Double Bonus Poker Plus

Double Bonus Poker Plus

Double Bonus Poker Plus is a video poker machine that offers bonus payouts for specific 4 of a kinds.

This certainly isn't uncommon because there are plenty of video poker bonus games that pay extra for 4 of a kinds. But Double Bonus Poker Plus is rarebecause its highest bonuses are awarded for adjacent cards.

This is the only video poker machine we know of that values where cards appear in your 5 card hand. And this makes Double Bonus Plus one of the most interesting video poker games you'll find.

But does this uniqueness make Double Bonus Poker Plus a good game? Or just some novelty that you should avoid?

Let's find out by reviewing this machine's playing process, payback, pay tables, where to find it, and strategy.

The Basics of Playing Double Bonus Poker Plus Video Poker

Double Bonus Poker Plus isn't hard to play. The main difference is that you need to consider where cards are situated in your hand.

This creates an intriguing dynamic where you sometimes hold cards and make discards based on their positioning.

Again, this doesn't disrupt the basic process of playing video poker. And you shouldn't have much trouble adjusting to this machineif you've played other games.

Betting Process

You can bet between 1 and 5 coins per hand. If you're trying to use perfect strategy, then you'll want to wager the 5 coin max.

The reason why is because the royal flush payout has a big jump in value from a 4 credit win (1,000 coins) to a 5 credit win (4,000). All other payouts increase proportionately when you add an extra coin to your wager, including the bonus prizes.

Most video poker machines in land based casinos feature coin denominations ranging from $0.25 to $1.00. This puts your max bet between $1.25 and $5.00, depending upon the machine.

Low rollers won't have trouble with the $1.25 max bet because this is the video poker standard.

It's also nice that you don't have to wager any extra coins to unlock the bonus payouts. We've played some bonus games where you must risk 6 to 10 coins to win the bonuses.

Adjacent Bonus Payouts

As mentioned before, Double Bonus Poker Plus offers additional money for adjacent hands. This means that every card in the winning hand must be side by side.

Here's a look at how much these hands and other bonus payouts are worth based on a 5 coin bet:

  • 4 adjacent aces = 2,000 coins
  • 4 adjacent 2s through 4s = 800
  • 4 aces = 800
  • 4 2s through 4s = 400
  • 4 5s through kings = 200

The payouts for four aces and four 2s 4s are significantly higher when they're formed adjacently. Meanwhile, the other prizes are standard Double Bonus payouts.

Let's go over a couple examples of forming winning adjacent hands:

Example 1
  • You're dealt: A A A A 5
  • This qualifies as 4 adjacent aces.
  • You win 2,000 coins on a 5 coin bet.
Example 2
  • You're dealt: A 4 4 4 4
  • This qualifies as 4 adjacent 4s.
  • You win 800 coins on a max bet.
Example 3
  • You're dealt: A A 7 A A
  • This qualifies as regular 4 aces.
  • You win 800 coins - instead of 2,000 for adjacent aces.

Playing Hands

Here are the steps for playing hands in Double Bonus Poker Plus:

  • 1Choose how many coins to wager.
  • 2Select Draw to receive your 5 card hand.
  • 3Decide what cards to hold and discard.
  • 4Choose Draw to replace discards with new cards.
  • 5The game evaluates your hand for any potential payout.

After a hand, you can either change your bet or choose Deal to play the next hand without adjusting your bet.

We recommend the latter because you should play 5 coins every hand for max royal flush value.

Onscreen Display

Double Bonus Poker Plus features a standard video poker screen. The only difference is that the pay table includes adjacent bonus hands.

Below you can see the betting and game options featured on Double Bonus Poker Plus machines:

  • Bet One - This button increases your wager by one coin every time it's chosen.
  • Bet Max - This option automatically increases your bet to the 5 coin max.
  • See Pays - Gives you a different view of the pay table, which is already featured onscreen.
  • Help - See game rules.
  • Coin Denomination - Shows the game's coin denomination (i.e. $0.05, $0.25, $1.00, or higher).

Double Bonus Poker Plus vs. Double Double Bonus Poker Plus

Double Bonus Poker has another variation called Double Double Bonus Poker Plus. This game plays like Double Bonus Poker Plus, but the payouts are different.

Specifically, Double Double Bonus Poker Plus doesn't have special prizes for adjacent hands. But it does have more bonuses with kickers than we've ever seen.

