Triple Wheel Poker
IGT (International Game Technology) has experienced great success with their Wheel of Fortune slot machine. And they’ve taken the same spinning wheel concept and applied it to Triple Wheel Poker.
This game sees you play a regular video poker game in Three Play, Five Play, or Ten Play format.
But the twist is that you can also activate three prize wheels by betting seven coins per hand – 5 regular + 2 bonuses. These wheels give you an opportunity to hit big payouts when you’re dealt certain hands.
Obviously this sounds like an interesting way to enjoy video poker. But will the spinning wheel give you a better chance to win? Or is it just a novelty effect that has little bearing on payback?
Let’s answer these questions by taking a comprehensive look at Triple Wheel Poker, including its betting options, rules, Triple Wheel feature, variations, pay table, and strategy.
How to Play Triple Wheel Poker Video Poker
You have three betting options when playing Triple Wheel Poker:
- Playing 1 to 3 hands Triple Play
- Betting 1 5 coins per hand
- Making an additional 2 credit bonus wager per hand to activate 3 prize wheels.
The number of hands that you can play differs depending on if its Triple Play 3 hands, Five Play 5 hands, or Ten Play 10 hands. But regardless of the game, you must play every hand at the max 5 credit bet to be eligible for the 3 prize wheels.
You also need to put 2 extra coins on every hand to activate the wheels. This makes for 21 total credits if you’re playing the Triple Play version.
This is $5.25 per turn on a quarter denomination machine, which is expensive for many players.
If you still want to play Triple Wheel Poker, we recommend that you choose a Triple Play machine to avoid spending more than $5.25 per turn.
When playing multiple hands, only the bottom hand is dealt face up while the other hands remain face down. Every card that you hold in the bottom hand will be reflected in the other hands.
Here’s an example: you hold three kings in the bottom hand, and you’ll see three kings flipped over in each of the other active hands.
When you’re finished holding cards and making discards, click the Draw button to complete all of your hands. Potential payouts will be made according to the video poker variation that you’re playing.
You activate each wheel by being dealt the following hands.
Bronze Wheel – 1 spin for a 3 of a kind before drawing.
Silver Wheel – 1 spin for a straight or flush before drawing
Gold Wheel – 1 spin for a full house or 4 of a kind before drawing.
The potential prizes that you stand to win increase as you move from the Bronze to Gold Wheel. The highest possible payout that you can win is 10,000 credits through the Gold Wheel.
Triple Wheel Poker machines allow you to choose from several different variations when playing. Here’s a look at what video poker games are offered through Triple Play:
- Jacks or Better
- Bonus Poker
- Bonus Poker Deluxe
- Double Bonus
- Double Double Bonus
- Deuces Wild
- Bonus Deuces Wild
- Joker Poker
This is one of the most popular video poker variations because it has a simple pay table. A pair of jacks is the lowest qualifying payout.
You receive bonus payouts for four aces; four 2s 4s; and four 5s Ks.
Offers large bonus payouts for any 4 of a kind, rather than dividing bonuses up between specific 4 of a kind hands like in Bonus Poker.
Offers double bonuses on the same 4 of a kind payouts as Bonus Poker.
Features the same bonus payouts as in Double Bonus, with the addition of payouts for four aces w / a 2, 3, or 4 kicker, and four 2s, 3s, or 4s, w / a 2, 3, or 4 kicker.
2s are wild, and you receive bonus payouts for four deuces and a 5 of a kind. The drawback is that the lowest qualifying payout is a 3 of a kind.
Offers bonus payouts four deuces with an ace kicker; four deuces; five aces; five 3s 5s; and five 6s Ks.
The deck features a joker wild card, creating the possibility for a 5 of a kind. Also, the lowest qualifying payout is for a pair of kings.
Triple Wheel Poker Pay Table and Odds
Although the draw to Triple Wheel Poker is that you can earn special prizes through a spinning wheel, the base game works just like standard video poker.
The difference is in the 3 bonus wheels that you unlock through certain hands. Below you can see a basic pay table for 7 / 5 Bonus Poker and the three bonus wheel pay schedules:
|Hand||1 coin||2 coins||3 coins||4 coins||5 coins|
|4 2s 4s||40||80||120||160||200|
|4 5s Ks||25||50||75||100||125|
|3 of a kind||3||6||9||12||15|
|Jacks or better||100.00%||200.00%||300.00%||400.00%||500.00%|
|Gold Wheel Prizes|
|Silver Wheel Prizes|
|Bronze Wheel Prizes|
As we covered earlier, you activate each wheel by immediately being dealt certain hands. And this gives you the opportunity to get a big upgrade on your payout.
