Online poker games are always fun. The simple gameplay and gamble features make for a mellow but equally rewarding experience. And that’s precisely what we got when playing Microgaming’s Aces and Eights Poker.
The game has a gamble feature and a maximum win of 4,000x your stake. But you’ll find out just how well these features work in our review of Aces and Eights Poker, below.
Aces & Eights Poker
Minimum / Maximum Bet:
Deal, Hold, Gamble Feature
Although a game’s visual presentation isn’t everything, we just have to mention how dated and unintuitive Ace and Eights Poker’s visuals are. We’re not even that bothered about the aesthetics themselves, but in this case, it affects the overall experience.
Ace and Eights Poker’s interface is confusing. The screen looks busy and the only way to increase your coin value is by literally clicking anywhere on the pay table. It feels completely off and unfortunately, the rest of the game’s features follow a similar messy approach.
Deal – Hitting the deal button hands you the initial five cards. Hitting the button again will remove all cards that aren’t held and replace them with new ones. Wins are automatically calculated and if you do manage to hit a win, you can try doubling it over in the gamble feature. Although it does the job, the function feels quite bare. There’s hardly anything to guide you along the way, and we found it difficult to tell the difference between the first and second draws of each round.
Hold – After the first draw, you can choose to hold any cards you like by clicking on them. The system automatically holds any winning combinations that may have already been formed with that initial hand. It’s a helpful addition, but we did find ourselves removing some of the automatically held cards, especially when trying to hit straights, flushes, and full houses.
Gamble Feature – Whenever you land a win, you can hit the double button to start the gamble feature. You’re presented with one drawn card and four hidden ones. After randomly picking one of the hidden cards, the rest are revealed one by one. If the card you picked is higher than the main one, you double your win. If you win, you can try your luck again and continue doubling your win further. We’re always up for pushing our winnings a bit further, so we ended up using the gamble feature on every win we hit. But although we managed to quadruple our wins quite a few times there were loads of rounds where none of the hidden cards were higher than the original figure.
Some would argue that Aces and Eights Poker is worth playing because of its 4,000x maximum win, and that may very well be true. But after our experience, we feel that even the good maximum win potential isn’t enough to save this messy experience.
From a confusing interface to an outright unfair gamble feature, you’d be much better off playing other poker variations with better features.
NetEnt’s Jacks or Better Double Up was released back in 2014, and although it has a similar set of features, it’s way better at putting them into practice. Apart from looking far better than Aces and Eights Poker, the game gave us a much better gamble feature, through which we managed to double our winnings.
Play’n Go gives poker variations a go with Jacks or Better MH. The game is way better at guiding you through the paces, with a simple but intuitive set of features. We managed to double and even quadruple our winnings using the gamble feature and hit a huge win of ₹1,500,000.