How to Play Mega Jacks Progressive Video Poker

Mega Jacks is a video poker game that carries a networked progressive jackpot. It was developed by PlayTech, a top tier online casino software brand. It is a very popular game, but would have been more appropriately named ‘Jacks or Better Progressive Video Poker’, since that is essentially all it is.

As an avid connoisseur of video poker knowledge, I found the term ‘Mega Jacks’ to be a little deceptive. It applies only to the fact that it takes two Jacks or better to win, and it has a progressive jackpot. The Jacks are not wild and do not offer higher payouts for a hand of, say, Four of a Kind in Jacks.

As a progressive video poker game, there is a variable jackpot that increases with every maximum bet placed across all Mega Jacks games on the PlayTech network of online casinos. This means the jackpot can increase at a rather rapid rate. The jackpot is only activated when betting the maximum 5 coins, and is released by achieving the highest possible hand, a Royal Flush.

All PlayTech video poker games offer a Double feature, and a Half-Double feature. Whenever a hand wins any amount, the player is given an option to risk all or half of their winnings on a double-or-nothing bet.

Let’s take a look at the basic screen options of Mega Jacks Progressive Video Poker.

Optional Coin Sizes: £0.05, £0.10, £0.25, £0.50, £1, £2, £5
Coins per Play: 1 to 5
Min / Max Bet: £0.05 / £25
Max Payout: Progressive Jackpot
Lowest Winning Hand: Pair of Jacks or Better

How to Play Mega Jacks Progressive Video Poker
Start by clicking the plus (+) or (-) buttons to set the coin size. Next, press Bet One for each coin you wish to play, then press Deal to start the game. If you wish to bet the maximum five coins, which is recommended to activate the progressive jackpot, simply press Bet Max. This will bet all 5 coins and automatically deal the cards.

Five cards are dealt face-up as your starting hand. You may choose any cards you wish to keep by clicking on the HOLD button on or below that card. Any card you choose to keep will say HELD on it. All other cards will be discarded in the draw phase.

Once you’ve selected all cards to keep, press Deal and all discarded cards will be replaced with new ones, while the HELD cards remain in place. The result will represent your final 5-card hand. If it ranks high enough to win with a Pair of Jacks or anything better, you will win the amount on the pay table that corresponds with the hand’s rank. If you do not achieve a Pair of Jacks or better, the bet is lost.

PlayTech incorporates a Double and Half-Double feature that is activated anytime a player wins an amount up to 2000 coins. It is a simple Hi-Lo game with a double-or-nothing bet. To risk all of your winnings, press Double. To risk half of your winnings, press Half-Double. To decline the Hi-Lo game, press Collect and your current winnings are credited to your account.

Mega Jacks Progressive Video Poker Double and Half-Double Feature
When you choose to play the Double or Half-Double feature, five cards are dealt, but only the first is visible. You must click one of the remaining four cards. If the card you choose ranks higher than the first house card, you win the bet. If not, the bet is lost and the game returns to Mega Jacks Video Poker mode.

Anytime a player wins the Double or Half-Double feature, they can once more choose whether to play the Double or Half-Double game, or Collect their winnings.

Mega Jacks Progressive Video Poker Pay Table

Royal Flush
Bet 1: 250
Bet 2: 500
Bet 3: 750
Bet 4: 1000
Bet 5: Progressive Jackpot

Straight Flush
Bet 1: 50
Bet 2: 100
Bet 3: 150
Bet 4: 200
Bet 5: 250

Four of a Kind
Bet 1: 25
Bet 2: 50
Bet 3: 75
Bet 4: 100
Bet 5: 125

Full House
Bet 1: 9
Bet 2: 18
Bet 3: 27
Bet 4: 36
Bet 5: 45

Bet 1: 6
Bet 2: 12
Bet 3: 18
Bet 4: 24
Bet 5: 30

Bet 1: 4
Bet 2: 8
Bet 3: 12
Bet 4: 16
Bet 5: 20

Three of a Kind
Bet 1: 3
Bet 2: 6
Bet 3: 9
Bet 4: 12
Bet 5: 15

Two Pair
Bet 1: 2
Bet 2: 4
Bet 3: 6
Bet 4: 8
Bet 5: 10

Pair of Jacks or Better
Bet 1: 1
Bet 2: 2
Bet 3: 3
Bet 4: 4
Bet 5: 5