Progressive Payoffs

Progressive Payoff Video Poker

Video Poker is a casino game based on five-card draw poker. It is played on a computerized console which is a similar size to a slot machine.

Like slot machines, video poker machines also have progressive payoff a version. A progressive payoff is generally shared by a bank of 10 or 12 or more video poker machines. A percentage of each wager placed in the video poker machine is added to the payoff, which is won when the royal flush is hit.

The most common progressive video poker game is an 8/5 Jacks or Better game. The payout chart for a progressive 8/5 Jacks or Better game is typically exactly the same as for the non-progressive version, with the only difference being the progressive payoff on the top payout.

An 8/5 Jacks or Better video poker game generally offers a payout percentage of 97.3%, or a house edge of 2.7%. But on a progressive payoff video poker machine, as the jackpot rises, the payout percentage increases. Eventually, when the jackpot gets big enough, this game can actually move from being a negative expectation bet to being a positive expectation bet for the player.

Eight thousand six hundred and sixty five coins is the break-even point on this game. When the jackpot gets to that amount, then the game becomes even-odds. Every coin above that amount puts the game more in favor of the player, and if you're going to play, then that's the time to start playing.

But the progressive payoff meter on a progressive video poker game won't show the jackpot in coins. It's going to show the jackpot as a dollar amount, which you'll need to convert to a coin amount to determine if the game has become a positive expectation game.

On a quarter video poker game the jackpot needs to be $2,166.25, and on a dollar game the jackpot needs to be $8,665.

Remember, even though the game might be at a positive expectation, winning the progressive payoff can still be tricky, because someone else might hit the payoff before you do.