Double Double Bonus Poker Plus
If you could find a video poker Bible, the Book of Genesis would probably go something like this:
Jacks or Better begat Bonus Poker, which begat Double Bonus Poker, which begat Double Double Bonus Poker - and lo, Double Double Bonus Poker Plus was born.
After the classic Jacks or Better established the template, Bonus Poker perked things up by adding premium payouts on four of a kind. Those payouts were doubled in Double Bonus Poker, and by the time Double Double Bonus Poker hit casino floors, four of a kind hands could be improved with low card "kickers."
All of that evolutionary progress eventually produced Double Double Bonus Poker Plus, a game which pales in comparison to its predecessor in terms of public popularity. If the original Double Double Bonus game is akin to The Beatles, the Plus version is a Ringo Starr solo session.
This game simply takes the model established by Double Double Bonus Poker - right down to a carbon copy of the pay table - and adds just a single new hand to the equation: four of a kind in 5s through Kings, plus an Ace kicker.
That's it, and that's all.
With that said, we fully recommend heading to our main page for Double Double Bonus Poker (link to game page here), as that game is a mirror image of this one aside from the aforementioned new hand ranking. Once you've familiarized yourself with the original, you'll be better prepared to tackle this less than inspired reboot.
Considering the lack of creativity that International Game Technology (IGT) - the worldwide manufacturer of your favorite video poker machines - put into Double Double Bonus Poker Plus, it's no wonder the game failed to take off like previous offshoots. Throw in a reduced payback percentage (more on this to come), and this game is nothing but an inferior knockoff mimicking a more successful product.
Even so, every video poker game deserves its due - in our eyes anyway - so this page was put together to provide a full primer on Double Double Bonus Poker Plus.
You'll find everything you need to know about the gameplay, beginning with a walkthrough aimed at rookies, a discussion on the importance of payback percentage comparisons, the complete 9 / 6 "full pay" table and downgraded versions, and even a strategy section designed to teach you the correct play for any possible scenario. From there, we'll guide you to the nearest Double Double Bonus Poker Plus machines in your area.
Double Double Bonus Poker Plus Basics
Before we lead you into the world of expert level video poker play, this section will be devoted to the very basics. With that in mind, readers who know their way around a Game King machine by now are more than welcome to skip ahead to the next section.
But for the beginners out there - players who know they want to try video poker, but haven't had the chance to do so quite yet - this section is for you.
When you walk onto the casino floor, you'll see video poker machines grouped together in clusters. The typical Game King model by IGT is by far the most commonly seen, but you'll run into other products as well. In any event, these machines are programmed to house several different variants, so you won't be looking for a flashing sign that says "Double Double Bonus Poker Plus."
Instead, find the nearest Game King machine and take a seat. Deposit cash, coins, or a casino credit voucher to build your starting bankroll, and a few taps of the onscreen menu will bring you to a GAMES section. From there, you can locate this particular variant.
Once you've chosen your preferred game, it's time to select the coin denomination you'll be playing with. Think of this like chips at the table game pits, so coin denomination simply means the betting increment you'll be using. Video poker generally runs from penny stakes, meaning a $0.01 coin denomination, through nickel, quarter, dollar, and up.
Take your pick of these options based on your personal bankroll limitations.
After selecting Double Double Bonus Poker Plus, you'll be presented with a grid outlined in yellow, featuring five columns and several rows of numbers. This is the pay table screen, and as you'll see, each number corresponds to a hand ranking - from royal flush all the way down to one pair of Jacks or better.
The game will default to the left most column, which signifies a 1 coin wager. But at this point, you'll want to toggle the pay table all the way over to the right hand side, which represents the maximum bet of 5 coins.
In the world of video poker, the pay table increases in perfect harmony as you move up between 1 and 4 coin bets. That is to say, doubling from 1 coin to 2 coins will double all payouts, and moving up to three coins will increase them one fold over again.
