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Ask The Slot Expert

13 February 2003

I am having trouble finding any information on advanced strategies/situations for Double Double Bonus Poker where the payout is 4,000 coins for a royal flush (non-progressive); 2,000 coins for four aces w/2, 3, or 4; 800 coins for four aces; 800 coins for four 2s, 3s, or 4s with A, 2, 3, or4; and 400 coins for four 2s, 3s, 4s.

I have several situations I would like to know about:

  1. Hold a winning pair vs. four to a straight or flush (if you hold four to a straight or flush, does it include throwing away the powerful aces?).
  2. Hold a winning pair vs. three cards to the royal (if you hold three to the royal in this case, does it include throwing away the powerful aces?).
  3. Hold a dealt full house with three 2s, 3s, or 4s or three aces vs. throwing two cards away for the possibility of a powerful four of a kind.

These are only a few of the many questions I have concerning this game. I would also like to know if the strategy changes when playing a multi-play machine like triple play or five-play. Furthermore, I would like to know if you think the casinos set the multi-play machines so they do not give one of these powerful hands on the deal trying to avoid a very large payout?

I would appreciate any advice/reply.

Thanks,
Scott

Dear Scott,

I use a program called Bob Dancer Presents WinPoker to answer questions like these. The program lets me set up a particular hand and then it will tell me the expected values of all the different combinations of cards I could hold.

My answers are based on the 9/6 version of Double Double Bonus, that is, a full house pays 9 coins and a flush 6.

1. Hold a high pair over four to a straight or flush.

2. Hold a three-card royal over a pair of jacks, queens, or kings, but hold a pair of aces over a three-card royal.

3. Hold the pat full house with three 2s, 3s, or 4s, but break the full house when it has three aces.

As for multi-hand machines, the strategy is exactly the same regardless of the number of hands you play, one or one hundred. And the casinos cannot set the machines so they do not deal these high-paying hands. The video poker machines made by IGT and other U.S. manufacturers deal the cards as if you were dealing them from a deck at your kitchen table. On the deal, every five-card hand is equally likely to be dealt--even one containing four aces and a kicker.

Bob Dancer Presents WinPoker can be ordered from Huntington Press.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John


Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@comcast.net.


For more information about slots and video poker, we recommend:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots by John Robison
Break the One-Armed Bandits! by Frank Scoblete
Victory at Video Poker and Video Craps, Keno and Blackjack! by Frank Scoblete
Slot Conquest Audio Cassette Tape (60 minutes) with Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Slots & Video Poker! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
The Slot Machine Answer Book by John Grochowski
The Video Poker Answer Book by John Grochowski
John Robison

John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots
John Robison
John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots