In our previous section we introduced you to the ‘Bonus Poker’ series of games starting with the most basic variant. Now, we’ll look at some of the other common variations in this series starting with ‘Double Bonus Poker’. We’ll base this on the most common 9/6/5 pay table though you can find better pay tables in the Las Vegas area—look in the so-called ‘locals casinos’. The best case scenario pay table is the 5/7/10 table which returns 100.17% with perfect play.

The basic premise of all of the ‘Bonus Poker’ variations is that a player receives a ‘bonus’ for certain four of a kind draws. The difference between the various substrata of ‘Bonus Poker’ is the specific rules surrounding how these bonuses are awarded. On ‘Double Bonus Poker’ all of the ‘bonus’ four of a kind hands are doubled. As you’ve probably figured out by now the higher bonus for four of a kind hands means that the lower hands pay less than on a ‘full pay’ Jacks or Better machine. Using the 9/6/5 pay table reproduced below this game will return 97.8% with perfect play.

Let’s take a look at the Double Bonus Poker pay table:




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


As we noted in our coverage of ‘Bonus Poker’ it’s important to keep in mind that every variation of this game—including ‘Double Bonus Poker’ has its own unique strategy. You’ll do better using a general ‘Bonus Poker’ strategy on one of the variations than you would using no strategy but if at all possible it’s best to learn the specific strategy for all of the variations of ‘Bonus Poker’ that you’ll be playing.