Dice Fever Poker

Dice Fever Poker

Dice Fever is a video poker game that has craps like elements.

It plays like a regular video poker machine. But the key difference is a feature where dice are rolled to determine if you get a bonus.

What is this bonus? And how expensive is it to activate the feature?

We'll discuss this and more as we cover Dice Fever's betting process, bonus feature, pay tables, payback, where to find this game, and strategy.

The Basics of Playing Dice Fever Video Poker


The rules of Dice Fever are intimidating at first. But you shouldn't have any trouble getting used to Dice Fever if you've played video poker before.

Hands are played like normal, and the software handles the bonus process.

This means that you only have to worry about placing the bonus bet. Afterward, you can sit back and watch the dice roll while hoping for a bonus.

Let's first look at the betting process, then get into the bonus feature and how you play hands.

Betting Process

You can make a regular wager of 1 to 5 coins on each hand.

We Recommend Betting the 5 Coin Max For Two Reasons:
  • 1The royal flush pays 4,000 coins on a 5 credit bet. This gives you more value than winning a royal flush with 1 credit (250 coins), 2 credits (500), 3 credits (750) or 4 credits (1,000).
  • 2You need to bet 5 coins to be eligible for the bonus round.

You must bet a sixth coin to activate the Dice Fever feature. As we'll cover later with payback, you should play all six coins because this improves your long term chances of winning.

Low rollers will be comfortable with the 6 coin wager because they're only risking one extra credit.

Most video poker machines in brick and mortar casinos have $0.25 or $1 coin denominations. This makes the 6 coin bet worth either $1.50 or $6.00 per hand.

Dice Fever Features


Here Are the Rules on the Dice Fever Feature When It's Active:
  • 1You'll see 5 six sided dice in the upper right hand corner.
  • 2The dice are programmed to have the same probabilities as regular dice.
  • 3The goal is to match all 5 dice within two rolls (deal and draw round).
  • 4The game automatically holds the largest number of matching dice after the deal roll.
  • 5If no matching dice are rolled, the highest single dice is held.
  • 6The non held dice roll a second time during the draw round.
  • 7If the dice form a 5 of a kind (a.k.a. Yahtzee), you trigger the bonus round.
Let's Look at an Example of the Dice Fever Feature in Action:
  • The dice roll two 3s and three 5s on the deal.
  • The three 5s are held.
  • The two non held dice roll again on the draw round and both come up 5s.
  • You trigger the bonus because you get a 5 of a kind matching dice.

Bonus Round


Here Are Rules For the Bonus Round When it's Triggered:
  • 1You receive 5 free games / hands with a 3x multiplier.
  • 2A dealt royal flush receives a 5x multiplier.
  • 3Bonus hands are played with a 5 coin bet.
  • 4The dice still roll during bonus games.
  • 5If you retrigger the bonus, your next set of free hands features a 5x multiplier.
  • 6Bonus hands can be retriggered up to a total of 100 free hands / games.
Here's an Example of a Bonus Hand:
  • You get a full house worth 45 coins.
  • We multiply 45 coins by the 3x multiplier.
  • Your win is now worth 135 coins.

Playing Hands


Let's Recap How to Play Hands in Dice Fever:
  • 1Select your bet sixe; this will be 6 coins for our purposes.
  • 2Choose Deal to receive your 5 card hand.
  • 3The dice also roll during the deal, holding the highest matching dice or highest single dice.
  • 4Choose what cards you want to hold and discard.
  • 5Click Draw to finalize your hand.
  • 6The non held dice will roll again.
  • 7Your hand is evaluated for any potential wins.
  • 8If you trigger the bonus with 5 of a kind dice, you'll be given 5 free hands with a 3x multiplier.

Onscreen Display

Dice Fever's onscreen display is very similar to other video poker machines. You'll see a pay table at the top, cards in the middle, and betting options at the bottom.

But the main difference is that you'll see a green box in the upper right corner that features the 5 dice. You'll also see a sign that states "5 Matching Dice Initiates Free Games."

This box allows you to see the dice roll during the deal and draw rounds.

Here Are the Betting / Game Options You'll See Onscreen:
  • Bet One - This button increases your bet size by one every time it's pushed.
  • Bet Max - Automatically wagers the 5 coin maximum when chosen.
  • Deal - This deals your initial 5 card hand.
  • Draw - The Draw button (same spot as Deal) finalizes your hand after the draw round.
  • Game Info - Allows you to look at the game rules.
  • Coin Denomination - Shows the current coin denomination of the machine.

Variations

Dice Fever doesn't affect the structure or pay table of a standard video poker game. Instead, it only adds rolling dice and a bonus round to the equation.

