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Super Double Poker

16 December 2018

Video poker is always high on my list of games when I hit the casinos, but on some variations, years can pass between sessions.

So on a November outing, when I touched the icon to launch Super Double Bonus Poker, I had to think a little and play a little slower than usual. Complicating matters was that this machine had an 8/5 pay table, returning 98.7% with expert play, and not the 9/5, 99.7% I’d learned to play earlier.

Super Double Bonus is a quirky game in that four jacks, queens or kings pay 120-for-1, or 600 for a five-coin max bet.

The hands that caused me some qualms as I played were full houses that included three matched faces; two pairs that included two kings, queens or jacks; multiple high cards of mixed suits; and low pairs vs. a high card.

I knew strategies for 9/5 Super Double Bonus. Would they hold up when the full house payback dropped to 8-for-1?

Here are hands where I had to make those decisions – I kept track on my phone – and the verdict on strategy.

Jack of hearts, jack of spades, jack of diamonds, seven of diamonds, seven of spades: Is the 600-coin return on four faces enough to break up a full house?

In 8/5 Super Double Bonus, the answer is yes. Holding the three jacks brings an average return of 41.44 coins per five wagered, while holding the full house brings a flat return of 40 coins. However, in the 9/5 version, where the full house brings 45 coins, it’s a better play to stand pat.

Queen of diamonds, queen of clubs, 10 of hearts, 10 of spades, eight of spades: In most video poker games, it’s a better play to hold two pairs over a single high pair, even though the pair brings the same five-coin return per five wagered as two pairs. There is an ace-pair exception in games with big four-ace bonanzas, but with lower cards its best to hold both pairs.

However, in 8/5 Super Double Bonus, holding queen-queen brings an average return of 8.16 coins, and that’s better than the 7.98 for holding both pairs. As with the full house, that’s a reversal of strategy from 9/5 Super Double Bonus, where holding both pairs returns 8.40 coins and drawing three to queen-queen brings 8.21.

King of spades, jack of hearts, 10 of clubs, seven of spades, four of diamonds: It’s almost always better to hold two high cards than one, even if they’re in different suits. That remains true in Super Double Bonus. Average returns are 2.26 coins on king-jack, 2.21 on the lone jack or 2.14 on just the king in 8/5 Super Double Bonus. Normal strategy prevails.

Jack of diamonds, nine of hearts, six of spades, six of hearts, five of clubs: A low pair vs. a high card is an easy decision in most games – the pair has far more payback potential than the high card.

That holds up in Super Double Bonus. In the 8/5 game, average returns are 3.75 coins on six-six and 2.30 on holding just the jack. The allure of a 600-coin pot on four like faces is nowhere near enough to flip the strategy.

Bottom line: The lower full house return on 8/5 Super Double Bonus necessitates strategy changes vs. the 9/5 game on full houses with three like faces and two pairs with a face pair, but unsuited high cards and hands with a low pair and a face can be played normally.


Look for John Grochowski on Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/7lzdt44) and Twitter (@GrochowskiJ).
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John Grochowski

John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

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John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

> More Books By John Grochowski