If you’ve been paying attention to our previous strategy articles you probably can guess what’s coming next. Yep, the ‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ series of games have all of the ‘Bonus Poker’ variations. The ‘Bonus Poker’ series was one of the first video poker releases that deviated from the pattern of very straightforward games like ‘Jacks or Better’ and ‘Joker’s Wild’. They became insanely popular, countless variations were made (‘Double Bonus Poker’, ‘Triple Double Bonus Poker’, etc.) and they remain a stable of the casino floor even today.

Many of the ‘extra coin bonus’ type games that have become popular in recent years have versions that mix their unique game play with the more established ‘Bonus Poker’ series. ‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ is no different—in fact, since there are no wild card games in this series you’ll find even more ‘Bonus Poker’ variations than usual.

I give players the same advice on all of these ‘added coin bonus’ games. If you’re going to play them make sure that you outlay the extra coin to activate the bonus feature. Technically, you can play regular ‘Bonus Poker’ on a ‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ machine. You’re better off not doing so. Take my word for it—you’re better off finding a dedicated ‘Bonus Poker’ machine if you want the more straightforward version of the game. It’s like going to a steak house and ordering fish—you can do it but you really shouldn’t.

As is the case with most of the ‘added bonus’ family of games ‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ is offered the same multigame format as ‘Ultimate Aces’, ‘Quick Quads’ and ‘Ultimate Four of a Kind’. Like ‘the ‘Ultimate’ variations, these machines offer a number of very common rulesets with the ‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ bonus added. In most Nevada casinos you’ll usually find Jacks or Better, several ‘bonus poker’ variations such as Bonus Poker and Double Bonus Poker. As was the case with ‘Quick Quads’ and some of the other games we’ve covered you won’t find any Deuces Wild or Jokers Wild variations. You’ll understand once we go over the ‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ rules. One thing that can be said about ‘Extra Draw Frenzy Bonus Poker’ is that it has a decent payout for this type of game. With max coins in the ‘full pay’ variation of ‘Extra Draw Frenzy Bonus Poker’ offers a return of 99.21%.



The ‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ rules sound slightly convoluted but once you play the game it all makes sense. To activate the bonus feature on this series of games the player must bet one extra coin per hand, for a total of 6 per hand. Since the game is found most often in 3 Play, 5 Play and 10 Play variations that means you’ll be betting 18, 30 or 60 coins per hand.

The bonus feature is activated whenever the player is dealt a ‘natural three of a kind’. It has to be an actual three of a kind, not another hand that includes a three of a kind (like a 4 of a Kind or Full House). When that happens, the player is given an extra three to seven hands that pop up on the screen above the ‘main’ hands. The number of hands is generated at ‘random’ and they pay the same as a normal hand. In other words, it’s a different way of giving the player a coin bonus for specific hands.


Some of the ‘bonus feature’ type games require the player to alter his strategy decisions from the ‘regular’ version of the same games. Not this one—since you can’t do anything to influence the deal you can play this game just like regular Bonus Poker. Below are the hand hierarchies for this game:

–Royal Flush
–Straight Flush
–Any Four of a Kind
–4 to a Royal Flush
–Full House
–Three of a Kind
–4 to a Straight Flush
–Two Pair
–High Pair
–3 to a Royal Flush
–4 to a Flush
–KQJ10 Unsuited
–Low pair
–4 to an outside straight
–3 to a straight flush
–AKQJ Unsuited
–4 to an inside straight w/ three high cards
–Unsuited JQK
–Unsuited JQ
–KQ, KJ Unsuited
–J10 Suited
–AK, AQ, AJ Unsuited
–KT, QT Suited
–Jack, King or Queen
–Discard Everything