This means that Dice Fever can be adapted to different video poker variations.

Here's a Brief Look at Eight Games That Dice Fever Can be Played Through.
  • Bonus Poker

      This variation offers bonus payouts for specific 4 of a kinds. These include four aces, four 2s 4s, and four 5s Ks. Four aces offer the largest bonus payout at 400 coins on a 5 coin bet.

  • Bonus Poker Deluxe

      Bonus Deluxe differs from Bonus Poker because it pays 400 coins on any 4 of a kind (5 credit bet). Other than this, the games play the same.

  • Deuces Wild

      Any 2 is a wildcard in Deuces Wild. This allows you to form hands like 4 deuces and a 5 of a kind.

  • Bonus Deuces Wild

      This is regular Deuces Wild with added bonus payouts for five aces, five 3s 5s, and five 6s Ks.

  • Double Bonus

      Double Bonus delivers larger bonus prizes for different 4 of a kinds. These hands include four aces (800 coins), four 2s 4s (400), and four 5s Ks (250).

  • Double Double Bonus

      This game takes bonus payouts to a new level by offering 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.

  • Jacks or Better

      This variant pays for as little as a pair of jacks and offers the simplest pay table in video poker. The latter is why many games are based on Jacks or Better.

  • Triple Double Bonus
    • Triple Double Bonus is a bonus lover's dream because it pays 4,000 coins for four aces with a 2 4 kicker; 2,000 for four 2s 4s with an A 4 kicker; 800 coins for four aces with a 5 K kicker; and 400 coins for four 2s 4s with a 5 K kicker.

Payback and Pay Tables in Dice Fever Video Poker

As mentioned before, the Dice Fever feature doesn't affect video poker pay tables. Instead, it merely enhances your wins through multipliers and free hands.

This means that you'll be dealing with basic pay tables when playing Dice Fever.Some of these tables don't pay very much because the bonus feature increases payback.

That's why it's important to shop around when you find multiple Dice Fever machines in the same casino.

Let's continue by looking at sample pay tables, how much payback Dice Fever adds, and what the probabilities are of getting the bonus.

Dice Fever Pay Tables

The good thing about Dice Fever is that it doesn't take long to learn. And a big reason why is because the pay tables are all based on common video poker games.

We won't cover all eight games that are found on the Dice Fever machine. But let's look at a few popular games in Bonus Poker, Jacks or Better, and Triple Bonus Poker.

8 / 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 80 120 160 200
4 5s Ks 25 50 75 100 125
Full house 8 16 24 30 36
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 / 6 Jacks or Better
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 of a kind 25 50 75 100 125
Full house 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 6 12 18 24 30
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 / 7 Triple 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 240 480 720 960 1,200
4 2s 4s 120 240 360 480 600
4 5s Ks 75 150 225 300 375
Full house 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 7 14 21 28 35
Straight 5 10 15 20 25
3 of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
2 pairs 1 2 3 4 5
Kings or better 1 2 3 4 5

These are the top pay tables in each respective game. And you probably won't find these exact ones when searching for Dice Fever.

But you'll see variations of these tables that only differ in terms of their full house and flush payouts.

Here Are Examples Using Jacks or Better (JoB):
  • 9 / 6 JoB offers 99.54% payback. This game pays 9 coins for a full house and 6 for a flush.
  • 9 / 5 JoB offers 98.45% payback. This game pays 8 coins for a full house and 5 for a flush.
  • 8 / 6 JoB offers 98.39% payback. This game pays 8 coins for a full house and 6 for a flush.

As you can see, minimal changes in the full house and flush payouts have an impact on payback. This is why you want to look for the highest possible payouts for full houses and flushes.

Dice Fever Payback

According to calculations from Michael Shackleford (a.k.a. Wizard of Odds), the Dice Fever feature adds 0.34% to payback on average.

