Super double bonus!

Dec 18, 2006 6:24 AM

Is winning as simple as it sounds — can a player sit at a machine for the better part of his or her life and bang out a positive percentage over infinity? Is it really possible to be near or at perfection in one’s play? Is it possible to match the math models and probability theories as sold to us by all the slick operators out there?

In a word, no. However, there are ways to consistently beat the games and I’m continuously improving upon the process. One of these improvements is through the incorporation of the game of Super Double Bonus Poker (SDBP) into my play strategies.

I know, some people immediately want to know the theoretical pay out of this game, but to me it has no relevance at all. In its full-pay format the full house (FH) pays 45, four 2s, 3s or 4s pay 400, four Jacks, Queens or Kings pay 600, the straight flush pays 300 or 400, and four aces pays 800.

The quads never change, but some pay tables reduce the FH to 40 and even 35 at times. And the guru-sighs can be heard whenever I sit and play at one of them.

Why does it NOT matter to me what the FH pays out? Just look at the pay out for quads and you’ll quickly see the answer to that. Sure, expert-play theory says to grind away forever at the game, and if you do that and make no mistakes along the way you will fare better than I would playing a shortened pay table at the same skill level. But that’s not what happens in the real world, as we all know.

My strategies are successful because I play for the quads, and I have numerous special plays that deviate from optimal play holds that take into account the opportunities you are given TODAY when it comes to all the special high-paying quads contained within this great game. And because there are also reasonable goals and denomination progressions involved, SDBP has always been a very lucrative game for me to play for profit.

And why not? When dealt a hand containing an unsuited queen and king, only holding one can get you 600 credits easier than holding both, where in the other advanced Bonus games I play it’s a mere 250. Then there’s the jackpot for hitting four aces, and the standard 400 for the lower quads as previously identified. It is a fairly volatile game, but it is a game very capable of sending the player home a huge winner at any time.

Let’s take a look at a hand I played and why I played it this way in 2005. I was in a high limit area on what some "experts" would call a "bad SDBP machine" because it only paid 35 credits for the full house. I had progressed up to the $10 level on my single play strategy, and I was stuck a little over $3200 at that point.

On my third or fourth hand I was dealt three nothing cards along with an unsuited Jack and King. Do you know what the correct hold is here? While other may differ — and it’s only because they don’t understand the game or what it takes to win consistently in video poker — holding only the Jack or King is the only correct play. But which one and why?

Since there are three "nothing" cards, at least one of them is the same suit as either the Jack or King. In this case the King had a match and the Jack didn’t, so holding the Jack was the only play to make, when you consider the chances of pulling a flush on the draw.

Holding the Jack produced quad Jacks on this hand for a $6000 win, an overall profit of over my minimum $2500 limit (approx. $2770) and an instant trip upstairs to my room to get my luggage, a stop at the valet out front, and an immediate ride home. As I always do, I give no casino the opportunity to get it back, and greed on my part for more winnings never even enters into the equation. It is all a part of the extreme discipline portion of my strategy.

So go ahead, play Jacks or Better or any advanced Bonus game that has a higher theoretical pay out than any of the SDBP games I play. If you like 125 or 250 credits for quad Jacks, be my guest. Maybe with the money you hand over they’ll renovate my hotel rooms, or put more comfortable seats in whenever I’m playing. Eventually, everyone will get it.