We’ll conclude our coverage of the ‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ series with one more ‘mashup’ with a ‘Bonus Poker’ game. ‘Bonus Poker’ has been one of the most popular video poker variations over the past decade so it’s no surprise that manufacturers like to tie newer game concepts to these ‘old favorites’. In this article, we’ll look at the strategy for ‘Extra Draw Frenzy Double Double Bonus’. Like the rest of the ‘Bonus Poker’ family, this variation gives the players higher than usual returns for Four of a Kind hands and in ‘Double Double Bonus’ they give higher bonuses for hands that have certain cards as a ‘kicker’.

‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ is one of the highly popular ‘extra bet bonus’ genre of video poker games that have come to dominate the industry over the past decade. The specific rules of these games vary widely from one to another but the underlying premise is the same: the player must wager an extra bet to activate a bonus feature. This extra bet can range from one additional coin (as is the case on this game) to an entire per hand wager. These games run the gamut as far as return for the player however the ‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ offers decent paybacks for games of this genre.

You can technically play this game as ‘regular’ ‘Double 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 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 ‘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 ‘Bonus Deluxe’ variation of this game offers a decent payback percentage—in fact it’s almost identical to the ‘Bonus Poker’ variant we discussed previously. For some reason, you won’t find ‘Extra Draw Frenzy Double Double Bonus’ in three hand variations—it’s only available in five or ten hand versions. With max coins in the ‘full pay’ variation of ‘Extra Draw Frenzy Double Double Bonus’ offers a return of 99.05%.



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. As we noted above, this specific variation is only found in the 5 Play and 10 Play variations.

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.


The strategy for this game is identical to ‘regular’ ‘Double Double Bonus’ strategy. Since there’s no way of influencing getting a three of a kind on the deal a player is best served playing it like a regular ‘Double Double Bonus’ game and taking the multipliers where he can:

–Royal Flush
–Straight Flush
–Any Four of a Kind with or without ‘winning’ kicker
–4 to a Royal Flush
–Three Aces
–Full House
–Three of a Kind (2-K)
–4 to a Straight Flush
–Pair of Aces
–Two Pair
–3 to a Royal Flush (KQJ)
–High Pair (JQK)
–3 to a Royal Flush (AKQ, AKJ, AQJ, KQT, KJT, QJT)
–4 to a Flush
–3 to a Royal Flush (AKT, AQT, AJT)
–4 to an outside straight
–Low Pair
–AKQJ Unsuited
–3 to a straight flush
–2 Suited High Cards
–4 to an inside straight w/ three high cards
–Unsuited JQK
–Unsuited JQ
–J10 Suited
–KQ, KJ Unsuited
–KT, QT Suited
–Jack, King or Queen
–4 To an Inside Straight
–Discard Everything


As is the case in all ‘Bonus Poker’ games the key is to shoot for the Four of a Kind hands. In this game you need to be mindful of the kicker. Some video poker experts holding an appropriate three of a kind with a winning kicker. For example:

2D 2C 2H AD X

The strategy above doesn’t delineate this practice. I’ve personally used the ‘hold the kicker with 3K’ method for years with good success.