How to Play Extra Draw Frenzy Video Poker

Have you ever been dealt a hand in video poker that you wish you could play over and over again? Well, with Extra Draw Frenzy video poker, you sort of have that opportunity. If you are dealt three of a kind, the excitement begins, and your winnings can start to multiply.

Extra Draw FrenzyMany video poker games are somewhat vanilla in their approach. These games, like Jacks or Better, stick to mimicking the basics of Five-Card Draw poker as you might play it in your home. Only instead of playing against other players, you are simply trying to make winning hands that pay off according to the machine’s pay table.

In some cases, video poker manufacturers tried to spice up gameplay by changing things around a bit. For example, Bonus poker games alter the pay tables to try and allow for more big payouts on winning hands. Meanwhile, wild card games like Deuces Wild and Joker Poker make it easier to achieve rare hands by including wild cards that can be changed into any other card in the deck.

But recently, the trend in video poker has been for the game to be altered with some sort of twist in the way the game is played. And Extra Draw Frenzy video poker falls into this category. By adding one coin to the maximum bet per hand, a player can activate the Extra Draw Frenzy portion of the game.

The feature comes into play whenever a player is dealt three of a kind. Since Extra Draw Frenzy video poker is played in multiple play mode, the player will already have three, five, or ten hands with these three cards in the hand that they can improve on the draw. But the feature gives them even more draws, with the number of draws depending on how many hands they are playing and a little bit of luck.

As a result, the chances of improving upon that excellent deal are greatly improved. And even if you don’t improve the extra hands on the draw, you can benefit from having more winning hands that are essentially bonuses. You can imagine how the winnings can exponentially add up.

Of course, the extra coin that you have to bet each hand to activate the extra draw feature can add up if those three of a kind hands don’t come your way. That’s why you have to be prepared for the possibility of your bankroll dwindling quickly while playing this game. As a result, it might not be for everyone, especially those people who prefer steadier play.

In the following article, you’ll learn all about the ins and outs of Extra Draw Frenzy video poker. We’ll show you how to play the basic form of video poker and how the extra draw twist is added to multiple play. Finally, we’ll go over pay tables, payback percentages, and strategy for playing this exciting variation on video poker.

How to Play Video Poker

Before you get into playing Extra Draw Frenzy video poker, you first have to know the actual mechanics of playing video poker. Luckily, it is an easy game to learn even for beginners. And, once you learn, you’ll quickly love all of the advantages that video poker holds over other games that you can find in the casino or on your favorite gambling websites.

For example, video poker holds an edge over slot machines in that it allows you the chance to have strategy impact gameplay. You also know, through the mathematical probabilities of making certain winning hands and pay tables, about what you can expect from each video poker game that you play, which isn’t the case with slot machines. And video poker machines also tend to pay back much more than the average slot machine.

On top of that, video poker has the edge over table games in that they can be played as a solo experience. No need for you to be involved with other casino patrons or employees. You can simply settle at the machine, play at your own pace, and enjoy the game without any outside distractions.

Now that you know why you should be playing video poker, let’s show you how. Here is a quick, step-by-step tutorial:

  • Establish a Bankroll: You do this by inserting money or a redemption ticket into the machine in the casino. If you are playing online, you would have to either have or establish an account with the website offering video poker. Your bankroll will be rendered in credits, with each credit, or coin, equal to the denomination of the machine you are playing, such as a quarter.
  • Make Your Bet: With most video poker games, you would have the chance to bet between one and five credits. In the case of Extra Draw Frenzy video poker, you can bet a sixth coin to activate the special feature of extra draws. Since this option increases your payback on average, it is recommended that you bet the six coins whenever possible.
  • Get the Deal: By pressing “Deal,” you will receive five cards, just as if you were playing Five-Card Draw poker at home with a 52-card deck. Your goal is to make a winning hand out of these cards, as determined by the pay table of the machine. In most cases, your deal will need to be improved for you to have a winner.
  • Choose Your Holds and Discards: Your one chance to improve your hand comes during the draw. You press the “hold” buttons for which cards, if any, you want to keep, meaning the other cards in your hand will be discarded. The discarded cards will be replaced by other cards from the same deck from which you were originally dealt, meaning that you can’t again get the same cards you were dealt.
  • Winning or Losing: Once the draw occurs, the hand is over. The machine will determine if your hand is a winner and will add credits accordingly. Any bets lost will already have been conducted at the outset of the hand.
  • Playing Again or Quitting: You can follow the above steps to continue playing as long as you have some credits remaining. Or you can cash out and get a redemption ticket from the machine. If you run out of credits, you either have to quit or replenish the bankroll.

Once you know these steps, you’ll have a good basis for just about any type of video poker. And, as you’ll see with Extra Draw Frenzy video poker, you won’t have to learn anything new in terms of strategy or how to play the game. But once the game starts, you’ll see an extra draw twist that will enliven gameplay and really increase your chances of big wins.

The Extra Draw Frenzy Video Poker Twist

The first thing you need to know about Extra Draw Frenzy video poker is that it must be played in multiple play mode. Multiple play allows you to take a single deal and play it over multiple hands. It also requires you to make a bet for each of these draws.

In the case of Extra Draw Frenzy video poker, you can play three, five, or ten hands at a time. For each of those hands, you can bet between one and six coins. If you bet one through five coins, gameplay will proceed as normal without the extra feature.

First let’s examine how basic multiple play works, without the feature. Let’s say you’ve decided to play the Jacks or Better version of Extra Draw Frenzy video poker (more on the different versions when we get to the pay table). And you’ve decided to play three hands at a time with five coins wagered for each.

That means that you have wagered, all totaled, fifteen coins for this deal which will encompass three hands. You are then dealt five cards. Let’s say you receive the following deal:

Two of Hearts, Two of Spades, Nine of Hearts, Queen of Hearts, Ace of Hearts

Your decision on what to hold and what to discard will be the same for all three of your hands. Let’s say that you decide to hold on to the four hearts and go for a flush. You would then receive three different draws based on this decision.

For example, you might receive:

Two of Hearts, Queen of Spades, Nine of Hearts, Queen of Hearts, Ace of Hearts

Two of Hearts, Three of Hearts, Nine of Hearts, Queen of Hearts, Ace of Hearts

Two of Hearts, Seven of Clubs, Nine of Hearts, Queen of Hearts, Ace of Hearts

On the first hand, you ended up with a pair of queens. The second hand gave you the flush that you were seeking. Only on the third hand did you fail to improve.
As a result, you ended up with the following payouts:

  • Hand 1: 5 coins
  • Hand 2: 30 coins
  • Hand 3: 0 coins

You ended up with a payout of 35 coins total. Remember that your original bet was 15 coins. That means that you came away with a profit of 20 coins.

Now let’s take a look at how Extra Draw Frenzy video poker works when you add in the extra feature of the game. To do that, you have to make a bet of six coins, which is one more than the usual maximum. This bet will not alter the pay tables whatsoever, so you are essentially betting an extra coin on each hand for the same payout.

The tradeoff comes in the extra play feature. On most deals, the extra play feature won’t come into play. You would just play out your multiple hands as we showed you above.

But if you should be dealt three of a kind, the extra draws kick in. Keep in mind that this does not include deals of four of a kind or a full house. Even though those hands technically also include three of a kind, they are considered separate and not in the mix for extra draws.

Let’s say that you do bet the extra coin on a Triple Play, Jacks or Better scenario, making for a wager of 18 coins total (6 times 3). And imagine that you receive the following deal:

Queen of Spades, Queen of Hearts, Queen of Diamonds, Jack of Spades, Three of Clubs

This is a three of a kind deal, which will activate the extra draw scenario. Keep in mind that you will still get your normal three hands that you initially bet to play. But the machine will also add another few draws. In the case of Jacks or Better in Triple Play, you can receive anywhere from five to nine free draws.

The number of draws is random. Let’s just say that you end up with the minimum three draws. That means that you have the original three that you bet, plus the extra five, for a total of eight.

For each of those eight draws, you would have the three queens in your hand. You might get lucky and improve upon on them in one or more of the draws, perhaps to a full house or four of a kind. Or you might not, in which case you’ll still have three of a kind in eight hands.

The key here is that three of a kind is a paying hand as it is, without any improvement. In the case of Jacks or Better, you get paid off at 3 to 1. Since, as we said before, you still receive the amount on the pay table for five coins played, even though you technically played six coins, you would get 15 coins for each of those hands.

And that includes the hands that you received through the Extra Draw Frenzy video poker twist. Keep in mind that you didn’t really have to wager to get those hands, unless you count the extra coin wager. It’s like you’re getting free winnings.

You also have to remember that you only received the minimum of extra draws in this example. Imagine if you had come out of it with seven extra draws. Let’s do the math on that scenario.

