Big Times Draw Video Poker

Big Times Draw Video Poker

Big Times Draw Poker is part of a growing video poker segment that offers multipliers.

What makes Big Times Draw Poker different from similar video poker games is how the multipliers are awarded.

Multipliers are based on the highest card in your hand. But you want the highest card to be as low as possible so you get the biggest multiplier.

Sound confusing?

Allow us to explain by covering how to play this game, payback and pay tables, strategy, and where to find Big Times Draw Poker.

The Basics of Playing Big Times Draw Poker

This game is similar to common video poker variations like Jacks or Better and Bonus Poker. In fact, the hands play exactly the same - it's just the betting process and multipliers that differ.

These side aspects are what give Big Times Poker character and make it worth playing.

Those who like the big payouts offered in slot machines will appreciate the multipliers. This is especially the case if you want to combine large payouts with in depth video poker strategy.

Let's continue by covering how to play Big Times Draw Poker along with more on the multipliers.

Betting Process

Big Times Draw Poker can come in single play, triple play (3 hands), or 5 play (5 hands) format. In either case, you can bet between 1 and 5 coins per hand.

Most land based video poker machines have $0.25 coin denominations, meaning you'll bet between $0.25 and $1.25 per hand.

You must wager the 5 coin max in order to activate the multiplier feature. When the multiplier is activated, you can bet another 1 5 coins on each hand.

When accounting for multipliers, the maximum wager is $2.50 per hand.

The more coins you bet on the multiplier feature, the higher your potential multiplier.

The largest multiplier that you can get with a 6 coin bet (5 + 1) is 6x, while the biggest you can earn with a 10 coin wager (5 + 5) is 10x.

Low rollers will find that betting 10 coins ($2.50) per hand is expensive. This is especially the case when playing triple or 5 play, where total bets go up to $7.50 or $12.50 per round.

But as we'll discuss in the pay tables section, you'll get better payback with the highest bet.

Big Times Draw Poker Multipliers

This game's multipliers can seem confusing at first.

That's because the highest card in your hand combined with your total bet determines the multiplier. But you want the highest card to be as low as possible because this improves your multiplier.

Adding more confusion is the fact that ace counts as low in this scenario. That said, the biggest multipliers come when your highest card is an ace or 2.

Here are the largest possible multipliers with each bet:

Highest Card 6 Coins 7 Coins 8 Coins 9 Coins 10 Coins
Ace or 2 6x 7x 8x 9x 10x

We'll go over the entire pay table later. But this gives you an idea on how your bet size affects the best multiplier you can get.

Playing Hands


Here are the steps for playing Big Times Draw hands:
  • 1Select how many hands you wish to play. Some versions only have one hand, while others are triple or 5 play.
  • 2Place your bet on each hand. The base bet ranges from 1 to 5 coins, and the bonus bet ranges from 1 to 5 coins.
  • 3Click Deal to receive your initial 5 card hand(s).
  • 4Decide what cards you want to hold and discard. When playing a multi hand version, you only make decisions in the bottom hand and they're reflected in the other hands.
  • 5Your hand(s) is evaluated to see what prize (if any) and multiplier you receive.
  • 6Click Deal to play another hand. You can also change your bet before this, or keep it the same.

Onscreen Display

The Big Times Draw Poker screen looks busy when you're playing multi hand versions. But you shouldn't have much trouble adjusting after a while.

Let's use a triple play version for an example:
  • The three poker hands take up 70% of the screen.
  • Betting options are listed at the bottom, just like any other game.
  • The top features a large display showing your current multiplier.
  • Both sides show the payouts based on their multiplied value (if applicable).

The listed payouts and large multiplier sign are what make the screen feel busy. But it doesn't take long to adjust to the screen, especially if you've played multi hand games before.

Variations

Big Times Draw can be played through several video poker variations, including Bonus Poker, Deuces Wild, Double Double Bonus, and Jacks or Better.

If you've played one or more of these games, then you won't have any trouble adjusting to Big Times Draw Poker. Here's a look at each variant in case you're not familiar with them all.

  • Bonus Poker

      This game pays different bonuses for 4 of a kinds, including four aces, four 2s 4s, and four 5s Ks. The best bonus payout is 400 coins for four aces.

  • Deuces Wild

      All deuces are wild in this variant, making it easier to form big payouts. The wildcard also lets you form a 5 of a kind.

  • Double Double Bonus

      This game offers really big payouts for 4 of a kinds with special kickers (fifth card). This includes 2,000 coins for four aces with a 2 4 kicker; 800 coins for four 2s 4s with an A 4 kicker; and 800 coins for four aces; and 400 coins for four 2s 4s.

  • Jacks or Better

      As long as you have a pair of jacks, you can look forward to a payout. Jacks or Better also offers the simplest pay table you'll find in video poker, making it a very friendly game for beginners.