But when you bet the maximum of 5 coins on a given hand, the payout for a royal flush becomes massive, which lends video poker its jackpot element. If you're a more visual learner, check out the following payout alignment:
- 1 Coin - 250
- 2 Coin - 500
- 3 Coin - 750
- 4 Coin - 1,000
- 5 Coin - 4,000
As you can see, the first four payouts follow a set pattern, moving up in increments of 250 coins. That means the payout for a royal flush when betting 5 coins should be 1,250 coins, but instead it increases all the way to 4,000 coins. That's a massive increase, one which turns the 250 coins per coin wagered baseline into a juiced up jackpot of 800 coins per coin wagered.
All of that preamble is to say one thing: video poker is a max bet game, plain and simple. Unless you bet the max of 5 coins per deal, you'll just be sending the casino free money by sacrificing tons of expected return equity.
Now, we're not saying to bet over your head - far from it. That's where coin denominations come into play. If you don't feel comfortable betting at 5 coins on the quarter stakes, which comes to $1.25 per hand ($0.25 x 5 coins = $1.25), that's no problem at all. The game still plays exactly the same, with the same odds and same hands, if you dial it back to the nickel stakes and bet $0.25 per hand ($0.05 x 5 coins = $0.25).
Pressing the "DEAL" button will remove 5 coins from your credit counter, while prompting the virtual dealer (our name for the random number generator) to dole out five cards face up. This is your five card starting hand, which leaves 47 cards remaining in the deck to draw from.
You can click the "HOLD" button - one of which can be found under each of the five card graphics - to freeze that particular card in place. Clicking that same button again will release it, so don't worry about messing up, as you can always reverse your action. When you've decided which cards to hold, pressing "DEAL" again will start the draw. The unheld cards will be discarded and erased from the screen, replaced by new ones fresh from the deck.
This completes your final five card poker hand, which will then be scored against the pay table (we'll fill you in on these details later on) to see if you've earned a payout. From there, clicking "DEAL" once more will cause the cycle to repeat itself with a new five card deal from a "shuffled" 52 card deck.
For an example hand, we'll assume you've been dealt the Ac Ad 4c 4h 2c. This hand will come into play later when we tackle optimal strategy, so keep it in mind.
The drawing round is where the skill aspect of video poker comes into play, so get ready. From here, the objective of the game is to determine which poker hands and / or draws you currently hold (we'll cover the various hand ranks two sections on). Pat hands like a straight or full house will jump off the screen, so you'll know right off the bat how to play them.
But for hands like the Ac Ad 4c 4h 2c, you'll be faced with several seemingly strong choices - which is where the fun of video poker begins. Maybe you want to hold the two pair, as it's the strongest hand you currently hold? Or perhaps you like shooting for the moon, so holding the Ac 4c 2c three card straight flush draw is your choice? What about that pair of aces as well, could chasing the four of a kind in aces be a smart bet?
All of these questions comprise the beauty of video poker, so strap in and enjoy the ride.
We won't tell you how to play this example hand quite yet, so think it over for a while, and we'll reveal the best play later on in the strategy section.
What Is a Payback Percentage in the Context of Double Double Bonus Poker Plus?
Whenever you come across instructional material on gambling games, you'll almost always see one of two terms used throughout:
- 1The house edge
- 2The payback percentage
The first term is more common, as it applies to table games such as blackjack (0.50 percent house edge), baccarat (1.06 percent on Banker bets; 1.24 percent on Player bets), or roulette (2.70 percent on single zero wheels; 5.26 percent on double zero wheels).
A house edge percentage simply measures the expected return of a casino game or wager, as viewed from the casino's perspective. In other words, this metric defines what the house can expect to win over the long run.
Percentages and real dollars don't mix all that well, so players tend to multiply those house edge figured above by $100 betting increments to see how games and bets stack up. That means the casino can expect to collect $0.50 on every $100 put up by a blackjack player (one using optimal strategy anyway).
We know, we know... you can't lose fifty cents when betting a $100 black chip on blackjack. But house edge doesn't apply to single wagers, only the infinite long run of millions upon millions of wagers placed over time. Thus, the house can expect to win an average of $0.50 for every $100 bet on blackjack, but only when all bets made over time are taken into consideration.