Playing the hands without the Extra Draw Frenzy video poker twist, you would have bet 15 coins. If you didn’t improve on any on the draws, you would have come out with 15 coins for each, a total of 45. That’s a 30-coin profit, which isn’t bad.

But imagine it with the extra draws thrown in. Your bet was 18 coins. If you did get the seven extra hands, that’s a total of 10 hands, all paying off at 15 coins apiece even without improvement.

That’s a total of 150 coins on an 18-coin wager, which is a profit of 132 coins. To give you some context, a hand of four of a kind, played at five coins on Jacks or Better, only comes in at a profit of 120 coins. For a much easier to achieve hand, you are getting more back.

That’s what makes Extra Draw Frenzy video poker such an exciting game. Of course, the downside is when you go a long time without ending up with three of a kind on the deal. That means that you’re betting six coins a hand without getting anything in return.

On top of that, you’re betting, at minimum, 18 coins per hand. If you were playing five-play Extra Draw Frenzy video poker, it would be 30 coins per deal. At ten hands, it jumps to 60 coins per deal!

That is a heavy toll on a bankroll if you are not getting positive results. And that is why Extra Draw Frenzy video poker is not a game for small-timers. You have to come with a big bankroll if you want to stay in the game.

Otherwise, you have to be extremely fortunate early in gameplay in order to get your bankroll way up there. Barring that, you are likely going to find it hard to keep your bankroll afloat for too long.

Extra Draw Frenzy video poker is a game that is best played for the long haul with significant money, bet over a large amount of time.

Pay Tables for Extra Draw Frenzy Video Poker

One of the benefits of Extra Draw Frenzy video poker is that it gives you exposure to many different pay tables. When you play Jacks or Better or Double Double Bonus or whatever machine you might encounter, you are limited to some version of that basic pay table. But most Extra Draw Frenzy machines or online games give you the chance to explore the pay table that you prefer to play.

If you don’t know much about pay tables, suffice it to say that knowledge of them and how they work is very important in terms of playing video poker well. The pay table should show you not only how much to expect from each winning hand, but it should also show you what strategy to use in terms of holding and discarding certain cards.

In addition, pay tables tie directly into payback percentages, which we’ll get to in a bit. For now, let’s take a look at a couple pay tables you might choose to play on an Extra Draw Frenzy video poker machine.

Here, for example, is a pay table for the game known as Jacks or Better. It’s a game where the payouts are directly tied into the potential of receiving each winning hand. The rarer the hand, the higher the payout.

Jacks or Better Pay Table Pay Table

Coins/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
Four 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
Three of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two pairs 2 4 6 8 10
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5

As you can see, this pay table shows the hands that pay the player back and how much each pays out. To read it, you simply have to follow the hand over to the coins played. Keep in mind that, in Extra Draw Frenzy video poker, you might be playing six coins to activate the feature, but your payout will be reflected in the “5 coins” column.

Looking at this pay table might not mean too much to you if you’ve never seen a different one. With that in mind, let’s bring in a different pay table that you might choose to play on your Extra Draw Frenzy video poker machine. This is for a game known as Double Double Bonus video poker:

Double Double Bonus Pay Table Pay Table

Coins/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
Four Aces (2/3/4 kicker) 400 800 1,200 1,600 2,000
Four 2s/3s/4s (A/2/3/4 kicker) 160 320 480 640 800
Four Aces (5 through K kicker) 160 320 480 640 800
Four 2s/3s/4s (5 through K kicker) 80 160 240 320 400
Four Ks – 5s (A kicker) 80 160 240 320 400
Four Ks – 5s (2 through K kicker) 50 100 150 200 250
Full House 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 6 12 18 24 30
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Three of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two pair 1 2 3 4 5
One pair 1 2 3 4 5
All other 0 0 0 0 0

You can see that is quite a different pay table. It pays much more aggressively for four of a kind hands than Jacks or Better. But Jacks or Better pays better on the low end, specifically the two pair hand that comes up often during gameplay.

Double Double Bonus also includes the concept of kickers, which comes into play in a four of a kind hand. The fifth card in such a hand that isn’t included in the set is considered the kicker. For example, look at the following hand:

Ace of Spades, Ace of Hearts, Ace of Clubs, Ace of Diamonds, Three of Clubs

In that hand, the three of clubs is the kicker. Kickers can really come into play in Extra Draw Frenzy video poker, since you will have many chances to draw to four of a kind if you get the extra draws from the three of a kind deals.

You wouldn’t play Double Double Bonus the same way you would Jacks or Better. Or at least you shouldn’t. The size of the payouts for each winning hand should dictate your strategy.

