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Super Double Bonus Poker

Super Double Bonus Poker is a common video poker variation which pays off more for certain varieties of a 4 of a kind. Like almost all other variants, the game is loosely based on 5 card draw, but it’s played on a machine.

This page includes details about how to play, what the odds are, how the pay tables affect the odds, and what the appropriate strategy for playing is. We’ve also included details for Super Double Double Bonus.

How to Play Super Double Bonus Poker

All video poker games have essentially the same gameplay. They’re almost all based on 5 card draw, for one thing. The main differences have to do with the pay tables and hand rankings in use. These affect the correct strategy for which cards to keep and which ones to throw away.

To play, you start by choosing how many coins you want to bet. You can choose anywhere from 1 to 5 coins, but you should always bet 5 coins. That’s because the top payout for the game goes up when you play for 5 coins. The royal flush is the best possible hand, and it pays 250 to 1 unless you’re playing for 5 coins. In that case, it pays 800 to 1.

The game then deals you a 5 card hand on the screen. You can keep or discard any combination of these cards. In the most basic version, you play one hand, but recent games allow you to play as many as 100 hands at one time.

After you’ve chosen the cards you’re going to keep (if any), you press the deal button again. The computer deals you replacement cards for the ones you decided to discard.

The game then compares each hand to the pay table and awards you credits appropriately.

But video poker is not the same as standard poker. In this game, the payouts for a 4 of a kind vary based on the ranking of the 4 of a kind. They also vary based on your kicker. You’ll notice that a straight flush is a better hand in this game than some 4 of a kind hands, and some 4 of a kind hands are better than a straight flush. (This is a significant difference from standard poker.)

Here are the specific hand rankings for Super Double Bonus Poker:

  • Royal Flush – Also known as an ace high straight flush or a royal straight flush, it is the highest hand in poker. It contains a suited ace, king queen, jack and 10.
  • 4 of a Kind (Aces) – Also known as quad aces, this hand is 4 aces of all 4 suits.
  • 4 of a Kind (Jacks, Queens, Kings) – 4 each of jacks, queens or kings of all 4 suits. Also known as quad jacks, quad queens or quad kings.
  • 4 of a Kind (2s, 3s, 4s) – 4 each of deuces, 3s or 4s. Also known as quad 2s or quad deuces, quad 3s, or quad 4s.
  • Straight Flush – 5 sequential cards with matching suits.
  • 4 of a Kind (5s through 10s) – 4 matching ranked cards from 5 to 10. They can also be referred to as a quad followed by the rank, such as quad 10s.
  • Full House – Also known as a boat, a full house is 3 cards of one matching rank and 2 cards of another matching rank.
  • Flush – 5 suited, non-sequential ranked cards.
  • Straight – 5 sequential rank cards of different suits
  • 3 of a Kind – 3 cards of matching rank with 2 other cards that are non-sequential.
  • 2 Pair – 2 cards of the same rank and 2 other cards of antler matching rank along with one kicker card
  • 1 Pair (Jacks or Better) – 2 matching jacks, queens, kings or aces. The hand will contain 3 kicker cards.

Super Double Double Double Bonus Poker follows the same general framework for card ranking but has some minor differences. The rankings for this game are:

  • Royal Flush
  • 4 of a Kind (Aces) w/Ace, 2, 3, or 4
  • 4 of a Kind (Aces) w/Jack, Queen or King
  • 4 of a Kind (2s, 3s, or 4s) w/Ace, 2, 3, or 4
  • 4 of a Kind (Jacks, Queens, or Kings) w/Jack, Queen, King, Ace
  • 4 of a Kind (Aces)
  • 4 of a Kind (2s, 3s, 4s)
  • Straight Flush
  • 4 of a Kind 5s through Kings)
  • Full House
  • Flush
  • Straight
  • 3 of a Kind
  • 2 Pair
  • 1 Pair (Jacks or Better)

As you can see in Super Double Double Bonus Poker, the rankings include the kicker cards (the unmatched card) in the hand rankings. That’s where the second double bonus comes in.

Super Double Bonus Poker Odds and Pay Tables

All bonus poker games focus on higher pay outs for 4 of a kind hands, and Super Double Bonus Poker is no exception. In this case, all 4 of a kind hands pay out more than a straight flush, which is usually ranked higher than 4 of a kind in traditional poker.  Because of this, the lower ranked hands pay out less than a standard hand of Jacks or Better poker.

Here’s one common pay table for Super Double Bonus Poker:

1 Coin Play2 Coin Play3 Coin Play4 Coin Play5 Coin Play
Royal Flush25050075010004000
4 of a Kind (Aces)160320480640800
4 of a Kind (Jacks, Queens, Kings)120240360480600
4 of a Kind (2s, 3s, 4s)80160240320400
Straight Flush80160240320400
4 of a Kind 5s through 10s)50100150200250
Full House918273645
Flush510152025
Straight48121620
3 of a Kind3691215
2 Pair12345
1 Pair (Jacks or Better)12345

We also mentioned that you can expect a different pay table for Super Double Double Bonus Poker. This is because of the addition of kicker cards in the pay tables. The pay table for this game is:

