Double Super Times Pay Poker
Double Super Times Pay Poker sounds like it might be related to Double Pay Poker, but it actually has nothing in common with that variation. In fact, it’s one of those video poker games which doesn’t really have a different pay table or different wild card variations at all. The designers have tacked an additional feature onto the game, and it’s completely optional.
Most video poker games these days can be played as single line games, which means you play one hand only, or as multi line games, which means you’re playing 3, 5, 10, or even more hands at a time. Double Super Times Pay Poker offers the option to play as a single line game, and when you do so, it plays just like a regular video poker game. You don’t even have the option of activating the “Double Super Times Pay” option.
But if you’re playing multiple lines, you have the option of placing an additional 2 coin bet on each hand. If you do so, you’ll occasionally receive random multipliers which are applied to your payouts.
This page explains in detail the intricacies of this video poker variation. It also includes some observations about the game’s pay tables and payback percentages and some strategy advice.
How to Play Double Super Times Pay Poker
Understanding how to play Double Super Times Pay Poker starts with understanding how to play video poker in general. We cover that in detail on our main video poker page, but we’ll sum it up in a few sentences, here, too.
Video poker looks like a slot machine, but instead of spinning reels and getting random symbols, you’re “dealt” a 5 card hand by the computer’s random number generator (RNG). You then have the option of discarding any or all of the cards you’ve been dealt to try to improve your hand. You get a payoff based on the strength of your final hand.
If this sounds like it has a lot in common with 5 card draw poker, well—that’s because it does.
There are major differences between video poker and regular poker, though. The main one is that you’re playing against a pay table instead of against other players. You get paid off based on the strength of your hand; you have no competitors who might have better hands.
We like video poker because the game’s math is transparent. With a slot machine, you have no clue what the probability of getting a particular symbol is. So even though you know what the payoffs are for the various combinations you get, you can’t know the payback percentage for the game, because you don’t know the odds of getting those hands.
The total of all those expected values is the expected payback percentage for the game. We’ll talk more about that in the next section.
Video poker comes in multiple variations, distinguished mostly by the decks in use and the payoffs for the various hands.
- The most basic version is called Jacks or Better, which uses a 52 card deck and pays off for any hand ranked better than a pair of jacks or higher.
- Deuces Wild is another common version, which also uses a 52 card deck, but which treats the deuces as wild cards.
- Joker Poker uses a 53 card deck which includes a single wild card, a joker. All of these games have different pay tables.
When you’re playing, you start by inserting your money into the machine, which converts them into credits. You then get to decide how many lines you want to play and how many coins you want to bet per line. You can bet between 1 and 5 coins per hand, but you should ALWAYS bet the full 5 coins on each hand. That’s because the top payout in almost every game is an 800 to 1 payout for a royal flush. If you’re playing for 4 coins or fewer, the payout is reduced to just 250 to 1.
A royal flush comes up rarely, but the difference in payoff is so great that it can’t be ignored. Never make the mistake of playing multiple lines at fewer than 5 coins per line. Spend the extra coins and play fewer lines.
In Double Super Times Pay Poker, you have the option of betting an additional 2 coins per hand, but only if you’re playing multiple lines. When you do so, you activate the game’s special feature—a random multiplier that’s applied to your payouts.
You’re dealt a hand, and you made the additional 2 coin bet, so you’re eligible to get a random multiplier. Luck is in your favor, and win an 8X multiplier. You’re dealt a 3 of a kind, which normally pays off at 3 to 1. Since you got an 8X multiplier, you get paid 24 to 1 instead.
Double Super Times Pay Poker Pay Tables and Return to Player Figures
The pay table is what determines a game’s return to player figure. That’s just another word for payback percentage, which is the overall expected amount the player can expect to win per bet. It’s expressed as a percentage.
For example, if you say that a game has a 99.54% payback percentage, you’re expecting, in the long run, to win $99.54 per $100 bet and lose 46 cents per bet. This is, of course, an average of wins and losses over tens of thousands of hands. In the short run, like a single playing session or even a single weekend in Vegas, your averages could be much higher or lower than this. That’s the nature of casino game probability, and it’s also the reason that some people occasionally walk away from the casino a winner.
Since Double Super Times Pay Poker is just a feature that’s added on top of an existing game, you can just that existing game’s pay table to look up the payback percentage. For example, if you’re playing Double Super Times Pay Jacks or Better with a 9/6 pay table, the payback percentage is 99.54%. Then if you place the additional 2 coin bet, you have to take that into account.
But the manufacturers have released information about the probabilities behind this game, so we actually do know how to calculate the payback percentage taking into account the additional bets and multipliers.
- The multiplier turns up on average once every 15 hands, with an exception for royal flushes, where the probability is 1 in 20 instead.
- The average size of the multiplier is 4X.
Once you factor these numbers into the equation, you can just take the payback percentage for the machine’s pay table and multiply it by 1.005.
Double Super Times Pay Poker Strategy
Video poker strategy tables all work the same way. They list card combinations in order of most desirable to least desirable. You start at the top and work your way down. When you get to a hand that matches what you have, you stop and hold those cards.
The payback percentages listed for these games assume that you’re playing with close to perfect strategy. If you’re not using a strategy chart, and if you haven’t memorized a strategy, then your payback percentage will be lower. How much lower depends on how well you play, but you can count on losing between 1% and 4% in expected return.
Since Double Super Times Pay Poker uses existing pay tables, the payback percentages are the same as for the game on which it’s based. If you opt to play multiple hands and make the extra bet, you can multiply the payback percentage by 1.005, which increases the payback percentage.
So the first rule of Double Super Times Pay Poker is to always place the additional 2 coin bet. The second rule is to find the best pay table for the game underlying the Double Super Times Pay as you can. The third is to use the appropriate strategy chart. And the fourth and final strategy is to always bet the maximum number of coins.
If you’re playing a Double Super Times Pay Poker Jacks or Better game with a full pay table (9/6), then your payback percentage is 99.54% X 1.005, or 100.037%, which means you are now playing a game with a slight edge over the house.
Double Super Times Pay Poker has a lengthy name, but it’s really not any more complicated than any other video poker game. The gimmick involves placing an extra 2 coin bet in exchange for a 1 in 15 or so chance of winning a larger payoff on your paying hand. Since this increases your expected value, you should always opt to do so.
In other respects, you should just use the correct strategy for whatever game the Double Super Times Pay function is added to.