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There are many types of video poker games available these days. You should have at least a general understanding of any game before you plunk down you money and take your chances, so read on to learn about one of the favorite all time games: Double Double Bonus Video Poker.

If you already know how to play video poker, then you don't need to be told that Jacks-or-Better was the most popular game after IGT first hit the market with their patented RNG (random number generator) poker games. You might not know that there are now over 100 different video poker games in casinos across the US.

After the popularity of Jacks-or-Better waned a bit, IGT and other manufacturers came out with "new and improved" versions that paid more than the standard 125 coins for a four-of-a-kind. Double bonus machines with 250-coin payoffs became popular, but the Double Double bonus machines really hit a happy nerve with players.

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It's a long time between royal flushes when you play video poker. In fact, the odds of hitting a royal flush are about 40,000 to 1, and even if you play 300 hands per hour that's about 133 hours of play. Waiting for that big payoff is tough, and eventually the slot manufacturers' concluded that players needed a little more gratification in their gaming. Thus, more payoff bonuses were born.

Double Double Bonus video poker pays up to 2000-1 for four aces with a small card (2, 3, 4), half as much as a royal, but eight times more than the standard four-of-a-kind on a Jack-or-Better machine. It's fun and exciting knowing there are some high-paying hands besides the royal!

Standard Jacks-or-Better Pay Table for 9/6 with Five Coins Bet:
  • Royal Flush (4000)
  • Straight Flush (250)
  • Four of a Kind (125)
  • Full House (45)
  • Flush (30)
  • Straight (20)
  • Three of a Kind (15)
  • Two of a Kind (10)
  • Pair of Jacks or Better (5)

When you play a good machine, one that has a 9/6 payoff, you are getting 9 coins back for each bet when you make a full house and 6 coins back when you make a flush. In Jacks-or-Better, this game pays back about 99.5 percent. If you play a Double Double game with a 9/6 payoff, the payback is about 98.98 percent. That means it costs the player twice as much to play as Jacks-or-better. For better or worse, you are more likely to find only 7/5 games at most casinos - but playing this variety of Double Double still only costs about .5 percent more than the Jacks-or-Better variety.

Standard Double Double Bonus Video Poker Pay Table for 7/5 with Five Coins Bet:
  • Royal Flush (4000)
  • Straight Flush (250)
  • Four Aces with a 2, 3 or 4 (2000)
  • Four Aces (800)
  • Four Two's, Threes or Fours with (A, 2, 3 or 4) (800)
  • Four Two's, Threes or Fours (400)
  • Four of a Kind (5's thru kings) (250)
  • Full House (35)
  • Flush (25)
  • Straight 20
  • Three of a Kind (15)
  • Two of a Kind or Pair of Jacks or Better (5)

As you can see, the higher hands like four aces or four deuces, threes or fours pays much more and a simple four-of-a-kind of fives through kins pays double! That makes for a lot more excitement. However, to pay for the higher payoffs, any hand of two pair just returns the bet, instead of paying 2 for 1. That drains your bankroll faster and is a noticeable change.

Overall, playing a 7/5 Jacks-or-Better game with a 96.15 return will cost the player about $11.55 per hour. This total assumes 300 hands per hour. Playing the same 7/5 game of Double Double Bonus video poker will cost the player about $12.90 per hour. Because of the game's popularity, it can be assumed that many players are happy to pay an extra $1.45 for the higher payoffs.

Triple Play

The game of Triple Play video poker is now very popular. You play a single hand on the draw, save what you want, and then draw to that hand and two exact replicas from two other decks. Your final product is three hands, each of which will be different unless you hold all five cards on the first draw.

While this game is easy and fun to play, remember you are playing three hands, and your cost per hour will be triple! Another problem is that any small errors are compounded - if you routinely make mistakes, you will now be punished for three times the cost.

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