Other games are far more house friendly, as the 5.26 percent rate offered to double zero roulette players demonstrates. When the house can scoop $5.26 from every $100 in wagers, they're winning at 10 times the rate when compared to blackjack. This, among many other reasons, is why sharp gamblers stick to twenty one over spinning wheels.
When we talk about payback percentage, the metric usually applies to machine games like video poker and the slots.
The standard variant of Jacks or Better, for example, runs at a payback percentage of 99.54 percent (when using the 9 / 6 full pay table). That's nearly identical to the 9 / 6 full pay version of Double Double Bonus Poker Plus, which pays back at a 99.44 percent rate.
But what do these numbers mean? Well, the flip side of house edge, that's what.
If house edge measures the casino's expected return, payback percentage assess the expected return players enjoy on a given game or pay table.
Thus, on 9 / 6 full pay Double Double Bonus Poker Plus, you can expect to "win" $99.44 from every $100 in bets made. Of course, that's not really a win, as you'll be losing $0.56 for each $100 wagered. But in any case, payback percentage measures what players can expect to be paid back over the long run.
The goal for house edge users is to find the lowest possible rates, or even a negative edge for the house - which equates to a positive edge for the player - a feat achieved by blackjack players who can accurately count cards.
For us video poker enthusiasts, the name of the game is locating the highest possible payback percentage. And in certain cases, such as 10 / 6 full pay Double Double Bonus Poker (100.07 percent), you can even find rules and pay tables that create a positive expectation game.
Now that you know what the terms house edge and payback percentage mean, be mindful of these two caveats to really understand how they work in the real world:
We mentioned millions upon millions of hands just now, and we meant it. When studying probability, mathematicians rely on massive sample sizes to weed out the variance. A quarter flipped 10 times could land on heads 10 times straight, but flip it 10 million times and you'll see it fall with a perfect balance between heads and tails. That's how probability works, by assessing the longest of the long term to see how the numbers really shake out.
This means players shouldn't think about house edge or payback percentage rates as applying to them personally. Even if you put in hours at the machines, day in and day out, you won't come close to approaching the volume needed to generate a sufficient sample size. Put another way, your personal sessions will always be subject to the whims of variance - hence your big winners, bigger givebacks, and long seesaw streaks in between.
But what these measurements lack in personal scope, they more than make up for when it comes to comparing games. If you decide to play Jacks or Better using the 9 / 6 full pay table, the payback percentage stands at 99.54 percent. But move down just one degree to the 9 / 5 pay table, and the payback rate falls all the way to 98.44.
Whenever you drop a full percentage point, that's a major movement in statistical terms. This is why savvy players always stick to the full pay machines.
By using house edge and payback percentage rates to compare different games, or pay tables within a given game, skilled video poker players always put their money behind the best possible odds. This is the true purpose of these measurements: allowing gamblers to sift through a casino's noise to see exactly where they stand from game to game.
One thing to always keep in mind about house edge and payback percentage rates is that they always apply to optimal strategy play. Unless you're approaching the game correctly, making the best possible decisions as often as you can, you won't be deriving the full benefits.
For blackjack players who know basic strategy through and through, their house edge is 0.50 percent - but it triples to 1.5 percent when gut instinct alone is used. The same holds true for video poker players, so unless you're prepared to learn optimal strategy (we have you covered on that front below), there's not much use in considering house edge and payback percentage comparisons.
Pay Tables for Double Double Bonus Poker Plus Creates a Transparent Payback Percentage
Below you'll find the 9 / 6 pay table, also called the "full pay" table, used for Double Double Bonus Poker Plus:
|Hand / Coin||1 Coin||2 Coins||3 Coins||4 Coins||5 Coins|
|Four Aces (2 / 3 / 4 kicker)||400||800||1200||1600||2000|
|Four 2s / 3s / 4s (A / 2 / 3 / 4)||160||320||480||640||800|
|Four 2s / 3s / 4s||80||160||240||320||400|
|Four Ks - 5s (A kicker)||80||160||240||320||400|
|Four Ks - 5s||50||100||150||200||250|
|Three of a Kind||3||6||9||12||15|
The term "full pay" comes from the fact that this 9 / 6 setup - taken from the respective coin pays for a full house and flush - offers the highest payback percentage of 99.44 percent for Double Double Bonus Poker Plus.
