Double Bonus Rules & Strategy

Double Bonus Video Poker Rules.

Double Bonus Poker is a game between you and the dealer and is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Five cards are dealt in the first hand. Hold as many cards as you want to build the strongest hand. The remaining cards will be discarded and replaced with new ones from the same playing deck.

Double Bonus Poker is a standard video poker game based on Jacks or Better play except it has high payouts for the following hand combinations:

  • Four of a Kind - Aces
  • Four of a Kind - 2's, 3's, 4's
  • Four of a Kind - 5's - Kings

Minimum and maximum payouts are set by the casino.  A standard rate table is listed below:

Card Combinations Coin 1 Coin 2 Coin 3 Coin 4 Coin 5
Royal Flush 250 500 750 1,000 4,000
Four of a Kind - Aces 160 320 480 640 800
Four of a Kind - 2's,3's,4's 80 160 240 320 400
Four of a Kind - 5's - K's 50 100 150 200 250
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
Full House 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 7 14 21 28 35
Straight 5 10 15 20 25
Three of a Kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two Pairs 1 2 3 4 5
Jacks or Better 1 2 3 4 5

Double Bonus Video Poker Strategy.

Double Bonus Poker payout is 80:1 for four 2's, 3's, and 4's and 160:1 for four Aces. In extended play, the increased payout for the 4 of a kinds don't make up for the lower payouts on full house combinations and lower.

The odds on hitting 4 of a kind combinations (higher payout) are approximately once every 400 hands. The majority of winning combinations dealt over that 400 hand span will be the lesser winning combinations which were lowered to compensate for the higher 4 of a kind combinations.

In other words, unless you are consistently hitting straight flushes or higher, you are losing money.

Never break up a dealt paying hand unless you have four of the five cards for a Royal Flush.

If you aren't dealt a paying hand, check the list of ranked possible combinations listed below and use the one that will produce the highest result:

  • Four of a kind, straight flush, royal flush
  • Four cards to a royal flush
  • Three of a kind, straight, flush, full house
  • Four cards to a straight flush
  • Two pair
  • High pair (Jack or better)
  • Three cards to a royal flush
  • Four cards to a flush
  • Low pair
  • Four cards to an outside straight
  • Two suited high cards
  • Three cards to a straight flush
  • Two unsuited high cards (more than two, use lowest)
  • Suited high cards 10-J, 10-Q, 10-K
  • Jack or better
  • Discard all dealt cards

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