All American video poker is very similar to the standard Jacks or Better and is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Players are dealt 5 cards and can hold as many as they like or replace as many new cards as they need from the deck.
The difference between All American and Jacks or Better is all in the pay out tables. Below is a breakdown of how All American differs from the standard Jacks or Better pay outs:
Royal Flush - Same
Straight Flush - Higher 90 compared to Jacks or Better 50
Four of Kind - Higher 35 compared to Jacks or Better 25
Full House - Lower 8 compared to Jacks or Better 25 9
Flush - Higher 8 compared to Jacks or Better 6
Straight - Higher 8 compared to Jacks or Better 4
3 of a Kind - Same
Two Pair - Lower 1 compared to Jacks or Better 2
1 pair - Same
Despite the fact that All American offers a payback of over 100% in a perfect play, it is not as popular as one might expect it to be.
Standard Jacks or Better is different with the pay outs as it doesn’t correspond with how frequently the hands come up during a good session of play. Pay outs for full house, flush and straight are 9, 6 and 4 -1, but the frequency of these hands were much closer than the pay outs suggest.