We’ll continue with our strategy guides on the ‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ mashups with the enduringly popular ‘Bonus Poker’ series by starting with the first of the myriad variations on the game. In this writeup we’ll look at the payout percentage for ‘Extra Draw Frenzy Double Bonus Poker’ and then take a look at the best strategy to employ when playing the game.

‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ is one of the very popular ‘added coin bonus’ video poker games that have been popping up in casinos everywhere for much of the past decade. While these games run the gamut in terms of features and rulesets they do share one common characteristic—the player is incentivized to bet more in order to activate a bonus feature of some type. This extra wager can be as little as one extra coin per hand (which is the case with ‘Extra Draw Frenzy’) or as high as full extra bet per hand to activate the feature.

It’s important that if you’re going to play any of these ‘extra coin bonus’ type games that you bet the necessary amount to activate the bonus feature. While you can play ‘straight’ Double Bonus Poker on these machines it’s not a wise idea to do so. Usually you’ll be subjecting yourself to a lower payback return rate and you’ll definitely be developing a bad video poker habit of not playing ‘max coinage’. You’re better off moving to a lower denomination if the outlay per hand is getting too rich for your blood. And you’re better off moving to a ‘regular’ ‘Double Bonus Poker’ game if that’s how you want to play.

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. Like ‘Extra Draw Frenzy Bonus Poker’ the ‘Double Bonus’ variation of this game offers a decent payback percentage—in fact it’s almost identical to the ‘Bonus Poker’ variant we discussed previously. With max coins in the ‘full pay’ variation of ‘Extra Draw Frenzy Double Bonus Poker’ offers a return of 99.20%.



The ‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ rules sound more complicated than the really are. Even if you don’t quite grasp it when you read them it’ll quickly become clear once you start to play the game. 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 Double Bonus Poker. Below are the hand hierarchies for this game:

—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


Here’s the cautionary note that I gave at the end of the basic ‘Bonus Poker’ coverage. Keep in mind that all of the ‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ variations that use ‘Bonus Poker’ rules all have a different optimal strategy. It might be subtly different in some cases, but the important point is they’re not identical and it’s important that you use the proper strategy for the game you’re playing.