TRIPLE DOUBLE BONUS VIDEO POKER STRATEGY

The next variation in the ‘Bonus Poker‘ family is a bit different than the two we’ve looked at in the most recent articles–Double Double Bonus andSuper Double Double Bonus. ‘Triple Double Bonus’ is well liked by many ‘sharp‘ video poker players even though its returns aren’t anything special. The most player-friendly pay table returns 99.58% and the most common pay table 98.15%. There aren’t quite as many different bonus four of a kind hands onTriple Double Bonus Poker‘ but the payouts on the top bonus hands are huge. How huge? On ‘Triple Double Bonus Poker‘ getting four Aces with a 2,3 or 4 kicker pays 4000 coins with max bet—that’s the same payout as a royal flush.

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 types of ‘Bonus Poker‘ is the specific rules surrounding how these bonuses are awarded. As we noted above, on ‘Triple Double Bonus‘ video poker there’s not as many bonus four of a kind hands as some of the other ‘Bonus Poker‘ variations. Instead, the top bonus hands receive a huge payout.

And like the rest of the ‘Bonus Poker‘ family, the higher bonus for four of a kind hands means that the lower hands pay less than on a ‘full payJacks or Better machine. The payout on this machine is nothing special—even the best pay table returns just 99.58%. The most common table online and in land-based casinos is reproduced below and returns 98.15% with perfect play. Other pay tables return as low as 95.97%

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

TRIPLE DOUBLE BONUS VIDEO POKER PAY TABLE

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TRIPLE DOUBLE BONUS VIDEO POKER STRATEGY

As you can likely surmise from looking at the pay table this game can be downright brutal. If you’re not hitting your quads you’ll feel like a truck hit you—or your bankroll at least. It’s surprising that Triple Double Bonus Poker is a game that many ‘sharp’ video poker players seek out and enjoy. Maybe it’s the challenge. If the four of a kinds are falling your way you can rack up a nice profit very quickly.

The strategy for Triple 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 ‘Super Double Bonus Poker‘, ‘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 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

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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.