Here’s an example: you’re dealt a 3 of a kind before drawing, which would normally pay 15 coins max bet in Bonus Poker. But since you now get to spin the Bronze Wheel, you’ll receive a minimum of 50 coins with this hand.
Here’s another example: you’re dealt a straight before drawing, which would normally pay 20 coins. But since you get to spin the Silver Wheel, the lowest possible payout that you’ll receive is 100 coins.
Of course, this is only the beginning since you can win much larger prizes when you spin the wheels. The Silver Wheel’s top payout is equal to a royal flush at 4,000 coins, while the Gold Wheel’s top payout of 10,000 coins is like a slots jackpot.
This makes Triple Wheel Poker a good game for anybody who enjoys pursuing big jackpots.
Triple Wheel Poker Strategy
Due to the bonus wheels, Triple Wheel Poker is far different from any other video poker variation. But the truth is that Triple Wheel Poker strategy remains the same as the variation you’re playing.
The reason why is because you can’t do anything to influence what cards are dealt before the draw round.
But even though your strategy will remain the same with Triple Wheel Poker, there are still some considerations worth noting about this game. Let’s take a look at a few important points to keep in mind while you’re playing Triple Wheel Poker.
While betting 2 extra credits on every hand gets expensive, you should do so if you want to achieve top payback for the video poker variation you’re playing.
The amount of money that you stand to win in the long term from the bonus wheels trumps the amount that you must spend on extra bets.
Of course, the one consideration here is if you have the bankroll to make the bonus bet on every turn. If not, you can alternate between playing hands regularly, and making the bonus wager other times.
While it’s nice that you can raise long term payback by making the bonus bet, you also have to consider how this raises the game’s volatility too.
The probability of being dealt 3 of a kinds, straights, flushes, full houses, and 4 of a kinds before the draw aren’t high. Every time that you don’t receive one of these hands immediately, your bonus bet is wasted.
Given that video poker already has high variance due to the uneven payouts, it’s even tougher when you factor in the prize wheels.
This being said, we recommend that you have a large bankroll when playing Triple Wheel Poker not only for the extra bets, but also so that you can survive the high variance.
If you’re unfamiliar with basic video poker strategy, then a strategy chart is a good place to start. Since we discussed Bonus Poker earlier, we’ve listed a Bonus Poker strategy chart below.
When reviewing this, start at the top and scan down until you find your hand:
- Royal flush, straight flush, 4 of a kind
- 4 cards to a royal flush
- Full house, flush, straight
- 3 of a kind
- 4 cards to a straight flush
- Two pair
- High pair aces to jacks
- 3 cards to a royal flush
- 4 cards to a flush
- Unsuited K Q J T
- Low pair 10s to 2s
- 4 cards to an outside straight
- 3 cards to a straight flush
- Unsuited A K Q J
- 2 suited high cards
- 4 cards to an inside straight w / 3 high cards
- Unsuited K Q J
- Unsuited Q J
- Unsuited K Q, K J
- Suited J T
- Unsuited A K, A Q, A J
- Suited K T, Q T
- King, queen, and jack
- Discard everything
Strategy charts are good for learning the basics of video poker strategy, but the problem is that these charts aren’t available for every game.
This makes video poker training software a good choice for games that don’t have strategy charts floating around the internet.
Video poker trainers allow you to input the specific game and pay table that you want to learn better strategy for. As you play, the trainer will point out any mistakes you make and show the correct decision.
The problem with video poker trainers is that you can’t refer to them for specific hands / situations like you can a strategy chart. Instead, the goal is to train yourself to play perfect video poker through repetition.
If you’re serious about becoming a better player, then it’s worth using a video poker trainer to perfect your strategy.
Triple Wheel Poker is part of IGT’s efforts to revamp video poker and make it appeal to a broader range of people. And we must say that Triple Wheel Poker is one of the most appealing games to both casual and serious video poker players alike.
The fact that you can win bigger prizes by spinning wheels is something that beginning players will find interesting. And seasoned players will appreciate how they can achieve better payback through this feature.
It’s especially exciting to think that you can win 10,000 coins through the Gold Wheel.
But the big drawback is that you also have to make max bets on all available hands, plus an additional two credits. Even on a Triple Play machine, this works out to $5.25 per turn, which is more than the average player wants to spend.
As long as you have the bankroll, then we recommend giving Triple Wheel Poker a try because of how unique it is in the video poker landscape.