But casinos are nothing if not clever, so they're more than willing to tinker with the payouts to bring the player's payback percentage back down to Earth. The full house and flush payouts are the most likely target, which is why they're used to separate pay tables across various video poker variants.
Below you'll find a table containing some of the more common pay tables for Double Double Bonus Poker Plus, complete with their corresponding payback percentages:
Double Double Bonus Poker Plus Pay Tables (By Payback Percentage)
In each case, adjusting the payouts for a full house or flush in any way from the 9 / 6 baseline causes your payback percentage to plummet. Even the seemingly better 10 / 5 version - which tends to hook beginners most often due to the higher full house payout - causes a slight drop in your overall expectation.
It's not a major one, admittedly, but we're trying to point out the illusion of increased payouts when they don't align to the full pay numbers.
At this point, let's take a breather from all these numbers and decimal places to review the actual hands you'll be playing with in this game.
Below you'll find the 14 different five card poker hands which can bring back a payout in Double Double Bonus Poker Plus:
- Royal flush
The "holy grail" for video poker players is always the royal flush, which only comes in once every40,000 hands or so. To make the royal, you'll be looking for the 10 J Q K A "Broadway" straight, featuring all five cards in the same suit. Royals are the jackpot hand (for max bettors), sending a cool 4,000 coin hand pay your way when lightning strikes.
- Four Aces (2, 3, 4 kicker)
If you're familiar with traditional poker played on tables, or even most video poker variants, four of kind should be ranked below the straight flush. But this is Double Double Bonus Poke Plus, which puts the priority on landing four of a kind PLUS a low card kicker (A A A A 2, A A A A 3, or A A A A 4). With a hefty payout of 400 coins per coin wagered, quad aces with the kicker is the second strongest hand in the game - which is great, as it arrives onscreen with three times the frequency of a royal flush.
- Four Aces (5 through King kicker)
Hitting four aces, but missing the low card kicker, can be agonizing, but any quad aces hand with a kicker between 5 and King still counts for a solid 160 coin reward.
- Four 2s, 3s, or 4s (A, 2, 3, 4 kicker)
If you can't score quad aces, snagging four of a kind in 2s, 3s, or 4s, plusan A, 2, 3, or 4 kicker, should suffice. You'll have plenty of opportunities to draw at that wide range of hands, and if you hit it, the 160 coin per coin wagered payout matches that of four aces without a kicker.
- Four 2s, 3s, or 4s (5 through King kicker)
Along the same vein, landing four 2s, 3s, or 4s without a low card kicker is the next tier on the quads countdown. This one will payout 80 coins per coin wagered.
- Four 5s through Kings(Ace kicker)
The one hand that makes Double Double Bonus Poker Plus a new game is four of a kind in 5s through Kings, PLUS an Ace kicker. This hand matches the 80 coin payout from above, putting it on the bonus tier.
- Four 5s through King
And after long last, we come across a "normal" four of a kind. For this hand, any quads between 5s and Kingswithout that crucial Ace kicker - offers a 50 coin bounty.
- Straight flush
Traditionally, straight flushes sit just below the royal flush on the poker hand hierarchy. But we're playing Double Double Bonus Poker Plus, whichshuffles the deck so to speak. In this game, making a straight flush produces the same 50 coin payout as the basic quads hand above.To make one, look for any five card string of consecutive suited cards (2d 3d 4d 5d 6d, 8c 9c 10c Jc Qc).
- Full house
From here on in we're back to the basic poker hands, so no bonuses or other oddities to be found.A full house is the best "mid range" hand, paying out 9 coins whenever you put one pair side by side with three of a kind (7 7 7 10 10, 2 5 5 5 2, J Q Q Q J).
A flush consists of five cards, unconnected in rank, but sharing the same suit. Flushes include the 7h 9h Qh Kh Ah or 2c 6c 8c Jc Ac.
To score a straight, you'll need to string five consecutive card ranks together. And as for those valuable Aces, they can be used to make a straight in both directions, with the A 2 3 4 5 "wheel straight" and the 10 J Q K A "Broadway" straight both in play. But any five card run, such as 3 4 5 6 7 or 8 9 10 J Q will suffice.
