Double Bonus Poker is a derivative of Jacks or Better. The game is distributed by IGT and is available on nearly all Game King video poker machines. Like a few of the other Jacks or Better derivatives, Double Bonus Poker is a higher variance version of Bonus Poker.
It gets its name because it doubles the payout of every four of a kind compared to the Bonus Poker pay table. This includes the additional bonus pay for quad aces, twos, threes and fours. Unlike Bonus Poker, it also doubles the payout for quad fives through kings. To offset this, two pair pays the same as a pair of jacks or better.
There are drastic differences from one Double Bonus Poker game to another, so make sure to examine the pay table on a machine before playing. The four of a kind and higher payouts are always the same. The differences lie in the straight, flush and full house returns. The best Double Bonus Poker game will have the following pay table:
– Royal Flush: 800 (250 if fewer than five coins wagered)
– Four Aces: 160
– Straight Flush: 50
– Four of a Kind 2’s, 3’s and 4’s: 80
– Four of a Kind 5’s through Kings: 50
– Full House: 10
– Flush: 7
– Straight: 5
– Two Pair: 1
– Pair of Jacks or Higher: 1
Note the high returns on four of a kind. At the same time, two pair only pays even money. That is a difference of nine percent from a standard Jacks or Better game. This pay table returns 100.17%. That is a full percent higher than 8/5 Bonus Poker. The only problem is that 10/7/5 Double Bonus Poker is nearly impossible to find.
Some casinos will offer this game where a full house only pays nine credits for every coin wagered. This has the exact return as 8/5 Bonus Poker. Casinos with lower quality gambling will also drop the payout on the flush and straight, making the games unplayable for any serious gambler.
While 10/7/5 Double Bonus is difficult to find, it is available at 23 Las Vegas casinos. Downtown Las Vegas video poker players will find it at El Cortez, California, Main Street Station, Four Queens and Plaza. All Station Casinos offer the game. This includes Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Fiestas and locals joints with “Station” in the name. Jokers Wild and Eldorado in Henderson also spread 10/7/5 Double Bonus. The game is nearly impossible to find outside of Nevada.
Finding the best pay table is just one part of beating Double Bonus video poker. Most casinos accept a players card on this game, even when the pay table is over 100%. A card can be issued by the rewards center. A slot attendant can sometimes get a card for a new player or issue a replacement one if the gambler has one on file.
Some may reduce the points earned at full pay games. Station Casinos is one example. It still adds 0.025% to the return, as well as the possibility of triggering a mailer. Other casinos pay full points on this game. That can run as high as 0.3%. Mailers from this action can include free play, hotel rooms and meal vouchers.
Most online casinos offer the 9/7/5 Double Bonus Poker pay table. Players that give action to online casinos for this game will be automatically enrolled in the house VIP program. The typical reward is cash back although some personalized offers will be generated based on the level of action.
A great pay table does not benefit a player if he does not know how to play the game. The basic strategy for Double Bonus Poker is more complex than Jacks or Better but is not complicated to experienced players. Note the changes from Jacks or Better in draws when dealt a full house with three aces, as well as some flush and straight draws.
Always hold a royal flush, straight flush or four of a kind. There is no reason to go for a kicker in Double Bonus Poker. Drawing to that hand will only lead to making an error. There is no upside. From there, draw to four to a royal flush or three aces, even if dealt a full house. Next, hold any dealt full house, flush or straight. The next draws, in the order of importance, are:
– Four to any straight flush (Note: always hold a pat flush)
– Two pair, even if one is aces
– Pair of jacks or better
– Four to a flush
– Three to a royal flush (The 7 pay makes it better to hold four to a flush. If the machine pays less, draw to three to a royal.)
– Four to an open ended straight
– Three to a flush with two cards jack or higher, except hold QJ only if third card does not make straight flush draw
– Two suited cards jack or higher
– Four-card gutshot (inside straight draw) with two cards jack or higher
– Three card straight flush draw
– Four-card gutshot with one card jack or higher
– KQJ off-suit
– TJ suited
– QJ off-suit
– Three to a flush if one card is jack or higher
– QT suited
– Unsuited king with another high card
– Bare ace
– Bare jack, queen or king, except hold a suited 10, if dealt
– Any gutshot
– Any three-card flush
– Draw five new cards
The most common mistake players make in 10/7/5 Double Bonus video poker is throwing the bottom pair away when dealt two pair aces up. Keep both pairs because a full house pays 10 coins. The other common mistake is throwing away four to a flush and going for three to a royal instead. The seven-coin payout on a flush makes that draw better. Both of these plays are wrong if not playing a full pay machine.