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Last Updated: September 18, 2014

Stack 'em Poker

Introduction


Stack 'em Poker is a video poker variant I noticed at Harrah's Las Vegas on September 17, 2014. It plays like five-play video poker, with five hands stacked vertically. If the player makes an additional wager he will qualify for wins created by hands formed both horizontally and vertically.

Rules

  1. Stack 'Em Poker can be played as conventional five-play video poker. The way the base game is presented is five horizontal hands, in a five by five matrix of cards.
  2. For an extra 25 credits bet, the player can enable the Stack 'Em Feature.
  3. In the Feature, the player will also qualify for winning hands formed by horizontal hands for any position in which the player discarded. For example, if the player discards three cards, then the player will qualify for any wins created by the replacements cards in the three columns filled with replacement cards.
  4. As with all multi-play video poker games, each hand is dealt from a separate deck. Thus, the same card may appear more than once in the replacements cards as long as they are in separate horizontal hands.
  5. The player will also qualify for multipliers on the vertical hands, according to the number of discards in the original hand. If zero or five cards are held, then no multipliers will be available. Details on the possible and average multipliers are shown in the following table. The "Average Multiple" column shows the average multiple to be applied to the win, after factoring in the probability of a multiplier and the average of such multipliers.

    Multiplier Rules

    Cards Held Multiplier
    Probability
    Possible
    Multipliers
    Average
    Multiple
    5 0% None 1.00
    4 100% 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x 3.00
    3 100% 2x, 3x, 4x 2.25
    2 50% 2x, 3x 1.75
    1 20% 2x, 3x 1.25
    0 0% None 1.00


  6. Some known pay tables are shown below.


Pay Tables

Following are some known pay tables. I'm sure that more exist.

8-5 Jacks or Better

Hand Horizontal
Wins
Vertical
Wins
Royal flush 800 800
Five of a kind 800
Suited four of a kind 400
Straight flush 50 50
Four of a kind 25 50
Full house 8 12
Flush 5 10
Straight 4 8
Three of a kind 3 5
Two pair 2 2
Jacks or Better 1
Sixes or Better 1


8-5 Double Double Bonus

Hand Horizontal
Wins
Vertical
Wins
Royal flush 800 800
Five of a kind 800
Suited four of a kind 400
Straight flush 50 50
Four aces w/ 2-4 400 400
Four 2-4 w/ A-4 160 160
Four aces 160 160
Four 2-4 w/ 5-K 80 80
Four 5-K 50 65
Full house 8 13
Flush 5 8
Straight 4 6
Three of a kind 3 4
Two pair 1 2
Jacks or Better 1
Sixes or Better 1


Bonus Deuces Wild

Hand Horizontal
Wins
Vertical
Wins
Natural royal flush 800 800
Five deuces 0 800
Four deuces + ace 400 800
Four deuces + 3-K 200 800
Suited five of a kind 0 200
Wild royal flush 25 80
Five aces 80 40
Five 3-5 40 40
Five 6-K 20 40
Straight flush 10 40
Suited four of a kind 0 24
Four of a kind 4 10
Full house 3 8
Flush 3 4
Straight 1 3
Three of a kind 1 1
Two pair 0 1


Deuces Wild

Hand Horizontal
Wins
Vertical
Wins
Natural royal flush 800 800
Five deuces 0 800
Four deuces 200 800
Suited five of a kind 0 200
Wild royal flush 20 100
Five of a kind 12 40
Straight flush 10 50
Suited four of a kind 0 24
Four of a kind 4 10
Full house 4 8
Flush 3 4
Straight 2 3
Three of a kind 1 1
Two pair 0 1


Bonus Poker Deluxe

Hand Horizontal
Wins
Vertical
Wins
Royal flush 800 800
Five of a kind 800
Suited four of a kind 400
Straight flush 50 50
Four of a kind 80 80
Full house 8 9
Flush 5 7
Straight 4 6
Three of a kind 3 4
Two pair 1 2
Jacks or Better 1
Sixes or Better 1


Example


I bet the maximum 50 credits, for five credits for all ten lines (five vertical and five horizontal). You can see my hand on the deal in the bottom row.


I held the jack and king.


My only paying horizontal hand is a high pair on the bottom hand, for five credits.


I won a 3x multiplier, as seen on the left. I had two paying hands vertically. On the first hand from the left I had a three of a kind, which pays 4x the bet per line. Based on a five-credit bet per hand and the 3x multiplier, the win for that hand is 5×4×3=60.

On the fourth hand from the left I had a pair of sixes or better, which pays 1x the bet per line. Based on a five-credit bet per hand and the 3x multiplier, the win for that hand is 5×1×3=15.

Thus, the total vertical win was 5 credits and the total horizontal win was 60+17=75 credits, for a total win of 5+75=80 credits.

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Jacks or Better
 
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Written by: Michael Shackleford

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