- Three of a kind
This one's self explanatory, so look for three of the same card rank to land three of a kind (3 3 3 8 J, A A A 9 5, or 7 7 7 Q K are all examples).
- Two Pair
If you have one pair in one rank, and another pair in another, the result is two pair. Examples include (6 6 9 9 K or 2 2 10 10 Q).
- One Pair
Video poker games almost always incorporate the Jacks or Better threshold (J J, Q Q, K K, or A A) to earn a minimum payment, and Double Double Bonus Poker Plus is no exception.
Now that you know the 14 possible payable hands in this game, we can use the probability of making them relative to their payouts to crunch some numbers. Probability to payout ratios are the key to deciphering the expected value for each hand in Double Double Bonus Poker Plus. And by stacking up each individual hand, we can calculate the payback percentage for the entire game.
Remember how royal flushes only appear on 1 in 40,000 hands? That comes to a probability of 0.002 percent. But the payout for that hand is 800 coins per coin wagered, so if we multiply 0.002 percent by 800, we get an expected return of 2.00.
Flipping the script, it may seem like you see winless hands pop up about half the time - and you do. More than half, in fact, as non paying hands are dealt out 55.17 percent of the time. And as you can probably tell, the expected value for those hands is exactly zero (55.17 percent x 0 = 0).
But this formula can be applied to all 14 hands in the game, which is how we know that one pair of Jacks or better arrives on 21.24 percent of deals. And when it does, we hold an expected value of 21.24 (21.24 percent x 1 = 21.24).
The real use for this trick is hands like three of a kind and up, which don't offer a payout of 0 or 1 coins. Trips will hit the screen on 7.54 percent of hands, which comes to an expected return of 22.56 (7.54 x 3 = 21.63).
By using this formula across the 14 payable hands, and all non paying hands, in Double Double Bonus Poker Plus, we can create the following table:
Expected Return Table for Double Double Bonus Poker Plus
|Royal flush||0.002 percent||2.006 percent|
|Four As w kicker||0.006 percent||2.467 percent|
|Four 2s / 3s / 4s w kicker||0.014 percent||2.291 percent|
|Four As w no kicker||0.017 percent||2.781 percent|
|Four 2s / 3s / 4s w no kicker||0.038 percent||3.075 percent|
|Four 5s through Ks (A kicker)||0.154 percent||1.229 percent|
|Four 5s through Ks||0.148 percent||7.399 percent|
|Straight flush||0.011 percent||0.528 percent|
|Full house||1.087 percent||10.876 percent|
|Flush||1.096 percent||5.480 percent|
|Straight||1.270 percent||5.480 percent|
|Three of a kind||7.543 percent||22.63 percent|
|Two pair||12.332 percent||12.322 percent|
|One pair (JoB)||21.240 percent||21.240 percent|
|Nothing||55.176 percent||0.000 percent|
|Total||100.000 percent||99.44 percent|
Check out that bottom right entry of 99.44 percent. That's the total payback percentage for 9 / 6 full pay Double Double Bonus Poker Plus, created by adding up the expected return rates for all possible hands.
But not so fast, as you'll only earn that payback percentage when you play according to optimal strategy. And when you consider that this game offers 19,933,230,517,200 possible five card starting hand combinations, you'll definitely want to know how to play them all properly.
With that in mind, dive right into our Double Double Bonus Poker Plus strategy guidewhich is coming right up.
Double Double Bonus Poker Plus Strategy Tips
Let's circle back to that tough Ac Ad 4c 4h 2c example hand from before.
Earlier in the page, we challenged readers to think about how they would play the draw given this five card starting hand.
We see three main options to choose from here. A conservative player who just wants to win the hand will probably take the two pair option and hope to make a full house. A bolder player might see three parts of a straight flush and shoot for the second strongest hand in standard poker, as it offers a cool 50 coin reward.
But a thinking player would realize that holding two aces gives you the same guaranteed 1 coin payout as holding two pair, combined with a shot at landing four aces - which pays 160 coins without a low card kicker and a whopping 400 coins with one.
