Double Bonus Video Poker

Double Bonus Video Poker is another form of video poker that offers the player an edge with the right combination of a generous pay table and proper video poker strategy. If you can learn the optimal Double Bonus Video Poker strategy, you can earn a return of 100.17%, meaning you have a .17% edge over the casino.

Your first job is to find a Double Bonus Video Poker machine that’s offering the right payouts. The machine you’ll be looking for is known as the 10/7 Double Bonus machine, based on the payouts it offers for a full house or a flush, respectively. Here is the entire chart:

Royal Flush: 800
Four Aces: 160
Four of a Kind (2-4): 80
Four of a Kind (5-K): 50
Straight Flush: 50
Full House: 10
Flush: 7
Straight: 5
Three of a Kind: 3
Two Pair: 1
One Pair, Jacks or Higher: 1

Double Bonus Video Poker strategy is rather difficult to play optimally, but we can try to simplify things as much as possible. In most cases, we’re going to keep any part of a hand that allows us to win immediately rather than take chances on draws, with a couple of obvious exceptions. In this guide, when we talk about a high card or a high pair, we’re talking about jacks or better, since those are the cards that will win by making a pair for us.

First of all, we will of course always keep a royal flush, straight flush, or four of a kind. The next best hand we can have is four to a royal flush, which you should keep even if you have another hand that could make you money immediately. Otherwise, you should also hold a full house, flush, straight or three of a kind over any other draw.

Four to a straight flush is the next best possible hand, and you should keep it over two pair or a high pair. However, those two hands should be kept over any other draw.

Here’s where things get tricky. It’s impossible to describe simply the order of priority you should give to other hands. Keep the highest hand possible at all times:

• Four to a flush
• Three to a royal flush
• Four to an open-ended straight
• Low pair
• AKQJ unsuited
• Three to a straight flush (with as many or more high cards than gaps)
• Four to an inside straight with three high cards
• QJ suited
• Three to a flush with two high cards
• Two suited high cards
• Four to an inside straight with two high cards
• Three to a straight flush (one gap, or two gaps and a high card, or an ace, or 234 )
• Four to an inside straight with one high card
• JT suited
• QJ unsuited
• Three to a flush with one high card
• QT suited
• Three to a straight flush (two gaps, no high cards)
• KQ, KJ unsuited
• Ace
• KT suited
• Jack, Queen or King
• Four to an inside straight with no high cards
• Three to a flush with no high cards

If you have none of these possibilities, you should simply discard all five and take a new hand. While this strategy is not simple, if you follow it without fail, you’ll see yourself coming out slightly ahead of the house in the long run, making it well worth learning (or printing out and using while you play).

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