Game Summaries

As an aid in identifying the best games, here we summarize the common pay tables for selected games. We have also computed, for each game, the "breakeven progressive" -- that is, the size of the progressive required to make it a 100% game with perfect play.

The breakeven progressive figure can be used to determine whether a game's progressive jackpot is high enough to make the game a 100% return. Check the paytable and the game's progressive against the breakeven progressive shown. If the game's progressive is higher, the game's return is 100% or better, and presents an excellent playing opportunity.

Notice that the higher the breakeven progessive, the higher the game's variance. This is because the jackpot makes up a larger portion of the game's total return. When the "breakeven progressive" is exceptionally high, you should be aware that even though the game returns 100% counting the jackpot, if you fail to hit the progressive jackpot, the likelihood of walking away from the game with a loss is higher. This is because the game is more reliant on the rare jackpot hand as a larger portion of its total return.


Jacks or Better
Jacks or Better
Bonus Poker
Bonus Poker
Double Bonus Poker
Double Bonus Poker
Double Double Bonus Poker
Double Double Bonus Poker
Deuces Wild
Deuces Wild
Bonus Poker Deluxe
Bonus Poker Deluxe
Triple Bonus Poker Plus
Triple Bonus Poker Plus
Aces & Faces
Aces & Faces
Double Aces & Faces
Double Aces & Faces
All American/USA Poker
All American/USA Poker
Paytable Expected
Return
Game
Variance
Breakeven
Progressive
Breakeven
Variance
9/6 99.54% 19.51 4,880 30.16
9/5 98.45% 19.51 6,785 58.90
8/6 98.39% 19.34 6,822 59.65
8/5 97.30% 19.32 8,666 95.54
7/5 96.15% 19.17 10,519 141.70
6/5 94.99% 19.04 12,341 194.43



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