You can see these bonus payouts below (based on 5 coin bet):

  • 4 aces w / 2 to 4 kicker = 2,000 coins
  • 4 aces w / 5 to K = 800
  • 4 2s 4s w / A to 4 = 800
  • 4 2s 4s w / 5 to K = 400
  • 4 5s Ks w / A = 400
  • 4 5s Ks w / 2 to K = 200

This is the first video poker game we've seen with 6 bonus hands with kickers. Given that Double Bonus Poker Plus doesn't have any hands like this, you can see how these games differ.

Payback and Pay Tables in Double Bonus Poker Plus

Double Bonus Poker players will be familiar with the Double Bonus Poker Plus pay table. If you take away the two adjacent bonuses, both games have the same qualifying hands.

Of course, it's the adjacent bonus hands that define Double Bonus Poker Plus. You can also look forward to other bonuses as well.

Double Bonus Poker Plus Pay Tables

9 / 6 / 5 Double Bonus Poker Plus Pay Table

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
Royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
4 adjacent aces 400 800 1200 1600 2000
4 adjacent 2s to 4s 160 320 480 640 800
4 aces 160 320 480 640 800
4 2s to 4s 80 160 240 320 400
4 5s to Ks 40 80 120 160 200
Full house 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 6 12 18 24 30
Straight 5 10 15 20 25
3 of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
2 pairs 1 2 3 4 5
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5

10 / 6 / 4 Double Bonus Poker Plus Pay Table

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
Royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
4 adjacent aces 400 800 1200 1600 2000
4 adjacent 2s to 4s 160 320 480 640 800
4 aces 160 320 480 640 800
4 2s to 4s 80 160 240 320 400
4 5s to Ks 40 80 120 160 200
Full house 10 20 30 40 50
Flush 6 12 18 24 30
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

9 / 6 / 4 Double Bonus Poker Plus Pay Table

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
Royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
4 adjacent aces 400 800 1200 1600 2000
4 adjacent 2s to 4s 160 320 480 640 800
4 aces 160 320 480 640 800
4 2s to 4s 80 160 240 320 400
4 5s to Ks 40 80 120 160 200
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 1 2 3 4 5
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5

8 / 6 / 4 Double Bonus Poker Plus Pay Table

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
Royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
4 adjacent aces 400 800 1200 1600 2000
4 adjacent 2s to 4s 160 320 480 640 800
4 aces 160 320 480 640 800
4 2s to 4s 80 160 240 320 400
4 5s to Ks 40 80 120 160 200
Full house 8 16 24 32 40
Flush 6 12 18 24 30
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

9 / 5 / 4 Double Bonus Poker Plus Pay Table

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
Royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
4 adjacent aces 400 800 1200 1600 2000
4 adjacent 2s to 4s 160 320 480 640 800
4 aces 160 320 480 640 800
4 2s to 4s 80 160 240 320 400
4 5s to Ks 40 80 120 160 200
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

The three numbers in front of each pay table refer to how much these games pay for a full house, flush, and straight.

In the case of 9 / 6 / 5 Double Bonus Poker Plus, a full house pays 9 coins, a flush pays 6, and a straight offers 5. This is the best possible pay table for Double Bonus Poker Plus.

Another example is the 9 / 5 / 4 pay table, which offers 9 coins for a full house, 5 for a flush, and 4 for a straight. This is the lowest paying game in the list above.

Double Bonus Poker Plus Payback

Here are payback figures on the 5 Double Bonus Poker Plus pay tables above:

  • 9 / 6 / 5 Double Bonus Poker Plus =100.08% payback
  • 10 / 6 / 4 Double Bonus Poker Plus = 99.76%
  • 9 / 6 / 4 Double Bonus Poker Plus = 98.68%
  • 8 / 6 / 4 Double Bonus Poker Plus = 97.60%
  • 9 / 5 / 4 Double Bonus Poker Plus = 97.57%

It's rare to find video poker machines that offer over 100% payback. But 9 / 6 / 5 Double Bonus Poker Plus is one of the few games that offers players positive expectation.

And as we'll cover later, you can find the 9 / 6 / 5 pay table in Las Vegas.

10 / 6 / 4 Double Bonus Poker Plus also offers high payback at 99.76%. Out of the other three tables, the 9 / 6 / 4 game is the only one that has reasonable payback.

Comparison to Double Bonus Poker Pay Table

Double Bonus Poker offers a simpler pay table than Double Bonus Plus because it doesn't have adjacent hand payouts.

Another difference is that Double Bonus Poker offers 10 more coins for four 5s through kings.

Aside from these discrepancies, these games are similar and have the same qualifying hands.