It doesn't take a math whiz to see that this five card starting hand is best played by holding the two aces. But, thanks to the work of some legitimate mathematical wizards, we can actually see exactly why this play rates better than the others.
Blackjack players approach the game like a puzzle, piecing together the partial information provided their two cards relative to the dealer's up card. Given this equation, any possible deal can be assessed by sharp players, who then make the most profitable hit / stand / split / double decisions. And they know which play is optimal because the math behind probability versus payout shows us the expected return for each choice.
When you see those handy basic strategy charts used by blackjack beginners, you might not realize that all they do is present the highest possible expected return for each scenario.
We can apply the same logic to video poker, which is also a skill based game which relies on partial information. In this case, we know the five cards displayed onscreen, which means we also know the 47 remaining cards sitting in the deck. By comparing the expected return rates for any possible five card starting hand - along with the possible draws those hands can create - video poker experts have developed an optimal strategy for every game under the sun.
The strategy chart below lists 39 possible five card starting hands and / or draws for Double Double Bonus Poker Plus, in descending order of expected return. In other words, the better hand between two or more choices is always the one ranked higher on the list.
To use these optimal strategy guidelines, your job is to check your five card starting hand for all pat hands and draws. In most cases, you'll only have one glaring option to choose from, and those hands will essentially play themselves. But as our example hand challenge demonstrates, video poker has a tendency to throw tricky curveballs at you on a consistent basis.
These hands of offer two, three, or even more seemingly valid choices. Knowing which one offers the highest expected return over the long run is the secret to sustained success in this game.
So whenever you're faced with a tough spot, take your time to assess the situation, run your available options through the list below, and choose the highest ranked play at all times. When you do that, you'll be playing Double Double Bonus Poker Plus at an expert level, without sacrificing any of your precious payback percentage back to the house.
- 1. Royal Flush - This monster hand, and the three jackpot deals below it, are the game's no brainers. When you see a pat hand pay on screen, just take your time and click the "HOLD" buttons with care, before collecting a sweetbankroll boost.
- 2. Four Aces / 2s / 3s / 4s with A / 2 / 3 / 4 kicker
- 3. Four of a kind
- 4. Straight Flush
- 5. Four to a Royal Flush - Landing a royal flush is hard enough on the first deal, so if you happen to nab four out of the five cards needed, that draw is actually one of the most powerful hands in the game. Just think about it: even if you miss the royal draw - which you will most of the time of course - you can still land any card of the suit for a basic flush, the missing "Broadway" card for a straight, or any face or ace to make one pair.All of these potential payouts juice up the expected return for a four card royal flush draw, which is why it outranks many of the made hands below.
- 6. Three of a kind (Aces) - This is where the list gets interesting, because three of a kind - even in aces - isn't technically as strong as a full house, flush, or straight. However, when you factor in the added equity of making four aces with the kicker preferably but even without one - the hand becomes quite strong. Remember, four aces with a low card kicker pays out a massive bonus of 400 coins per coin wagers, while a regular quad aces is just fine at 160 coins. These huge payouts provide all the incentive you need to play three aces ahead of the choices below.
- 7. Full House - This one, and the three pat hands below it, are standard plays. Meaning, when you land any full house, flush, straight, or three of a kind in 2s through kings - with nothing else ahead of it on the list - hit "HOLD" and earn the instant winner. But interestingly enough, if you hit something like A A A 7 7, for a full house, you'd be better off ditching the two 7s and keeping the three aces (as the list indicates).
- 8. Flush
- 9. Straight
- 10. Three of a kind (2s thru Ks)
- 11. Four to a Straight Flush - Similar to the four card royal draw, any four pieces of the straight flush puzzle gives you plenty of potential. The gin card is your straight flush, buteven a standard flush or straight adds a ton of expected return value to the equation.
- 12. One Pair (Aces) - Aces are king in this game, so it makes perfect sense to see one pair of them ranked ahead of two pair in anything else. When it doubt, roll with as many aces as you can - provided you don't have a higher ranked option to choose from.
