The second of five ‘Wheel Poker’ variations using ‘Bonus Poker’ rulesets is ‘Wheel Poker Bonus Deluxe’. ‘Wheel Poker’ is a surprisingly popular game that greatly simplifies the sometimes complex ‘added bet bonus’ format. This game offers a decent return rate, an easily assimilated strategy and a simple method of awarding bonuses.

The ‘added bet bonus’ format is very likely the most popular type of video poker game in the industry right now. Manufacturers love them because the casinos keep buying them, casinos love them because they allow video poker to attract the generally less strategy oriented slot player. The player is required to bet an additional stake ranging from one additional coin (as is the case with this series) to a full extra bet. Doing so activates a ‘bonus feature’. The majority of these games give a bonus on certain hands (often 4 of a Kind) though they vary widely in how they go about doing it.

As is the case with most of the ‘added bet bonus’ style games you can play it as a regular ‘Bonus Deluxe Poker’ game by simply playing only five coins per hand. Just because you can, however, doesn’t mean you want to do so. If you’re going to play this game—or any other ‘added bet bonus’ variation–you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t bet to activate the bonus feature. If you want to play ‘regular’ ‘Bonus Poker’ you’ll have no trouble finding a machine in any casino in the world or online. You’ll get a better payout that way. Besides, the ‘Wheel Poker Bonus Deluxe’ game offers a decent payback percentage with max coins in of 99.55%


The ‘Wheel Poker’ bonus feature is very easy to understand which might account for some of it’s appeal. It has an animated ‘mini game’ feature that appeals to slots players and offers a decent payback percentage as well. The game is usually found on ‘MultiGame’ machines which include the 7 different game variations in 3 play and 5 play versions. The player wagers six coins per hand (5 + 1 bonus) meaning that he’ll bet 18 coins in the 3 play version and 30 coins in the five play version.

The bonus is activated when the player hits a natural 4 of a Kind (no wild cards). When this happens the player is immediately asked to press a ‘Spin’ button on the screen. A wheel (very similar to the wheel on the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ game show) drops down from the top of the screen. The wheel has numbers from 100 to 2000. The wheel spins and once it lands on a number that amount is added to the player’s win for that hand.


Since the primary objective in all of the ‘Bonus Poker’ variations is to maximize the number of 4 of a Kind hands you hit the strategy for the ‘Wheel Poker Bonus Deluxe’ game is identical to the basic version ‘Bonus Deluxe Poker’ game. One of the differences between ‘Bonus Deluxe Poker’ and many of the other ‘Bonus Poker’ versions is that in ‘Bonus Deluxe’ the player receives the same payback for all Four of a Kind hands. This greatly simplifies the strategy decisions a player must make.

–Royal Flush
–Straight Flush
–Four of a Kind
–Full House
–4 to a Royal Flush
–Three of a Kind
–4 to a Straight Flush
–Two Pair
–Four to a flush with three high cards
–High Pair (Jacks or Better)
–4 to a Flush
–3 to a Royal Flush
–4 to an outside straight
–Low Pair
–3 to a straight flush
–4 to an inside straight w/ three high cards
–Jack, King or Queen
–Discard Everything


One of the most difficult hands to play in ‘Wheel Poker Bonus Deluxe’ will be two pair. Some strategy guides suggest that you hold all two pair hands. Others suggest that you break up two pair that include a high pair since both Jacks or Better and Two Pair pays the same. Since the name of the game is to go after 4 of a Kinds that’s a logical move. The math, on the other hand, says that there’s a fractional advantage to playing the other way and holding all two pair hands.