Poker Ride is a popular poker game played at casinos. This game has a progressive jackpot for you to win which is currently worth $198,289 (at the time of writing). On average, this jackpot pays out $196,147 every 49 days. It was last hit on 16th April 2016, awarding $200,737 at that time. One thing to mention here is that Poker ride quite resembles another casino game called the Let it Ride but Poker Ride specializes as a progressive game powered by Microgaming.
What is Poker Ride game about?
Poker Ride is a progressive variation of video poker. In most variants of Video Poker you are dealt with a hand of five cards to make a poker hand. You can then choose to discard any or all of their cards and be dealt replacement ones from the pack. If you then achieve a hand that is a prize winner, then you receive the payout. If not the cards are reshuffled and a new game begins.
This is the way that most video poker games pan out, with the player making an initial wager and then earning a prize based on a factor of that initial bet, depending on the strength of their hand. In Poker Ride, things are slightly different. In this game the player places their Ante bet down which can be as little as 0.50 per game up to a maximum bet of 100. A standard deck of 52 cards is then shuffled by the computer and the player is then dealt a hand which consists of three cards face up, with a further two cards above them dealt face down. It is important to note that there are no Wild Cards in this game at all, all cards are face value alone.
How to play Poker Ride Progressive Jackpot?
The objective in this game is to compile the best five-card hand possible Also like conventional table poker, you will make an initial “ante,” along with bets after the first and second “rounds” of play. There is also a bet of fixed value that is optional and can be placed before each hand you play, which qualifies you for the progressive jackpot.
Progressive Poker Ride is played with a standard deck of 52 cards, with no wild cards. The cards are shuffled before each game, to affect a random nature of the deal.
You will have prompts that ask you to Call or Raise. There is the optional “side bet” of one credit before each round of play starts, as well as an ante bet of one unit that is the amount of which is determined by your coin size. When you click “Deal,” you are dealt three cards face-up, while the dealer receives only two cards, face-down. After you receive your cards you can make the decision to either Call or Raise. Raising will require an additional wager to be placed, while calling will not.
Then, like a “flop” in Hold’em, another card – your fourth, which also happens to be one of the dealer’s cards – is turned over, and the process of raising or calling happens again. At the time the fifth card that is the remaining face-down card in front of the dealer is dealt, the game is over and the result is instantly known.
It comes down to whether you have compiled a winning hand or not. Expertise and strategy come into play where you evaluate the strength of your hand, and make the decision between calling and raising accordingly.
The one-unit side bet that is made before each hand goes toward the pool which from which the progressive jackpot is eventually paid out. Get a Royal Flush and you’ll win the jackpot. Get a Straight Flush and you wil be paid 10% of it.
The Payout table is as follows:
- Pair of Tens or Better – Even Money
- Two Pairs – 2/1
- Three of a Kind – 3/1
- Straight – 5/1
- Flush – 8/1
- Full House – 11/1
- Four of a Kind – 50/1
- Straight Flush – 200/1
- Royal Flush – 1000/1
How to win Poker Ride Progressive Jackpot?
To stand a chance of winning the progressive a player has the option to place a 1 credit side bet at the start of each hand. Doing so means you qualify for the progressive jackpot prize if you are lucky enough to trigger it.
The way you can win the progressive is by landing a Royal Flush in your hand. This not only pays you out at 1000/1 but if you placed your progressive jackpot side bet, you’ll also win the progressive fund in full.
However, if you don’t quite manage to win the full progressive with a Royal Flush, but hit a straight flush instead, you receive a payout of 200/1 plus you earn an additional cash prize of 10% of whatever the progressive jackpot fund was at the time you hit it.
Given that the progressive prize can run into 100,000 and well beyond, this is a considerable win in its own right.