This Means Two Things:
  • 1You always want to bet the sixth coin in this game.
  • 2Dice Fever increase the value of every pay table.
Below You Can See Payback For Every Game / Table When Accounting For the 0.34% Increase:
  • 9 / 7 / 5 Double Bonus = 99.45%
  • 9 / 6 / 5 Double Bonus = 98.14%
  • 9 / 6 / 4 Double Bonus = 96.71%
  • 9 / 6 Double Double Bonus = 99.32%
  • 9 / 5 Double Double Bonus = 98.21%
  • 8 / 5 Double Double Bonus = 97.12%
  • 9 / 6 Jacks or Better = 99.89%
  • 9 / 5 Jacks or Better = 98.79%
  • 8 / 5 Jacks or Better = 97.63%
  • 9 / 7 Triple Double Bonus = 99.92%
  • 9 / 6 Triple Double Bonus = 98.49%
  • 9 / 5 Triple Double Bonus = 97.35%
  • 8 / 5 Bonus Poker = 99.51% payback
  • 7 / 5 Bonus Poker = 98.35%
  • 6 / 5 Bonus Poker = 97.20%
  • 9 / 6 Bonus Poker Deluxe = 99.98%
  • 8 / 6 Bonus Poker Deluxe = 98.83%
  • 8 / 5 Bonus Poker Deluxe = 97.74%
  • 25 / 16 / 10 / 4 / 4 / 3 Deuces Wild = 100.07%
  • 25 / 15 / 9 / 4 / 4 / 3 Deuces Wild = 99.25%
  • 20 / 12 / 10 / 4 / 4 / 3 Deuces Wild = 97.91%
  • 9 / 4 / 4 / 3 Deuces Wild Bonus Poker = 99.79%
  • 13 / 4 / 4 / 3 Deuces Wild Bonus Poker = 99.14%
  • 10 / 4 / 3 / 3 Deuces Wild Bonus Poker = 97.70%

Dice Fever Probabilities

The table below shows your chances of getting each number of matching dice and landing a Yahtzee.

Here's an Explanation of What Each Category in the Table Means:
  • Dice Held - Number of matching dice held after initial deal.
  • Probability - Probability of each individual matching dice total happening.
  • Yahtzee Probability - Chances of getting a 5 of a kind based on the current number of matching dice.
  • Total Probability - Total odds of getting Yahtzee based on the probability and Yahtzee probability.
Dice Held Probability Yahtzee Probability Total Probability
1 9.26% 0.08% 0.01%
2 69.44% 0.46% 0.32%
3 19.29% 2.78% 0.54%
4 1.93% 16.67% 0.32%
5 0.08% 100.00% 0.08%
1.26%

The total probabilities add up to you landing the bonus 1.26% of the time.

Obviously this doesn't sound great. But don't forget that you also receive 5 free hands and a 3x multiplier whenever the bonus is triggered.

Where to Find Dice Fever Poker - Online, Offline, Free, or Real Money

Dice Fever can be found in major US casino destinations.

Shackleford reported seeing this game in a Las Vegas bar back in 2014. The site vpFREE2.com reports that Dice Fever is also located in the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

We're sure that the game can found in plenty of other casinos.

Dice Fever isn't offered at internet casinos, meaning you won't be able to play this game for free or real money online.

Dice Fever Video Poker Strategy

Two General Strategy Rules That You Want to Follow With Dice Fever Include the Following:
  • 1Always bet the sixth coin because it raises payback by an average of 0.34%.
  • 2Follow the same strategy used in the base game.

Regarding the second point, you'd use basic Jacks or Better strategy if you're playing Dice Fever through a JoB machine. Likewise, basic Double Double Bonus strategy would apply to this game.

This makes Dice Fever a friendly game for video poker players who want to try something different without reinventing the wheel.

All you need to do is pick a game you're familiar with, bet the sixth coin, and use correct strategy.

Speaking of the latter, the two main ways you learn video poker strategy include training programs and strategy charts. Let's look at both of these methods below.

Dice Fever Strategy Charts

Popular video poker games offer strategy charts that show what hands you should keep in descending order.

You need to use the appropriate chart for the game you're playing to achieve optimal strategy. We won't look at every game, but you can see strategy charts for Jacks or Better and Deuces Wild below.

Jacks or Better Strategy Chart

No video poker game is easy to master. But Jacks or Better is the easiest when compared to other variations.

The reason why JoB strategy is simpler than other video poker games is because it has a basic pay table. This means you won't have as many hands to worry when scanning the chart.

But You Still Have a Fair Amount of Hands to Keep Track of:
  • 1Royal flush, straight flush, 4 of a kind
  • 24 to a royal flush
  • 3Full house, flush, straight, 3 of a kind
  • 44 to a straight flush
  • 5Two pair
  • 6High pair (As to Js)
  • 73 cards to a royal flush
  • 84 cards to a flush
  • 9Unsuited K Q J T
  • 10Low pair (10s to 2s)
  • 114 to an outside straight w / 0 to 2 high cards
  • 123 to a straight flush
  • 13Suited Q J
  • 144 to an inside straight w / 4 high cards
  • 15Suited K Q, K J
  • 16Suited A K, A Q, or A J
  • 174 to an inside straight w / 3 high cards
  • 183 to a straight flush
  • 19Unsuited K Q J
  • 20Unsuited Q J
  • 21Suited J T
  • 222 unsuited high cards w / king high card
  • 23Suited Q T
  • 242 unsuited high cards w / ace high card
  • 25Jack only
  • 26Suited K T
  • 27Queen, king, or ace only
  • 283 cards to a straight flush

Deuces Wild Strategy Chart

Deuces Wild differs from JoB because its strategy is based on how many deuces (wildcards) you have. The fewer deuces you have, the more potential hands you need to consider.

