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Genie's Hi-Lo Jackpot

Genie's Hi-Lo is a progressive parlour games jackpot that may be won at online casinos that have games from Playtech. We have been tracking this jackpot since December 2009 and on average it has paid $11,864 €10,017 £8,884 per win and is won every 2 years.

$8,288 €7,719 £7,010
Current jackpot value

Progressive jackpot history

Playtech's Genie's Hi-Lo features elements of the progressive jackpot slot games out there, but is at its core an upgraded version of the classic card game high-low. Your goal in this game is to pick whether cards will be higher or lower than the cards that preceded them, and if the next card is red or black. The jackpot total shown on this page is the maximum that may be won while betting $5 or currency equivalent per hand. However a proportionally lower jackpot can still be won while betting at lower stakes such as $2, $1, and 50c.

Begin by selecting any of the cards held by the attractive genie. Once you have done so, you are asked to decide both of two things which makes for a total of four choices: whether the next card will be red or black, and whether the next card will be higher or lower than the one you can see. Should you win, you have the option of either cashing out your winnings or continuing to climb the ladder with your winnings. Make the right call ten times in a row, and the jackpot is yours. If, however, you make one wrong move, your streak is over and you begin anew with another $5 bet.

The game is played with a 53 card deck consisting of a regular 52 cards plus a joker that counts as an automatic win, and Aces are counted as low - i.e. less than a 2. Unlike a traditional hi-lo game, the winnings are not inversely proportional to the likelihood of drawing correctly. To give an example, if you have drawn a 2, the probability is such that the next card will most likely be higher. In a regular game of hi-lo the payout is adjusted to compensate for this. However in the Genie's Hi-Lo jackpot game, you climb a defined ladder of prize values no matter which cards you draw. Note that once you see a card it is not taken out of play and may be drawn again, so the odds do not change as the game progresses.

Optimal strategy

Therefore the best strategy is to simply pick the option that is most likely to be drawn next. i.e.:

- If you have an Ace through to 6, pick higher.
- If you have a 7, pick either higher or lower - your chances of winning are the same either way.
- If you have an 8 through to King, pick lower.
- Always pick the opposite colour to the visible card.

This last point of strategy can be explained like so. As there is a 53 card deck and you can see one card, the next card could be any of the 52 others. The card you can see is out of play, so 26 of the remaining 52 will be the opposite colour, 25 will be the same colour, and 1 card is the joker which counts as an automatic win. So you always have a 27/52 chance of being right if you pick the colour that is the opposite to the one you can see.

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