10 / 7 Double Bonus Poker

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
Royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
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 10 20 30 40 50
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
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5

Double Bonus Poker Plus Hand Probabilities

Here are the odds of each hand occurring in 9 / 6 / 5 Double Bonus Poker Plus:

  • Royal flush = 0.0025% probability
  • Straight flush = 0.011%
  • 4 adjacent aces = 0.0093%
  • 4 adjacent 2s 4s = 0.021%
  • 4 aces = 0.014%
  • 4 2s 4s = 0.032%
  • 4 5s Ks = 0.16%
  • Full house = 1.1%
  • Flush = 1.1%
  • Straight = 1.5%
  • 3 of a kind = 7.45%
  • 2 pair = 12.16%
  • Jacks or better = 20.75%

The bulk of your wins come from Jacks or better (20.75%), 2 pair (12.16%), and a 3 of a kind (7.45%). This makes sense because these hands are the easiest to obtain.

The two adjacent hands don't happen very often. In fact, the odds of getting 4 adjacent aces are less than 1 in 10,000.

Where to Find Double Bonus Poker Plus - Online, Offline, Free, or Real Money

According to Michael Shackleford (a.k.a. the Wizard of Odds), IGT has discontinued production on Double Bonus Poker Plus. But you can still find this game throughout the United States and Caribbean.

Shackleford first spotted this machine at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

We used vpFREE2.com to search for Double Bonus Poker Plus, which is abbreviated as "DB+" on the site. And we found that Las Vegas' Plaza Hotel & Casino and Texas Station both offer this game.

Plaza has the 10 / 6 / 4 version, which offers 99.76% payback. Texas Stationis even more attractive because they have the full pay 9 / 6 / 5 pay table.

Using perfect strategy, you'll achieve 100.08% payback with the full pay version. But using optimal strategy is hard as we'll cover next.

Double Bonus Poker Plus isn't available online. This means that you won't be able to play this game for free or real money at internet casinos.

Double Bonus Poker Plus Strategy

The problem with Double Bonus Poker Plus is that it doesn't have conventional strategy. And this means that strategy charts and video poker trainers don't cover Double Bonus Poker Plus.

Oftentimes you can buy video poker training software and customizable pay tables. This works great for when the game you're playing isn't covered by free trainers.

But we don't know of any trainers - free or on sale - that have a customizable option for hand position.

This leaves you using strategy charts / trainers that cover the next closest game in Double Bonus Poker. You can then calibrate your strategy based on when you're holding 2 3 matching cards that are adjacent to each other.

Here are the pros and cons to using Double Bonus Poker strategy for this game:

  • Pro: Most of the same payouts as Double Bonus Poker Plus.
  • Pro: Payouts are roughly equal to DB+.
  • Con: Adjacent hands don't matter.
  • Con: 2 missing bonus hands make the strategy less adaptable.

Again, no video poker trainer or strategy chart accounts for the adjacent payouts of Double Bonus Poker Plus.

But the good news is that the adjacent bonuses happen so infrequently that you can get away with using Double Bonus Poker strategy and some modifications.

Here are a few strategy recommendations:

  • Always pay attention to adjacent aces, 2s, 3s, and 4s. These payouts don't happen often, but they pay big when you land them.
  • Always bet 5 coins to get max value on the royal flush.
  • Shackleford recommends using a strategy maker on Double Bonus, then creating a blended average of 4 of a kind wins (i.e. 256 coins for four aces, and 112 coins for four 2s 4s.).
  • Use this customized strategy whenever you play the game to achieve near optimal strategy.

Conclusion

Double Bonus Poker Plus introduces a new element to video poker where card positioning matters. And you win big when lining up correct hands in adjacent order.

This differs from other bonus machines that only center on 4 of a kinds, 5 of a kinds, and hands with kickers.

Double Bonus and Double Double Bonus players will appreciate how close the Double Bonus Poker Plus pay table is to these games. The only real adjustment you need to make includes looking for adjacent aces through 4s when available.

But this game does have a couple of downsides, including its limited availability and lack of common strategy.

We only found two casinos in Las Vegas that carry Double Bonus Poker Plus. This game is likely floating around in other parts of the US and Caribbean (including Punta Cana), but the machine's production has been discontinued.

Regarding the strategy, you need to create your own because Double Bonus Poker Plus isn't compatible with charts or trainers. But the good news is that you can get fairly close to optimal strategy with a modified Double Bonus Poker pay table.

In summary, we don't suggest going out of your way to find Double Bonus Poker. After all, the adjacent hands only play a small part in the game. But this machine is definitely worth a few bets if you have access to it.

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