I... would very much appreciate any help figuring out... the variance I can expect.
My non-mathematical analysis of a microscopically small sample size, has shown the variance to be, in technical terms: Kray-Zee.
I sat with $100 on a $.25 machine and ran it up to $400 before losing it all in about 45 min. The next session, I ran $100 up to $400 again, but this time cashed out about $280 in about the same time frame. Fool me once... :)
Nothing like these swings has happened in the hours I've logged on the WoO DW game.
Well, from what I recall, you didn't need to bet the bonus to take multipliers left behind. The "max bet to enable feature" sign that Transcend initially described will start appearing for "future hands" when you don't bet the bonus, but you don't really care about those if you immediately quit the game when you "play off" all the multipliers.
I just tested this on videopoker.com, and you are correct.
The unplayed multipliers will always appear on TOP of the screen, where it says NEXT 3 GAMES. Bet 15 credits (NOT 15+15), and the multipliers will tumble down to the bottom right of the screen.
Here's a recent jackpot of mine from vulturing high-limit Multi-Streak Poker at an East Coast casino.
In this example, the previous player left about $60 in equity on this machine. I put a $31 voucher in, got lucky and hit a handpay.
I think I just got screwed on one. It was a 3x on DDB and I was dealt trip tens. None improved but only got the 15 credits per hand instead of 45 per hand.
And the 3X was initially shown at the top of the screen before you played?
I have found $1 multipliers on this game before...but no dice on quads there. :( Can't wait for that day...a Royal would even be better. :p Best credit hit from this game (or Ultimate X) so far... :-\ Just held one deuce though... :)