Level up video poker

level up videopokerLevel up video poker is a type of video poker where each winning hand in a row brings you up to a better pay level, until you have reached the topmost pay level. If you lose a hand, you are brought down to the lowest pay level again.

Level up video poker was created to cater to the needs of players who enjoy high variance games. In general, a level up video poker game will have a lower statistical return to player (RTP) than its non-level up counter part.

Pay levels

  • When you start playing, a winning hand is paid according to the pay table. A winning hand will also cause you to move up to Pay Level 2.
  • At Pay Level 2, a winning hand is paid with a 2x-multiplier. So, if you get a winning hand that the paytable says is worth 500 coins, you will be paid 1 000 coins. A winning hand will also make you move up to Pay Level 3.
  • At Pay Level 3, the multiplier is 4x. Also, a winning hand will move you up to Pay Level 4.
  • At Pay Level 4, the multiplier is 8x. A winning hand on Pay Level 4 will not move you up to any new pay level, but you get to stay on Pay Level 4 and enjoy the benefits of the 8x multiplier.

The multipliers above are just examples of commonly used multipliers. It is of course possible for a game developer to use any kind of multiplier in Level Up video poker, and it is also possible to create games with fewer or more than four pay levels. Always check the rules for the specific Level Up video poker machine you wish to play on.

Level Up video poker games

Any type of ordinary video poker game can be turned into a level up video poker game. Examples of currently available options for the gambler are Tens or Better Level Up video poker, Jacks or Better Level Up video poker, Deuces Wild Level Up video poker and All American Level Up video poker.

PAF Mountain Climber

PAF Mountain Climber is a video poker game developed especially for Paf Casino. This game is only available in Paf Casino and is, in some ways, similar to more traditional level up video poker.

Unlike ordinary video poker games which tend to be rather rudimentary when it comes to graphics and special effects, PAF Mountain Climber is a cute little game where a mountain climber will symbolize your ascent. For each round you win, the mountaineer will get one step closer to the top of the mountain. For each round you loose, the mountaineer will descend two steps – either by climbing down or by being pushed down by an angry mountain goat.

N.B! Climbing up the mountain will not bring you to better and better pay levels. The aim of this game is instead to reach the top of the mountain where you will be rewarded with a special bonus game where you can win a lot of money.

How to play level up video poker

Level up video poker is played in the same way as the underlying game. So, Jacks or Better Level Up video poker is played like Jacks or Better video poker, All American Level Up video poker is played like All American video poker, and so on.

When you are at the lowest pay level, chose the size of your bet with care. Once you have ascended from the lowest pay level, you will not be able to adjust the bet size but has to keep on making bets of the same size as the initial bet. If you lose a round and is sent down to the lowest pay level again, you can pick a new bet size.

Some video poker machines will deal hands for all bet levels and put them on the screen as soon as you make your initial (lowest pay level) wager. However, only the lowest pay level hand will have face-up cards. If you win on this level, the cards on the next pay level will be turned from face down to face up, and so on.

Special features

Some level up video poker games come with special features, such as gamble feature, free ride and/or auto complete.

Gamble feature

A gamble feature will allow to you play a round of double or nothing with you win.

Free ride

A free ride is a special card in the deck. If you get this card, you are guaranteed to move up a pay level, even if you lose the round.

Auto complete

As mentioned above, some video poker machines will deal hands for all pay levels as soon as you make your initial (lowest pay level) wager. With an auto complete feature, you will be paid for a Royal Straight Flush that appears on any pay level even if you never manage to reach that specific pay level. You will not be paid the full amount for the Royal Straight Flush if you fail to reach its pay level, but you will receive a small consolation prize.