge0.64-2.17%

* The Novomatic Joker Poker does not function on a multi-coin bases.
* The Novomatic Joker Poker is called Jokers Wild
* The Jackpot values in the above table are drawn from our own observations and may not be the complete range of values.
* The breakeven value for this jackpot is 17600. When looking at the different values for the Jackpot, divide the Jackpot figure by the bet size to get the Jackpot value.

OpenBet

OpenBet5 coins1-4 coins
5oaK4700940
Royal Flush1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 8517
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge1.56%1.56%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 1.56%.

PlayNGo

PlayNGo5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000250
5oaK500100
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush20040
4oaK 10020
Full House459
Flush306
Straight204
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
House Edge4.99%6.05%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 6.05%.

Playtech

Playtech5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush5000750
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 8517
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge1.40%2.04%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.04%.

Realtime Gaming

Realtime Gaming (Bodog group)5 coins1-4 coins
Sequential Royal Flush20000500
Royal Flush4000250
5oaK750150
Wild Royal Flush40080
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 10020
Full House306
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge1.52%2.69%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.69%.

Realtime Gaming (Club World, Jackpot Capital and Deck Media group)5 coins1-4 coins
Sequential Royal Flush10000500
Royal Flush4000250
5oaK750150
Wild Royal Flush40080
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 10020
Full House306
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge1.57%2.69%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.69%.

* There are usually 3 paytable variants for RealTime Gaming software.  We’ve only encountered 2 Joker Poker paytables at quality groups – two with Sequential Royal Flush payouts and one without –  but this does not mean others aren’t possible. There are relatively few RealTime Gaming casinos that we would recommend playing with and the paytables we have found have been taken from those few groups that maintain a positive reputation.

Rival

Rival5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush5000750
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 8517
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge1.40%2.04%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.04%.

Saucify

BetOnSoft5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000800
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 9018
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge1.06%1.06%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 1.06%.

SkillOnNet

SkillOnNet5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush3000400
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 9018
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge1.53%1.93%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 1.93%.

* We do NOT recommend playing with any SkillOnNet casinos due to software fairness issues that were previously detected on their Video Poker games. The House Edge figures are only accurate if the game operates fairly.

TopGame

TopGame5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush5000750
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 8517
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge1.40%2.04%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.04%.

Vuetec

Vuetec5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush5000750
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 7515
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge3.10%3.74%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 3.74%.

Wager21

Wager215 coins1-4 coins
Royal FlushJackpot750
5oaK375200
Wild Royal Flush250100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 10017
Full House357
Flush255
Straight203
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
House Edge1.30-10.19%11.49%

*It is highly likely that Wager21 software does not operate in a random fashion and as such the figures included in this article while accurate for a fair game are likely inaccurate.
* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 11.49%.
*This is a progressive jackpot game. The breakeven jackpot value for this game is $23660.

Wager Gaming Technology

 

Wager Gaming Solutions5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush5000750
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 8517
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge1.40%2.04%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.04%.

 

 

Ultimate X Bonus Poker variants

 

Ultimate X is a game variant that allows a 10 coin feature to be played that gives a multiplier to any win on the hand AFTER a winning hand. We have not encountered Ultimate X at any online software providers.

Joker Poker6 coins5 coins1-4 coinsPaytable Multiplier
Royal Flush400040002502
5oaK100010002002
Wild Royal Flush5005001002
Straight Flush250250502
4oaK 8585172
Full House353576
Flush252556
Straight151535
3oaK101024
2 Pairs5513
Kings or Better5512
House Edge1.77%1.91%3.06%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 3.06%.

 

Multi-Strike Joker Poker variants

Multi-Strike Video Poker is a Video Poker variant that allows you to play 4 hands in a single round with an increasing win multiplier for each hand that you win. Currently we are only aware of Multi-Strike Joker Poker being offered offline and at Microgaming online casinos.

Joker Poker (Microgaming)5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush5000750
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 8517
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
Auto-Complete Royal Flush10020
House Edge%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.04%.

Joker Poker (Wager Gaming Technology)1-4 coins
Royal Flush3000
5oaK400
Wild Royal Flush400
Straight Flush200
4oaK 68
Full House28
Flush20
Straight12
3oaK8
2 Pairs4
Kings or Better4
House Edge2.84%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.84%.

Joker Poker (IGT - offline)5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000400
5oaK1000200
Wild Royal Flush500100
Straight Flush25050
4oaK 10017
Full House357
Flush255
Straight153
3oaK102
2 Pairs51
Kings or Better51
House Edge-0.83%-0.08%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at -0.08%.

 

 

Super Times Pay Bonus Poker Variants

 

Super Times Pay is a game variant that allows a 6th coin to be played that randomly awards hands a win multiplier of 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 or 10. We have not encountered Super Times Pay at any online software providers.

Joker Poker (Kings or Better)6 coins5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush40004000400
5oaK10001000200
Wild Royal Flush500500100
Straight Flush25025050
4oaK 909018
Full House35357
Flush25255
Straight15153
3oaK10102
2 Pairs551
Kings or Better551
House Edge0.79%1.06%1.93%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 1.93%.

Joker Poker (2 Pairs or Better)6 coins5 coins1-4 coins
5oaK40004000400
Royal Flush500500100
Wild Royal Flush500500100
Straight Flush500500100
4oaK 808016
Full House40408
Flush25255
Straight20204
3oaK10102
2 Pairs551
House Edge2.54%2.81%6.45%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 6.45%.

 

Paytable Analyser

If you encounter a different paytable you can use our Paytable Analyser to find the House Edge for the game.

*** NOTE: there are 3 versions of Joker Poker on Nolan’s site: King+, 2 Pair+ and Seq. Royal ***

 

Strategy Calculator

To find out the correct play for individual hands use our Strategy Calculator which will tell you the correct cards to hold for the paytable you are playing.

 

Strategy Trainer

If you intend to play a lot of Joker Poker we would advise learning the optimal strategy for the game you’ll be playing. Below you’ll find a strategy trainer that will allow you to practice the game and correct you when you make mistakes;

*** NOTE: there are 3 versions of Joker Poker on Nolan’s site: King+, 2 Pair+ and Seq. Royal ***

 

*All figures in this article rely on use of a strategy optimized to the specific paytable in use. Use of any other strategy will increase the House Edge. You can find the optimized strategy for any paytable using the calculators on this page.