- 13. Two Pair - At this point the list enters the finer points of video poker strategy, so you'll be playing with those tricky three and four card draws, along with a few lesser pat hands. You'll find a ton of variation here, and it may seem daunting at first, but you have all the time in the world to check for hands and draws, run through this portion of the list, and identify the best play. And before you know it, that process will become second nature.
- 14. Three to a Royal Flush (JQK)
- 15. One Pair(Kings)
- 16. Three to a Royal Flush (TJQ)
- 17. One Pair (Jacks or Queens)
- 18. Four to a Flush
- 19. Three to a Royal Flush (TJK, TQK, TJA, TQA, TKA, JQA, JKA, QKA)
- 20. Four to a Straight (89TJ, 9TJQ, TJQK)
- 21. One Pair (2s through 10s)
- 22. Four to a Straight (2345, 3456, 4567, 5678, 6789, 789T)
- 23. Three to a Straight Flush (345, 456, 567, 678, 789, 89T, 89J, 8TJ, 8JQ, 9TJ, 9TQ, 9JQ, 9JK, 9QK)
- 24. Four to a Straight (JQKA)
- 25. Two to a Royal Flush: (JQ, JK, QK, JA, QA, KA)
- 26. Four to a Straight (9JQK, TJQA, TJKA, TQKA)
- 27. Three to a Straight Flush (Ace low, 234, 235, 245, 346, 356, 457, 467, 568, 578, 679, 689, 78T, 78J, 79J, 79T, 7TJ, 89Q, 8TQ, 9TK)
- 28. Three to a Straight (JQK)
- 29. Four to a Straight (89JQ, 8TJQ, 9TJK, 9TQK)
- 30. Two to a Straight (JQ)
- 31. One High Card (Ace)
- 32. Two to a Royal Flush (TJ)
- 33. Two to a Straight (JK, QK)
- 34. Three to a Flush (2TK through 8TK)
- 35. Two to a Royal Flush(TQ, TK)
- 36. One High Card (J, Q, K)
- 37. Three to a Straight Flush (236, 246, 256, 347, 357, 367, 458, 468, 478, 569, 579, 589, 67T, 68T, 69T)
- 38. Four to a Straight (2346, 2356, 2456, 3457, 3467, 3567, 4568, 4578, 4678, 5679, 5689, 5789, 678T, 679T, 689T)
- 39. Discard everything
Don't get us wrong now... we know a 39 entry list is a tough pill to swallow. But upon closer inspection, you'll only need to really focus on the center of the list, as the top 12 hands or so play themselves in pretty straightforward fashion. That is to say, when you see a straight onscreen and nothing else, you'll hold it without a second thought.
The list is really meant to help you decipher the borderline close calls that come when we hold multiple hands and / or draws at the same time - as in that example hand of Ac Ad 4c 4h 2c from earlier.
In this case, we're faced with three primary choices: hold the two pair (A A 4 4), hold the three card straight flush draw (Ac 4c 2c), or hold the single pair of Aces (A A). Each choice has its merits at first glance, but only one can be mathematically optimal in terms of offering the highest expected return.
To put the list into action, let's scan for those three hands and see what we find.
As it turns out, this decision was closer than one might think, as one pair of Aces is ranked #12, while two pair ranks just lower at #13. And bringing up the rear is that long shot three card straight flush draw using low cards, which clocks in at #27.
Thus, while it's about as close as can be, proper strategy for Double Double Bonus Poker Plus advises you to hold one pair of aces above two pair. The reason being, one pair of aces can produce those massive bonus payouts when you find the other two for quads.
And with that, you've successfully used optimal video poker strategy to make the best possible play.
Now, you just need to repeat the process a few hundred thousand times and you'll be in business.
Double Double Bonus Poker Plus Variants
It's quite clear in the title alone that Double Double Bonus Poker Plus is the video poker world's proverbial "mutt."
Take the Bonus Poker concept, add the Double Double offshoot, and mix Plus payouts to produce an amalgamation of all three:
- Bonus Poker
If Jacks or Better started it all, Bonus Poker began the branching off that has produced so many popular variants. Dividing the four of a kind hands into different tiers may seem basic today, but this revolutionary addition changed the pay table, the hand rankings, and thus, the strategy used to play perfectly.
