All American

If you played Jacks or Better before, All American Poker would be quite familiar to you. Both are in fact the same game, other than a difference in terms of prize amounts. However, All American Poker (AAP for short) has a very important advantage: The “full pay” version offers the highest payback ratio among all video poker machines. Unfortunately, you are unlikely to find this version because it is no longer produced. You can still find it rarely in some land-based casinos and if you are lucky enough to find one, start playing immediately! (Check out the payout table to see if it's a full pay version. If the quads return 50 bets that means you literally hit the jackpot.)

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AAP is not a poker category, but the name of a video poker game produced by Bally. (There is another version produced by IGT, called USA Poker.) As we mentioned above, this is a Jacks or Better variation and played according to draw poker rules. It has a simple, fast gameplay and satisfying rewards. Unlike most variants of this kind, it succeeds in making a worthwhile difference when compared to the original game. You also do not need a big budget to play. Because the level of difficulty is low, it appeals to all kinds of players.

All American Poker Gameplay

Depending on the version you are playing, the interface will change, but the standard layout will still be there. So the pay table is on the top, the controls are at the bottom, and the cards are in the middle. You have to place a wager before starting the game. The bet amounts start at $ 0.01 and can go up to $ 20.00. All you need to remember is that, like other games of this kind, AAP uses a dynamic reward system. So in order to qualify for the highest payout, you must play with the highest bet amount. The awards you can qualify based on the bet levels are:

Name of the Hand

Payout (according to wager)

R. Flush

250

500

750

1.000

4.000

St. Flush

200

400

600

800

1.000

4 of a Kind

34

68

102

136

170

F. House

8

16

24

32

40

Flush

8

16

24

32

40

Straight

8

16

24

32

40

3 of a Kind

3

6

9

12

15

2 Pair (Jacks or Better)

1

2

3

4

5

This list also shows the card hierarchy used in the game. Your goal is to create one legal hand from this list using the dealt cards. There are 2 dealings at each round. The first time, you get 5 cards. You can keep the want, and remove the ones you do not need. (Click on the cards to hold them.) In the second dealing, the cards you removed will be replaced by new ones. Of course, you can discard all your cards and can get 5 new cards too. This decision is the most important thing in such games. Which cards will you hold and which ones will you discard? The decision is yours, but we recommend following these simple recommendations:

  • If you have a pair in your hand, always hold it. You are more likely to turn a pair into 3 of a Kind.
  • If the cards in the first dealing do not form any combination, keep the high-valued ones in your hand. Contrary to Deuces Wild, there is no wild feature in this game.
  • Focus on 4 of a Kind, Straight, and 3 of a Kind combinations. Flush and Full House are very unlikely to come, so do not invest in this possibility. The table below shows the probability of each poker hand.

Gameplay is quite fast, even every round only runs for seconds. Of course, if you do the probability calculations, it will be longer. In any case, you can start a new game using the "deal" button. We have mentioned above that the AAP is different from Jacks or Better in terms of prize amounts. Looking at the payout table, this is more understandable: AAP pays more for Flush and Straight hands, and pays less for Full House and Pairs. Apart from that, there is no significant difference between the two games.

Bets, Paybacks, and Odds

As mentioned above, only 0.01 coin is enough to play All American Poker. But to tell you the truth, playing with such a low bet will not be worth it. Video poker games are designed to be played with the highest wagers, which we recommend that you do. When determining your tactics and strategies, consider the possibilities of card combinations. You can see these possibilities in the list below:

Poker Hand

Odds of Happening (%)

Return to Player (%)

Royal Flush

0.002

1.77

Straight Flush

0.42

3.71

4 of a Kind

6.49

32.47

Full House

2.12

6.37

Flush

1.65

3.32

Straight

5.65

11.31

3 of a Kind

28.45

28.45

2 Pair (Jacks or Better)

54.68

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These calculations were made using a deck of 52 cards. If you include the Joker, the figures will change. For the same reason, it will be different for games like Deuces Wild because of the wild feature.

The AAP is a delightful game. Although it is not exactly an alternative to Jacks or Better, it still does offer some unique features. If you like video poker games, we suggest you try this variation too.