The final ‘Wheel Poker’ mashup with ‘Bonus Poker’ is one of the most enjoyable in my opinion–‘Wheel Poker Triple Double Bonus’. Since ‘Wheel Poker’ is one of the more popular of the ‘added bet bonus’ games that have been sweeping the video poker industry over the last decade and ‘Bonus Poker’ is enduringly popular this is a great combination of ‘sharp’ players and recreational players alike.

The ‘added bet bonus’ format is without a doubt the most popular type of video poker machine in casinos today. The premise is that the player must stake an additional bet—ranging from one extra coin (as is the case with this game) all the way up to an entire additional bet. By doing so, he activates a ‘bonus feature’ that pays him an additional amount on certain hands (usually ‘Four of a Kind’). ‘Triple Double Bonus’ is a bit different from the previous ‘Double Double Bonus’ in that there aren’t as many ‘bonus’ hands but the top hands have a huge payout. The payout for 4 Aces with a 2, 3, or 4 kicker is 4000 coins—the same as a Royal Flush. The payout for Four 2,3 or 4 with a kicker of Ace, 2, 3 or 4 is 2000 coins. And on top of everything those big 4 of a Kind hands will also allow you to spin the ‘bonus wheel’ for an even bigger payout.

As is the case with most of the ‘added bet bonus’ style games you can play this game as a regular ‘Triple Double Bonus Poker’ game by betting just five coins per hand. In my opinion at least, this isn’t a good idea. 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’ ‘Triple Double 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. With the bonus feature activated payout on ‘Wheel Poker Triple Double Bonus’ is 99.54%.


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. 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.


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. On ‘Triple Double Bonus Poker’ the lower Four of a Kind hands don’t play particularly well but the top hands with the right kicker is awarded a huge jackpot.

The variance in this game can be downright brutal. f 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
–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
–J10 Suited
–KQ, KJ Unsuited
–KT, QT Suited
–Jack, King or Queen
–4 To an Inside Straight
–Discard Everything


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.