In the case of Extra Draw Frenzy, you can choose from the following variations of video poker:

  • Jacks or Better
  • Bonus Poker
  • Bonus Poker Deluxe
  • Double Bonus
  • Double Double Bonus
  • Triple Double Bonus

The pay tables will be slightly different for each of these. And within each bigger category, you will find pay tables that sometimes have certain payouts that are altered. For example, many Jacks or Better games have payouts slightly less than 9 to 1 for a full house or 6 to 1 for a flush.

The extra draw amounts differ for each game as well. Jacks or Better tends to give out the most, while Double Bonus yields the least. In each case, the more hands that you play in the multiple play, the more extra draw bonus hands you will receive.

Payback Percentages

Each version of each game played within Extra Draw Frenzy video poker also comes with its own payback percentage and pay table. In the case of the Jacks or Better game we listed above, for example, that percentage sits at 99.55 if you play the six coins per hand.

What that means is that a player putting $10,000 into the machine could expect to walk away with, on average, a bankroll of $9,995 once all that money is played. That makes for a $5 loss, which isn’t bad at all. Keep in mind that a $5 loss over all that time playing could conceivably be wiped away and even turned into a profit when you consider all of the bonuses the casino or online website might throw your way for playing.

Each of the games above has a payback percentage attached to them. You can find these by looking online. The higher the percentage, the better the game is for the player in the long haul.

But payback percentage shouldn’t be your only consideration when choosing a game. After all, if you’re only playing for a short time, your outcome will be dictated more by luck than anything else.

When choosing among the games you can play under the Extra Draw Frenzy video poker banner, you should consider what you’re looking to get out of playing the game. For example, if you want a steadier game with fewer ups and downs, you’re better off with Jacks or Better. This is because it pays off the best for the common hands that come up often during gameplay.

By contrast, some of the Bonus games might be for you if you want to come up with a big payout in a short amount of time. Come up with four of a kind, and you can come back with some serious profits quickly. The Extra Draw Frenzy twist adds to that with the chance to earn exponential winnings from the extra winning hands on the three of a kind deals.

Strategy for Extra Draw Frenzy Video Poker

To make the most out of your video poker play, you have to try to learn the right play, based on probabilities and payouts, for each possible deal you might receive. This isn’t an easy task for any video poker game. But it is especially hard for Extra Draw Frenzy video poker, where you are essentially able to play just about any variation of video poker with the extra feature added on top.

Remember that making the right choice each and every hand is the only way to make the quoted payback percentage over the long haul. The mistakes you make in terms of what to hold and discard will reduce your payback. Again, this is based on those who play for a long time, as those who play only a short while will have luck dictate the outcome more than anything else.

In the case of Extra Draw Frenzy video poker, you’ve got a game where you would have to learn the right play for many different variations. As we mentioned above, the strategy for Jacks or Better is markedly different than for Double Double Bonus because the payouts are so different. Add in the other possible games, and you would have to know six different sets of strategy in total to play the game perfectly.

The better strategy would be to choose just one of the variations and stick with it. You can find these strategy tips in the sections for these games on this site. You can also use one of the following two methods to get it done:

  • Video Poker Training Software: This software lets you play various types of video poker as if you were playing in a casino. You will be alerted each time that you make a mistake during gameplay. In that way, you’ll get the hang of making the right hold and discard for every hand that you play.
  • Strategy Charts: Look up these charts on the internet for the game of your choice under the Extra Draw Frenzy video poker banner. These charts rank the possible deals you might receive by the winning combinations within them. When you compare your own hand to the ranked combinations, you can see what the best way to play your hand will be every time.

Pros and Cons of Extra Draw Frenzy Video Poker

Extra Draw Frenzy Video Poker Pros

  • Chance for exponential winnings with three of a kind deals
  • Even without improving on the three of a kind, you’re still getting free winnings with each extra hand
  • You can sample many different forms of video poker

Extra Draw Frenzy Video Poker Cons

  • Six coins per hand can be expensive
  • Without three of a kind hands, your bankroll will decrease quickly
  • Choosing between different video poker variations can be confusing for beginners

Extra Draw Frenzy Video Poker Conclusion

Extra Draw Frenzy video poker, whether played in a casino or at a top online casino gambling website, brings the thrills whenever you see three of a kind on the deal. More thrills come when you see how many extra draws you get. The question is whether or not those thrills are worth the extra coin that you have to bet on at least three hands at a time, a pricey situation.