1 Coin Play2 Coin Play3 Coin Play4 Coin Play5 Coin Play
Royal Flush25050075010004000
4 of a Kind (Aces) w/Ace, 2 ,3, or 4400800120016002000
4 of a Kind (Aces) w/Jack, Queen or King32064096012801600
4 of a Kind (2s, 3s, or 4s) w/Ace, 2, 3, or 4160320480640800
4 of a Kind (Jacks, Queens, or Kings) w/Jack, Queen, King, Ace160320480640800
4 of a Kind (Aces)160320480640800
4 of a Kind (2s, 3s, 4s)80160240320400
Straight Flush50100150200250
4 of a Kind 5s through Kings)50100150300250
Full House714212835
Flush510152025
Straight48121620
3 of a Kind3691215
2 Pair12345
1 Pair (Jacks or Better)12345

Casino games like blackjack and craps measure odds in terms of the “house edge”. But when you’re dealing with gambling machines, the odds are measured in “return to player” or “payback percentage”.

The house edge is the percentage of each bet that the casino expects to keep over the long run (thousands of bets). The expected return is the percentage of each bet that the casino expects to pay back to the player in winnings over the long run.

Example

    • If you’re playing blackjack, and the house edge is 1%, the casino expects you to lose an average of $1 for every $100 you bet.
    • If you’re playing video poker, and the expected return is 99%, the casino expects to pay you $99 in winnings every time you bet $100.

In both cases, if you play long enough, your losses should start to resemble the mathematically expected results.

But in the short run, anything can happen.

You can also use these numbers to compare games by how much you expect them to cost you to play. You multiply the amount you’re betting by the average number of bets you’re making per hour. Multiply that by the house edge, and you have an expected hourly loss rate.

The expected return for Super Double Bonus Poker ranges from 96.87% to 99.69%. The most common variant of the game will pay 98.68%. These numbers assume that you’re using perfect strategy. If you don’t play well, you can expect your return to drop by 4% or more.

Super Double Bonus Poker Strategies and Tactics

In video poker, pay tables drive the strategy. The reason for this is that you want to optimize your game play to make the most amount of money on each hand. It can also help with risky decisions you have to make while playing.

Super Double Bonus Poker uses a modified Jacks or Better strategy that targets potential 4 of a kind hands more. The strategy resembles the strategy for Bonus Poker.

Here’s a simplified strategy for Super Double Bonus Poker that’s 99% accurate but still playable:

For royal flushes, straight flushes and any 4 of a kind, you should stand pat (don’t draw a card).

If you have the following hands, take the following actions:

  • 3 Aces – Keep the aces and draw 2 new cards
  • 4 to a Royal Flush – Keep the 4 cards and draw 1 new card
  • Full House – Stand pat unless you have 3 aces, 2s, 3s or 4s. If you do, discard the pair and try to draw to make the 4 of a kind.
  • Flush – Stand pat in this hand unless you only have 1 non sequential card. This that is the case, discard the odd card and try for the straight flush.
  • Straight – Stand pat unless you’re 1 card off from making a straight flush, then discard the odd card.
  • 3 of a Kind – Keep the 3 cards and draw 2 new cards.
  • 4 to a Straight Flush – Discard the odd card and draw a new card to try and make the straight flush.
  • Pair of Aces – Keep the aces and draw 3 new cards.
  • Two Pair – Hold both pairs and draw 1 new card.
  • High Pair (Js, Qs, or Ks) – Hold the pair and draw 3 new cards.
  • 3 to a Royal Flush – Hold the 3 cards and draw 2 new cards.
  • 4 to a Flush – Hold the 4 cards and draw 1 new card
  • KQJ10 Unsuited – Discard the odd cards and draw a new one.
  • Low Pair (2s through 10s) – Hold the pair and draw 3 new cards.
  • 4 to an Outside Straight – Hold the 4 cards and draw 1 new card
  • 3 to a Straight Flush – Hold the 3 cards and draw 2 new cards.
  • AKQJ Unsuited – Hold these cards and draw 1 new card
  • 4 to an Inside Straight with 3 High Cards – Hold the 3 cards and draw 2 new ones.
  • Unsuited JQK – Hold the lowest 2 and draw 3 new cards.
  • Unsuited JQ – Hold and draw 3 new cards
  • KQ, KJ Unsuited – Hold and draw 3 new cards.
  • J10 Suited – Hold and draw 3 new cards
  • AK, AQ, AJ Unsuited -Hold and draw 3 new cards
  • Ace – Hold and draw 4 new cards.
  • K10, Q10 Suited – Hold and draw 3 new cards
  • J, Q or K – Hold and draw 4 new cards
  • Nothing – Draw 5 new cards

This strategy works for Super Double Bonus Poker, but needs to be adjusted for Super Double Double Bonus Poker. The main adjustments will be the kicker cards on 4 of a kinds. Since the kicker cards figure into the pay tables, aim for the best kicker card you can get to get the highest pay out.

Conclusion

With a focus on 4 of a kind hands, Super Double Bonus Poker has the potential for big pay outs and more ways to win. Super Double Double Bonus Poker is similar but pays extra for the kickers in play.

You can find free versions of this game to play online. This is a good idea. Get familiar with the game and how it plays before risking real money.