Pay Back and Pay Tables in Big Times Draw Video Poker

Earlier, we made comparisons between Big Times Draw Poker and slot machines due to the multipliers. But Big Times Draw has one big advantage over slots because its payouts are transparent.

Big Times Draw has a 52 card deck, and the probabilities are programmed to emulate this deck.

Let's look at an example:
  • You have two kings.
  • You hope to improve to a 3 of a kind (or better) on the draw.
  • You discard the other 3 cards.
  • There are two kings among the 47 remaining cards.
  • You'll be getting 3 new cards in your hand.
  • The probability of you improving to a 3 of a kind is 12.77% (2 / 47 x 3).

Obviously most players won't go through calculations when playing each hand because it would take forever. But the point is that you can actually calculate the odds of getting any video poker hand.

This has allowed skilled mathematicians to calculate the payback / return for Big Times Draw and other video poker variations.

Of course, many slot machines - especially online - have published payback. But if the payback isn't available, then you have no idea on your chances because only the manufacturers know each payout's probability.

Now that we've covered the probability differences between slots and video poker, let's look at Big Times Draw pay tables and payback.

Big Times Draw Pay Tables

As covered in the variations section, experienced players won't have trouble adjusting to Big Times Draw.

This is especially true when considering that the pay tables are the same as what you'll see in base video poker variations. Here are a few available pay tables for Big Times Draw:

7 / 5 Bonus Poker Pay Table
Hand 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Royal flush 250 500 750 1,000 4,000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
4 aces 80 160 240 320 400
4 2s 4s 40 320 480 640 800
4 5s Ks 25 50 75 100 125
Full house 7 14 21 28 35
Flush 5 10 15 20 25
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
3 of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
2 pairs 2 4 6 8 10
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5
9 / 5 Double Double Bonus Pay Table
Hand 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Royal flush 400 800 1,200 1,600 4,000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
4 aces + 2 4 400 800 1,200 1,600 2,000
4 2s 4s + A 4 160 320 480 640 800
4 aces 160 320 480 640 800
4 2s 4s 80 160 240 320 400
4 5s Ks 50 100 150 200 250
Full house 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 5 10 15 20 25
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
3 of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
2 pairs 1 2 3 4 5
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5
16 / 13 Deuces Wild Pay Table
Hand 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Natural Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
4 Deuces w / ace 400 800 1200 1600 2000
4 Deuces w / 3 K 200 400 600 800 1000
Wild royal flush 25 50 75 100 125
5 of a Kind 16 32 48 64 80
Straight Flush 13 26 39 52 65
4 of a Kind 4 8 12 16 20
Full House 3 6 9 12 15
Flush 2 4 6 8 10
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
3 of a Kind 1 2 3 4 5

Pay Table for Big Times Draw Multipliers

The following shows all of the multipliers based on your bet and highest card.

Again, the goal is to have the highest card be low so that you get a better multiplier. One strange thing about the multipliers is that the ace counts as a low card:

Card 6 Coins 7 Coins 8 Coins 9 Coins 10 Coins
A 6x 7x 8x 9x 10x
2 6x 7x 8x 9x 10x
3 5x 6x 8x 9x 9x
4 4x 5x 6x 6x 7x
5 3x 4x 5x 5x 7x
6 2x 3x 4x 4x 6x
7 2x 3x 3x 4x 5x
8 2x 3x 3x 3x 4x
9 2x 2x 2x 3x 4x
10 1x 2x 2x 3x 3x
J 1x 1x 2x 2x 2x
Q 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x
K 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x

Like the table shows, an ace or 2 high card offer the largest multiplier at each coin. But the 3, 4, and 5 offer large multipliers too.

When your highest card is king or queen, your payouts won't be multiplied. The same can happen with a 10 or jack in the lower coin range.

Regardless of what happens in the short term, your chances of winning increase when you bet the 10 coin max.

Pay Back for Big Times Draw Poker

The payback you receive for Big Times Draw all depends upon how much you wager.

Here's an example using 7 / 5 Bonus Poker:
  • 1 to 5 coin base bet w / no multiplier = 98.01% payback
  • 6 coin bet = 98.03%
  • 7 coin bet = 98.27%
  • 8 coin bet = 98.32%
  • 9 coin bet = 98.34%
  • 10 coin bet = 98.46%

If you're a low roller, you may not like the prospect of betting so much per hand. But getting 0.43% more payback may tempt you to wager all 10 coins.

