Double Bonus Poker is a variation of Jacks or Better. A pair of jacks is the minimum payout hand in Double Bonus Poker, however, there are several differences between the two games.

The most notable difference between Jacks or Better and Double Bonus Poker is that four of a kind pays at least double on Double Bonus compared to the simpler Jacks or Better. There are special payouts on quads aces, 2's, 3's, and 4's. To offset this, two pair only pays one per coin wagered.

How to Play Wizard of Vegas Double Bonus Poker

A Double Bonus Poker hand starts with the decision of how many coins to play. Most machines pay 800-1 instead of 250-1 for a royal flush when five coins are bet so this is the best choice. This is true of the Wizard of Vegas Double Bonus Poker game.

The Wizard of Vegas Double Bonus Poker game offers two bet buttons; "Bet One" and "Bet Max". Press the "Bet One" button for each coin that you would like to wager or press "Bet Max" to wager five coins. When the hand is over, pressing "Deal" will bet the same number of coins as the previous hand.

Five cards are dealt once the bet is established. Click the cards that you wish to keep and click "Draw". The discards will be replaced with fresh ones. Cards may also be kept by clicking C, V, B, N, and M on the keyboard. These represent the first through fifth cards from left to right in order.

There are other features in our Double Bonus Poker game.

Help - Displays the rules of the game and keyboard shortcuts.

More Games - Returns to the main menu. Wizard of Vegas offers 12 free play video poker games.

Speed - There are four game speeds. Click the button to increase the speed.

Stats - Displays the number of hands played, number of coins wagered, coins won, and total player return as a percent.

Edit Paytable - Our game displays the best paytables offered at Las Vegas casinos. Some casinos short pay video poker, which adds to their house edge. For those that prefer to mimic the local video poker game odds, the pay table may be adjusted. Simply click the "Edit Paytable" link at the top of the game and entered your preferred payout for each hand.

The credit balance may be reset by reloading the screen.

Double Bonus Poker Strategy

The ultimate goal of all video poker is to make a royal flush. This is the jackpot hand in Double Bonus Poker. Four aces is a close second, with quad 2's, 3's, and 4's also returning a high payout. The strategy below will help you receive the best return at Double Bonus Poker.

Always keep the winning portion of a starting hand (pair of jacks or better), except:

  • When there is four to a royal flush or straight flush, always discard the fifth card. Exception: Dealt king high straight flush.
  • When a dealt full house contains three aces, always discard the bottom pair

The remaining potential starting hands are in the order of importance. Read the list from the top until you find a scenario that applies to the current hand and keep the part of the hand that applies:

  • Four to a flush
  • Three to a royal flush
  • Four to an open-ended (outside) straight
  • Pair of 2's through 10's
  • AKQJ
  • Three to straight flush where the number of cards jack or higher equals or exceeds the number of gaps
  • Four to an inside straight with three cards jack or higher
  • QJ suited
  • Three to a flush with two cards jack or higher
  • Two suited cards jack or higher
  • Four to an inside straight with two cards jack or higher
  • Three to straight flush with one gap or two gaps with a card of jack or better
  • 234 suited
  • Any three card five-high straight flush draw
  • Four to inside straight with one high cards
  • KQJ unsuited
  • JT suited
  • QJ suited
  • Three to a straight flush with two gaps and no cards jack or higher
  • KQ or KJ unsuited
  • Any ace
  • KT suited
  • Bare jack, queen, or king
  • Four to an inside straight with no cards jack or higher
  • Three to a flush with no cards jack or higher

If none of the above applies, discard all five dealt cards.

Double Bonus Poker Paytable

The paytable for the Wizard of Vegas Double Bonus Poker game is the highest that will be found in Las Vegas casinos. It returns 100.17%. The paytable may be edited to reflect your local casino's return. The payout below should be multiplied by the number of coins wagered.

  • Royal Flush: 800 (with five coins bet, otherwise it pays 250)
  • Straight flush: 50
  • Four aces: 160
  • Four 2's, 3's, and 4's: 80
  • Four 5's through kings: 50
  • Full house: 10
  • Flush: 7
  • Straight: 5
  • Three of a kind: 3
  • Two pair: 1
  • Pair of jacks or better: 1