Why the progressive SupaJax Video Poker is a fun alternative to jackpot slots

There's no doubt that when it comes to progressive jackpot games, Mega Moolah is the king, but there are also a number of other progressive jackpot slots from Microgaming available to play that are a fun alternative.

Games like Major Millions, King Cashalot, Lots A Loot and Treasure Nile all attract plenty of players to have a few spins every month.

However, it is very easy to overlook the fact that alongside progressive jackpot slots, Microgaming also offer a number of progressive jackpot Video Poker alternatives. That's something of a pity, because Video Poker is one of the most player-friendly casino games available to play today and add into that the chance of a progressive jackpot and these games should perhaps be more widely acclaimed than they are.

As such, we are going to take a look at one of the top Video Poker progressives available from Microgaming today, SupaJax and examine it in a little more detail, including of course, information on how you can land that big progressive jackpot win. First let's explain a little more about Video Poker in general, especially for those who may not have tried the game as yet.

What is Video Poker?

Video Poker is a computerised version of the game of poker, although in this version, you do not play against any other opponent. The aim of the game is to achieve the best poker hand possible. The greater the strength of your poker hand, then the higher the pay out you will receive for your bet.

To achieve a win, a player must achieve a minimum level hand with their cards. What this minimum qualifying hand is differs from game to game, but usually it is a higher value pair of the same value card. This is usually either Jacks or Tens.

There are a number of different winning hands available, and the greater the odds of you landing the named hand, then the greater the value of the pay-out you will receive for it. The Royal Flush tends to be the number one pay out on most Video Poker slots, but by no means all.

A hand begins with a player placing their stake for which they receive five cards face up on screen. They can then select any number of cards in their hand that they wish to swap. Players can swap between zero and all five of the cards they have been dealt if they so wish.

Once the player has earmarked the cards they want to swap, they are removed from the screen and replacement cards issued in their place. The value of the players hand is then assessed and if they have landed a hand which triggers a cash prize, then the prize is awarded. If not, then the player can start a new hand by betting another stake.

What makes Video Poker games appealing to many casino punters is that they tend to offer a better return to player percentage than other games. That means that your chances of winning money playing the game tend to be slightly better than other types of casino games.

In addition, the ability to match symbols in the game also means that there is a strong crossover of players who enjoy both slot games and Video Poker. Indeed, when the first slot games landed in Australia many years ago, they were based on Poker and they have been called "pokies" in that part of the world ever since.

All forms of Video Poker are not the same however and there are subtle differences between each of the different types of game available, as we will find out when we take a look at the progressive SupaJax Video Poker game in more detail.

SupaJax in detail

The first thing to note is that SupaJax is a progressive jackpot game that has an initial seeded amount of 10,000. That can increase over time to well over 50,000 coins. Your stake can be as little as 1.00 per spin, or a maximum of 5.00 per spin, or any value in full £1 between. However, to stand a chance of winning the progressive jackpot, you do need to wager 5.00 per spin.

Once you have selected your stake the game will begin in the traditional way with the player receiving five cards. You can then select which to keep and which to discard.

After your discarded cards have been replaced, your hand is then analysed and if you are a winner, you are paid out. It all sounds like it is standard Video Poker, which it is, but with SupaJax there are a couple of key differences to the typical game.

The biggest difference is that instead of a standard 52-card deck used for the game, SupaJax uses a 53-card deck. The additional card is the SupaJax card. This card is key when it comes to awarding the progressive jackpot prize to a player.

You win the progressive jackpot in the SupaJax slot by landing the four other jacks from the deck in your hand alongside the SupaJax card. This is the highest paying combination in the game, ranking even higher than a Royal Flush. If you wagered between 1.00 and 4.00 for the game, you would win the standard jackpot prize, but if you wagered the maximum 5.00 for the game, then you trigger the progressive jackpot win.

Pays for the slot begin with hands of a pair of jacks or better and increase in the standard way, apart from the SupaJax hand outlined above, which is the highest paying hand. It is also important to note that playing 5.00 per hand will also see the value of the prize paid in the event of landing a Royal Flush increase in value compared to the same win when wagering smaller amounts.

For standard wins in the game, players can use a simple Gamble option to try and increase the value of the win by selecting from one of four cards to try and beat the value of the card that the dealer has drawn from the pack.

Change of Pace

Video Poker offers a nice change of pace to slot games without being so very different from slots. Firstly, you can use a little strategy to help you try and land more paying wins in Video Poker (there are strategy guides available which will explain to you what your best options are based on the cards that you hold in your initial hands, which cards you should keep and which you should discard).

With Video Poker tending to pay out more often too, it tends to be a game which does not have such a drain on your finances, while still offering you a chance at landing a progressive jackpot prize.

The game is also very easy to understand and once you have played a few hands, you will understand how the game works easily and be able to enjoy SupaJax as well as the other Microgaming Video Poker progressives too.

So if you feel like a short break from Mega Moolah at any point, then why not give the range of Microgaming Video Poker progressives a try?

Byline: This article was published by Mega Moolah expert Henry. Media and other enquiries.

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