Let's look at two more examples on how payback increases along with the size of your bonus bet:

9 / 5 Double Double Bonus
  • 1 to 5 coin base bet w / no multiplier = 97.87% payback
  • 6 coin bet = 98.02%
  • 7 coin bet = 98.28%
  • 8 coin bet = 98.30%
  • 9 coin bet = 98.46%
  • 10 coin bet = 98.56%
16 / 13 Deuces Wild
  • 1 to 5 coin base bet w / no multiplier = 97.01% payback
  • 6 coin bet = 98.10%
  • 7 coin bet = 98.18%
  • 8 coin bet = 98.26%
  • 9 coin bet = 98.38%
  • 10 coin bet = 98.40%

Where to Find Big Times Draw Poker - Online, Offline, Free, and Real Money

Big Times Draw Poker can be found in both land based casinos and online - although in limited capacity.

We found an online version at VideoPoker.com. You need to be a member to play, but it's worth signing up if you're really interested in Big Times Draw Poker.

This game hasn't caught on at brick and mortar casinos. But you may find Big Times Draw in a few Las Vegas area casinos.

Big Times Draw Poker Video Poker Strategy

Here are some general strategy rules regarding this game:

  • Always make the 5 coin max base bet. This qualifies you for the top royal flush payout (4,000 coins), which offers far more value than the 4 coin royal flush (1,000 coins).
  • Always make the 5 coin multiplier bet (10 coins total) on each hand. Payback increases with every bonus coin you wager.
  • Find the specific strategy for the Big Times Draw variation you're playing.

The last point is key because Big Times Draw strategy follows whatever variant you're playing. If you're playing a Deuces Wild version, then you should employ Deuces Wild strategy during the game.

You have a couple of options for learning strategy.

One is to practice with a video poker trainer, which alerts you to any mistake that's made. The idea is to learn the proper moves through repetition.

Here's An Example Using Double Bonus Poker:

  • You're dealt: 8h 7s Qs Js Kc
  • You keep Kc.
  • The trainer alerts you to the mistake; holding Qs Js is the best play here.

This helps you learn from your mistakes and eventually memorize what to do in each situation.

Aside from using training software, another way that you can learn proper Big Times Draw strategy is through a strategy chart.

Strategy charts aren't available on every game, but you can find them for the popular video poker variations. Below you can see charts for Bonus Poker and Deuces Wild.

Bonus Poker Strategy Chart

  • 14 of a kind, straight flush, royal flush
  • 24 cards to a royal flush
  • 3Straight, flush, full house
  • 43 of a Kind
  • 54 cards to a straight flush
  • 62 Pair
  • 7Pair of jacks, queens, kings, or aces
  • 83 cards to a royal flush
  • 94 cards to a flush
  • 10KQJT unsuited
  • 11Low pair
  • 124 cards to an outside straight
  • 133 cards to a straight flush
  • 14AKQJ unsuited
  • 152 cards suited high cards
  • 163 cards to a straight flush
  • 174 to an inside straight with 3 high cards
  • 18Unsuited JQK
  • 19Unsuited JQ
  • 203 cards to a Straight Flush
  • 21Unsuited KQ, KJ
  • 22Suited JT
  • 23Unsuited AK, AQ, AJ
  • 24Ace
  • 253 cards to a straight flush
  • 26Suited KT, QT
  • 27Jack, queen or king
  • 283 cards to a straight flush

Deuces Wild Strategy Chart


4 Deuces
  • 14 deuces
3 Deuces
  • 1Pat royal flush
  • 23 deuces
2 Deuces
  • 1Pat 4 of a kind (or better)
  • 24 cards to a royal flush
  • 34 cards to a straight flush
  • 42 deuces
1 Deuce
  • 1Pat royal flush, pat 4 of a kind
  • 24 cards to a royal flush
  • 3Full house
  • 43 of a kind, straight, flush
  • 54 cards to a straight flush
  • 63 cards to a royal flush
  • 73 cards to a straight flush
  • 81 deuce
0 Deuces
  • 14 5 cards to a royal flush
  • 2Straight flush, 4 of a kind, 3 of a kind
  • 34 cards to a straight flush
  • 43 cards to a royal flush
  • 5Pair
  • 64 cards to a flush
  • 74 cards to an outside straight
  • 83 cards to a straight flush
  • 94 cards to an inside straight (unless you don't have a deuce)
  • 102 cards to a royal flush
  • 11Q high
  • 12J high
  • 13Discard everything

Conclusion

The biggest disadvantage to Big Times Draw Poker is that it isn't easy to find. But when you do stumble upon this game, it's worth playing due to the unique multipliers.

Big Times Poker lets you get up to a 10x multiplier when you make a max bet. And if you combine a 10x multiplier with a 4,000 coin royal flush payout, you're looking at 40,000 coins!

Of course, this is more like a jackpot scenario than a realistic one. But you'll be happy with the many other multiplied payouts you can form too.

One thing that may stop low rollers is the 10 coin bet to activate the highest hand multiplier. Assuming you can't afford this, then we recommend skipping Big Times Draw Poker.

But if you have a large bankroll and are looking for something new in the video poker world, then Big Times Draw Poker is an excellent choice.

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