Another ‘added bet bonus’ game series is up next and if you’ve been reading our other video poker strategy articles you won’t be too surprised to learn that the ‘bonus feature’ is combined with several ‘Bonus Poker’ rulesets. ‘Deal Draw Poker’ is an updated version of another video poker series called ‘Double Pay Poker’. In this article, we’ll talk about the first of the ‘Bonus Poker’ inspired games aka ‘Deal Draw Poker Double Bonus’.

‘Deal Draw Poker Double Bonus’ is one of the ‘extra bet bonus genre or as I like to call it ‘Bonus 2.0’. This type of game has been the most popular variation of video poker during the past decade. In fact, the market is pretty much split between ‘old standards’ (Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Jokers Wild) and all manner of ‘extra bet bonus’ games with increasingly elaborate rules. The premise of the ‘extra bet bonus’ games is that the player is required to add an additional bet above his ‘per hand’ stake to activate the bonus feature. Some games only require an additional quarter but the ‘Deal Draw Poker’ series requires an additional 5 coins per hand to activate it’s bonus feature (so 10 coins per hand).

You can technically play this game as ‘regular’ ‘Double Bonus’ but I recommend very strongly against it. If you’re going to play this game—or any of the other ‘extra coin bonus’ games—it’s in your best interest to play max bet and activate the bonus feature. If you want to play ‘regular’ ‘Double Bonus’ you’ll find plenty of machines at a casino or online that will allow you to do so. Most of the time you’ll get a better payback this way.

As is the case with most of the ‘added bonus’ family of games ‘Deal Draw Poker’ is offered in a multigame format though for some reason it’s only found in four different game variations: ‘Double Bonus Poker’, ‘Double Double Bonus Poker’ ‘Triple Bonus Poker’ and ‘Deuces Wild’. Interestingly, the payback for the ‘first hand’ bet is within a percentage point of the ‘regular bet’ in most cases. The game is offered in three, five or ten hand versions. With max coins in the ‘full pay’ variation of ‘Deal Draw Poker Double Bonus’ offers a return of 96.1%.



In all variations of the ‘Deal Draw Poker’ series the format is pretty straightforward and easy to understand. At the beginning of the hand the player bets 10 coins (5 for the hand and 5 for the ‘bonus’) and is dealt either 3, 5 or 10 rows of cards. This happens in the usual multihand format—the player selects the hold cards from the bottom hand which are then repeated on the additional hands. When he’s done, he’ll draw to all of the hands.

The big difference is that a player is paid separately for winning hands on the deal. He may be paid for additional hands on the deal that he won’t be paid for in the ‘draw’ pay table—for example, in this game he’s paid 5 coins with max bet for a pair of 5 through 10. After he is paid for the opening hand he draws his hand as usual and gets paid for the ‘draw’ hand if applicable.


The basic premise of all of the ‘Bonus Poker’ variations—regular or in an ‘extra bet bonus’ format like this game—is that the player receives a bonus for certain four of a kind hands. Since there’s no way of influencing the cards that show up on the deal the best way to play ‘Deal Draw Double Bonus Poker’ is to use the same strategy as for ‘regular’ ‘Double Bonus Poker’:

The strategy for ‘Double Bonus Poker’ is essentially the same as ‘Bonus Poker’. There are a few adjustments in the hand hierarchy to reflect the higher payout on 4 aces and the lower payout on two pair. It’s similar to basic ‘Jacks or Better’ except it seeks to minimize the ‘lower paying’ hands while giving a player a better opportunity to hit the 4K bonuses. The only real difference between ‘Double Bonus Poker’ and ‘Bonus Poker’ is the payout on the 4K hands. The two pair payout is also reduced. One of the harder things for me to get used to playing the various bonus poker variations was holding the ‘Ace’ when given a choice between high cards. In traditional JoB you’re discouraged from holding the Ace in that situation since it reduces the chance of drawing to a straight or straight flush.

–Royal Flush
–Straight Flush
–Any Four of a Kind
–4 to a Royal Flush
–Three Aces
–Full House
–Three of a Kind (2-K)
–4 to a Straight Flush
–Two Pair
–High Pair
–4 to a Flush
–3 to a Royal Flush
–4 to an outside straight
–Low Pair
–AKQJ Unsuited
–3 to a straight flush
–4 to an inside straight w/ three high cards
–Unsuited JQK
–Unsuited JQ
–KQ, KJ Unsuited
–J10 Suited
–AK, AQ, AJ Unsuited
–KT Suited
–Jack, King or Queen
–Discard Everything