Bonus Poker Deluxe
You have probably seen a lot of video poker games that have the word "bonus" on the title name. Most "bonus" video poker games have extra payouts for particular poker hands. The extra jackpot prizes make it a "bonus" video poker game. Such is the case with Bonus Poker Deluxe, which has an extra payout for any four-of-a-kind. This machine should not be confused with the more laconic "Bonus Poker" game, which also has extra payouts for four-of-a-kinds, but these are subdivided in several categories. Bonus Poker Deluxe is a much simpler game with just one type of four-of-a-kind.
Normally when a video poker game has an extra jackpot amount for a particular poker hand then another hand's payout is reduced to balance out the paytable. Bonus Poker Deluxe has a lower payout for two pairs which pays 1 coin (as much as a pair of Jacks or better). This is because the four-of-a-kind pays considerably more than other video poker games. Typically a four-of-a-kind will pay out 25 coins on a standard game such as Jacks or Better. In Bonus Poker Deluxe it pays 80 coins on a one-coin bet. Of course, the two pair is way easier to get. On average a two pair poker hand will appear every 7 or 8 hands on an 8/6 Bonus Poker Deluxe machine. A four-of-a-kind will appear only every 424 hands.
It is more common to find 8/6 Bonus Poker Deluxe machines than 9/6. When the payout for a Full House is 8 coins and 6 coins for a Flush on a one-coin bet (8/6); this is called a short-pay video poker game. Check for paytables that pay 9 coins for a Full House and 6 for a Flush (9/6), this kind is called a Full-Pay machine which has a better payout percentage than the short-pay machines. Unfortunately most online casinos that offer Bonus Poker Deluxe have this game as short-pay.
Where to Play Bonus Poker Deluxe
This game is offered at most casinos that have International Game Technology (IGT) video poker machines. IGT has several multi-poker machines such as Super Triple Play, Draw 6 Poker and Game King which offer Bonus Poker Deluxe.
Bonus Poker Deluxe is also available at online casinos. Any casino powered by the following gaming softwares provides this game:
How to Play Bonus Poker Deluxe
Before you play this game you must learn the basic rules for draw poker. Typically draw poker is played against other players but with video poker machines all you have to do is compete against the odds and try to complete a strong poker hand in two draws from the deck. A draw poker hand is composed of 5 cards. Depending on the different combinations of cards (ranks and suits are important) a winning hand will be paid according to the paytable. The Poker Hand Rank goes like this:
Royal Flush: (Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten of the same suit)
To begin playing insert money into the machine and then select how many coin bets you want to wager per hand (1 to 5 coin bets). Then click the Deal button to receive an initial set of five cards. Select the best cards to hold them and then click the Deal button to discard the rest and get new cards for the discarded cards. Selecting the best cards is easy if you follow an optimal video poker strategy. At the bottom of this page you will find proven tips that will get you great results for Bonus Poker Deluxe.
After you have drawn a second time from the deck, your final 5-card poker hand is completed and a payout is made according to the Bonus Poker Deluxe paytable:
As you can see the second best paying hand is the four-of-a-kind, which has the "bonus" payout. The Royal Flush on a 5-coin bet (max bet) will receive also a bonus payout.
Tips and Strategy for Bonus Poker Deluxe
If you want to increase your winnings you must select exactly the cards that have the highest probabilities of getting you the best poker hand. To arrive at these probabilities we use a computer program to work out the odds and give us the best cards to be held. The following list will give you a set of winning and non-winning hands in order of their value (highest value on top). After you deal for five cards check this list and hold the cards that are higher on the list:
1. Royal Flush
2. Straight Flush
3. Four of a Kind
4. 4 cards to a Royal Flush
5. Full House
7. 3 of a kind
9. 4 cards to a Straight Flush
10. Two pair
11. Jacks or better pair
12. 3 cards to a Royal Flush
13. 4 cards to a Flush
14. Unsuited high cards (T,J,Q,K)
15. Low non-paying pair (2's through 10's)
16. 4 cards to an outside Straight
17. 3 cards to a Straight Flush
18. Suite QJ
19. 4 cards to an inside Straight (with four high cards)
20. Suited KQ or KJ
21. Suited AK, AQ or AJ
22. 4 cards to an inside Straight (with 3 high cards)
23. 3 cards to a Straight Flush
24. Unsuited JQK
25. Unsuited JQ
26. Suited Ten and Jack
27. Two unsuited high cards (king highest)
28. Suited Ten and Queen
29. Two unsuited high cards (ace highest)
30. 1 Jack
31. Suited Ten and King
32. 1 Queen
33. 1 King
34. 1 Ace
you have none of the above then it is best to discard all the cards and deal for five new. There is at least a one in five chance of getting a pair of Jacks or higher on the second draw.