This is confusing if you're coming from standard strategy in games like JoB and Bonus Poker. But it shouldn't take you long to master the change with a strategy chart:

4 Deuces

  • 14 deuces
3 Deuces
  • 1Wild royal flush
  • 23 deuces only - discard any non pair
  • 33 deuces only - discard any pair of 9s or less
  • 45 of a kind
  • 53 deuces only - discard any pair of 10s or less
  • 64 to a royal flush
  • 7Straight flush or less
2 Deuces
  • 1Wild royal flush
  • 25 of a kind
  • 3Straight flush
  • 44 of a kind
  • 54 to a royal flush
  • 62 consecutive suited cards
  • 72 deuces only
  • 82 consecutive suited cards
  • 9Full house or less
1 Deuce
  • 1Wild royal flush
  • 25 of a kind
  • 3Straight flush
  • 44 of a kind
  • 54 to a royal flush
  • 6Full house
  • 73 consecutive suited cards
  • 83 of a kind
  • 9Straight
  • 10Flush
  • 114 to a straight flush
  • 123 to a royal flush
  • 132 consecutive suited cards
  • 143 to a royal flush
  • 15Deuce only
  • 163 to a royal flush
  • 172 consecutive suited cards
  • 184 to an outside straight
0 Deuces
  • 1Natural royal flush
  • 24 cards to a royal flush
  • 3Straight flush
  • 44 of a kind
  • 5Full house
  • 63 of a kind
  • 7Straight, flush
  • 84 to an outside straight flush
  • 9Suited T J Q
  • 104 to an inside straight flush
  • 113 to a royal flush
  • 12Pair
  • 13Two pair
  • 144 to a flush
  • 154 to an outside straight
  • 163 to a straight flush
  • 172 to a royal flush
  • 184 to an inside straight
  • 192 to a royal flush
  • 20Discard everything

Practicing Dice Fever with a Video Poker Trainer

A video poker trainer is a program that sees you play games like normal. But the key difference is that the trainer points out mistakes you make from a strategy standpoint.

Here's an Example Using 9 / 6 Jacks or Better:
  • You're dealt: 10s 7d Qs 7c Kh
  • You keep Qs Kh.
  • The trainer alerts you to the mistake.
  • The correct move in this situation is to keep 7d 7c.

Besides showing whether you made a correct or incorrect strategy decision, a trainer also shows probabilities on the optimal play.

Here's an Example:
  • You're dealt: 6h Jh 4d 7c 4s
  • You keep 4d ds.
  • The trainer shows that this is the best possible move.
  • The program also shows that this decision has an average expected return of 4.12 coins on a 5 coin bet.

The goal behind a trainer is to learn from your mistakes and eventually use perfect strategy.

When using a video poker trainer, you can either use a free one online or buy software.

The obvious advantage of a free trainer is that you don't have to pay anything. Furthermore, free programs cover several popular games and pay tables.

The benefits to buying software includes having a larger selection of games / pay tables, and you can even customize your own pay tables. The latter is important when you're playing a game that's not covered by free trainers.

But given that Dice Fever only deals with popular video poker variants, we urge you not to pay for a trainer in this case.

You can find a couple of good free trainers at CasinoIntellect.com and VideoPokerTrainer.org.

Conclusion

Dice Fever lives up to its name by featuring 5 rolling dice during the deal and draw round. This creates extra excitement on each hand because you have a chance at both regular wins and the bonus.

Of course, this bonus feature comes with a cost because you must wager a sixth coin. But few players will see this as a problem given that it's only one more coin than a regular max bet.

And Dice Fever isn't just some frivolous bonus feature - it improves your chances of winning by 0.34%.

The only real downside we see to making this bet is that you'll only trigger the bonus 1.26% of the time.

This means that you'll rarely enjoy the fruits of the Dice Fever feature. But when you do, it's sweet.

You receive 5 free hands during the bonus with a 3x multiplier. And this leads to some really big wins when the right hands come around.

An added bonus is that Dice Fever is connected to the most popular video poker variations. This creates familiarity and makes it easy to jump right into Dice Fever.

In summary, if you're looking for a unique video poker game that's cheap and not hard to play, give Dice Fever a try.

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