EXTRA DRAW FRENZY TRIPLE DOUBLE BONUS STRATEGY

We’ll continue with our coverage of the ‘Extra Draw Frenzy Bonus Poker’ series by looking at the ‘Triple Double Bonus’ variation. There have been few video poker variants over the past decade to enjoy the popularity of the ‘Bonus Poker’ series. For that reason, it’s not a surprise that game manufacturers have been anxious to mix games from this series with newer ‘added bet bonus’ games. For the player, the results are varied—some mashups produce such a high degree of variance as to make it not particularly fun to play. Others work out better—like this series which offers decent paybacks and doesn’t require the player to adapt a completely different approach to gameplay.

‘Extra Draw Frenzy’ is one of the many ‘extra bet bonus’ or ‘Bonus 2.0’ games to come out in the past few years. It’s most likely the fastest growing segment of the video poker industry. The ‘standard’ games still have a loyal audience but the goal of newer games is to compete with slot machines for the attention of recreational players. The ‘extra bet bonus’ games all share a similar premise—the player is required to bet an additional stake to activate a bonus feature. It can be as low as one extra coin (as in this game) or as much as an entire additional bet.

You can technically play this game as ‘regular’ ‘Triple 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’ ‘Triple 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 Triple 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 Triple Double Bonus’ offers a return of 99.76%.

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EXTRA DRAW FRENZY RULES

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.

EXTRA DRAW FRENZY TRIPLE DOUBLE BONUS POKER STRATEGY

The strategy for this game is identical to ‘regular’ ‘Triple 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 ‘Triple 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
–Three of a Kind w/ Kicker (2223, 2224, 3332, 3334, 333A, 4442, 4443, 444A, AAA2, AAA3, AAA4)
–Three of a Kind (222, 333, 444, AAA)
–Full House
–Flush
–Straight
–Three of a Kind (5-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)
–Pair of 2,3 or 4
–4 to an outside straight
–3 to a straight flush
–1 pair of 5,6,7, 8, 9 or 10s
–4 to an inside straight w/ three high cards
–2 Suited High Cards
–Unsuited JQK
–Unsuited JQ
–Ace
–J10 Suited
–KQ, KJ Unsuited
–KT, QT Suited
–Jack, King or Queen
–4 To an Inside Straight
–Discard Everything

FINAL NOTE ABOUT STRATEGY

As you can see in this strategy chart holding the kicker with a relevant three of a kind is essential. So if you get:

2H 2D 2S 4C X

In many video poker games you would hold:

2H 2D 2S X X

That’s the INCORRECT play in Triple Double Bonus Poker. The difference between four deuces (400) and four deuces with an A, 2, 3, 4 kicker (2000) is too great. Instead, this would be the correct play:

2H 2D 2S 4C X

Keep in mind that the quads—and particularly the quads with kicker bonus hands—are everything in this game. If all you’re doing is mucking about with low hands you’ll be ‘ground out’ in rapid fashion.