Aces and Eights video poker is a variant of Bonus Poker. The game was introduced last decade on Game King machines and at online casinos powered by RealTime Gaming. Unfortunately for fans of the game, it never really caught on, so it is nearly impossible to find at land-based casinos today.
One exception is at Circus Circus on the Las Vegas Strip. That is where the game is spread in half dollars with the best paytable. The game has a progressive and a bonus for making a sequential royal flush. This is the best video poker game on the Strip. It returns 100.25% before the progressive, according to VPFree2.com.
How to Play Aces and Eights Video Poker
Starting a hand of Aces and Eights video poker is easy; choose the denomination and bet five coins. This turns the royal flush payout into 800-1. On the Circus Circus games, it also activates the progressive jackpot. Betting 1-4 coins makes it so that a royal flush only returns 250-1. This increases the house edge by more than 1%. Wagering five coins is easy – simply click the max bet button and cards will then be dealt automatically.
If you prefer 1-4 coins, click the bet one button the appropriate number of times. After that, click deal.
Once you receive five cards, click the screen above the cards that you would like to keep. Alternatively, you can click the button on the machine below the cards. Clicking the draw button will replace the discards. The hand ends and the video poker machine will pay out based on the best hand based on the following:
Royal flush: 800-1 (250-1 when betting 1-4 coins)
Four aces or eights: 80-1
Four sevens: 50-1
Straight flush: 50-1
Other four of a kind: 25-1
Full house: 8-1
Three of a kind: 3-1
Two pair: 2-1
Pair of jacks or better: 1-1
It is easy to start a new hand. Simply click the deal button again to repeat the bet. The bet amount can be changed by clicking the bet one button for every coin you would like to wager. Click deal after the desired amount is displayed and cards will be dealt again. When you are ready to leave, click the cash out button on the screen.
Aces and Eights Strategy
Always keep the five dealt cards when you receive a full house, four of a kind, straight flush or royal flush. If dealt any other hand, follow the list below from top to bottom to determine which cards to hold. Keep a dealt flush or straight unless it includes four to a royal flush. In that case, hold the four royal cards and discard the odd one.
Four to a royal flush
Three of a kind
Four to a straight flush
Pair of jacks or better
Three to a royal flush
Pair of eights
Four to a flush
Ten, jack, queen and king
Pair of twos through sevens and nines and tens
Four to an open-ended straight
Three to a straight flush with two cards jack or higher
Jack, queen, king and ace
Two suited cards jack and higher
Three to any remaining straight flush
Jack, queen and king
Two suited cards jack and higher, keeping lowest two if one is an ace
Suited ten with a jack or queen
Bare jack, queen or king
*If none of the above applies, discard all five cards and receive a new hand.