- Bonus Poker Plus
Looking to please those players who routinely made quads on Bonus Poker, but only in the inferior 5s through Kings tier, IGT rolled out Bonus Poker Plus. In this case, the Plus concept replaces the 80 / 50 / 25 tiers for quads on Bonus Poker with a flat 100 coin payout on four of a kind in any rank.
- Double Bonus Poker
IGT does love its sequels, so Double Bonus Poker does exactly what the title implies, taking Bonus Poker's quad payouts and doubling them up.
- Double Double Bonus
A bona fide classic, Double Double Bonus Poker further divides four of a kind hands by introducing low card kickers. With no less than five quad hands on the board - ranging from the 400 coin four Aces and a 2, 3, or 4 kicker to 50 coins on four 5s through Kings - this game turns up the action and gives players plenty of jackpot scenarios to chase.
- Double Bonus Poker Plus
This is an odd one, as it uses the alignment of your cards - and not just their rank - to award bonus payouts. Four of a kind is still the goal, but instead of searching for low card kickers, Double Bonus Poker Plus prioritizes adjacent quads - or four of a kind running consecutively from left to right.
Where to Find Double Double Bonus Poker Plus Games (Online or Off)
Once you've developed a passion for a particular video poker product - whether it be a certain variant or pay table - chances are high you'll favor those machines for life.
No problems there, as we all have our preferred venue for video poker. But when it comes time to hunt your chosen game down, locating a certain machine offering a particular pay table can be difficult indeed.
Hundreds of casinos spread thousands upon thousands of machines, and those are moved, exchanged, and shuffled around on a constant basis. Unless they're prepared to scour the floor of several different casinos, on a regular basis, while taking notes along the way - many players simply accept games and payouts that aren't up to snuff.
We have a better way, thanks to the heroes over at the VPFree2.com comprehensive video poker database.This invaluable resource tracks every video poker machine in North America, allowing users to run customized searches in pursuit of their favorite games. Want to play 9 / 6 full pay Jacks or Better, at the nickel stakes, somewhere in Laughlin? A few clicks later, you'll have a full listing of those machines right at your fingertips.
Now, as we've mentioned already, Double Double Video Poker Plus isn't exactly a popular variant. And we're not just talking in comparison to its classic cousin Double Double Bonus Poker. No, this new version is just a dud in terms of product placement, with only a handful of machines scattered around the entire continent.
To save you some time - every minute counts for video poker grinders, after all - we've run through the searches so you don't have to. Without further ado, each and every one of the Double Double Bonus Poker Plus machines out there today can be found below:
- Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack & Hotel
- 1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009
- Five $5 machines; One $1 / $2 machine; both use 8 / 5 pay table
- Aquarius Casino & Resort
- 1900 South Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV 89029
- Ten $0.25 machines; all use 9 / 6 full pay table
- Silver Legacy Resort & Casino
- 407 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501
- Several $1 machines; all use 9 / 6 full pay table
- Harrah's Cherokee Hotel & Casino
- 777 Casino Dr, Cherokee, NC 28719
- Six $5 machines; all use 9 / 6 full pay table
As for the internet casino arena, Double Double Bonus Poker Plus lacks the widespread popularity required to earn online adaptation.
None of the major software providers seem to have added the game, and as a seven year old concept that's fading fast from the land based industry, it's doubtful that they ever will
Double Double Bonus Poker Plus is a game that doesn't seem to serve any discernible purpose.
When you consider the near perfection offered by the first Double Double Bonus Poker - which clocks in at a slight positive expectation for the full pay table - there's really no need to try and improve on a classic. And yet, IGT attempted to fuse the game with its Plus concept, using the simple addition of a single new hand. This just isn't enough to set Double Double Bonus Poker Plus apart from the pack.
And the video poker playing public appears to agree, as the game is bordering on the verge of extinction in 2017. You'll still find a few running around the country, as we just showed, but those are outliers in a crowded landscape dominated by the true Double Double Bonus Poker machines.
In our final verdict, Double Double Bonus Poker Plus is a hard pass, due to a combination of creativity free design and general scarcity.