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Super Double Bonus is a type of video poker. It is not to be confused with Super Double Double Bonus, which is a slightly different game. Super Double Bonus offers larger bonuses for Four of a Kind hands and Straight Flushes. However, this advantage is undercut by a higher overall threshold for payouts, and lower payments for mid-value hands such as Full Houses, Flushes, and Straights.

Rules

At bottom, Super Double Bonus is still yet another variant on Jacks or Better, which is in turn just a name for Draw Poker with a paytable starting at a pair of Jacks. For those who have not played either of these “remote ancestor” games, here is a run-down of the basic rules. After you make your bet, the dealer or program gives you five cards. If you want, you can choose to discard some or all of the cards. Discarded cards will be replaced by new ones from the deck. The object of the game is to get as great a poker hand as possible in order to get a high payout.

This basic game spawned many variations: the hundreds of variants we collectively call video poker. One of these was Double Bonus. It “improved” upon Jacks or Better by turning the Four of a Kind hand into a bonus hand with higher payouts. Actually, Double Bonus Poker even distinguishes between different values of Four of a Kind, with some being higher than others. Essentially, a sub-paytable was attached to the main Jacks or Better paytable. Of course, Super Double Bonus also has these same features, plus a couple more.

So, what is it that makes Super Double Bonus so “super?” Well, Super Double Bonus further raises the status (i.e. the payout) of some Four of a Kind hands, namely those composed of the face cards. It also has higher payouts for Straight Flushes.

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Of course, canny (or perhaps just jaded) gamers will ask, “What is the downside to this deluge of bonuses?” Unfortunately, these cynics are on the right track. There is indeed a downside, which is that payouts for lower-ranking hands are eliminated altogether. Its payments for mid-ranking hands are also slightly lower than those found in Double Bonus poker. Therefore, this version can be said to give higher rewards for the best hands, but it is also possible that you will ultimately win less money, since hands that would have given you some earnings are worth less or even nothing in this type of video poker.

Types of Bets

The bets involved in Super Double Bonus are the same ones you mind find in “simpler,” older types of video poker. This means that you set a value for your coins, and then decide to bet from one up to five coins for a particular hand. Keep in mind that you are usually not setting these parameters for an entire playing session. You may change the number and value of coins wagered between one hand and the next. Of course, the more money you wager, the more cash you stand to win. This may be discouraging for players on a tight budget, but there is a way to maximize your cash while still being in line for a bonus: always bet five coins, but set the per-coin value low.

Strategies

The rules for this game encourage players to be more aggressive when it comes to discarding cards. There is a greater incentive for obtaining Four of a Kind cards, while payouts for the lower-ranking hands have been eliminated. Thus, people will be more willing to break up lower-ranking hands in the hope of obtaining a bonus hand. If this is not to your liking, and you find that you tend to do well in games that reward the steady accumulation of hands in the lower or lower-middle rankings, you should probably switch to Double Bonus Poker. Super Double Bonus Poker is not recommended for beginners and/or people who have little awareness of their strengths and weaknesses in poker.

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Experience

This game makes no pretensions of originality. After all, it is quite obvious from the game’s name that it is a slight variation on Double Bonus. If you are looking for something truly different, you will not find it here, and it is better to realize that early rather than wasting your time on a game that is probably destined to bore you. The special table for Four of a Kind hands can be somewhat confusing at first, or even off-putting. It adds complication to the overall paytable without making the game more interesting in other, more fundamental ways. Furthermore, the stingy nature of the paytable—at least in the lower hand rankings—will be yet another turn-off for many players. We have now summed up this game’s putative “bad points.”

Then again, there is nothing wrong with wanting something that is a slight twist on what you already know. The bonus features on this game are designed for people with precisely this leaning. They may also be appealing to experienced poker players who want an opportunity to experiment with their strategy. Basic poker strategy can be kept as a tactical foundation, but the player might want to try different types of plans and calculations in order to take advantage of the special paytable and bonus hands. The challenging paytable may also be an encouragement to take more risks and be more adventurous in one’s strategies. Daring players are likely to find this game appealing.

So, there you have it. This game straddles the middle ground between the expected and the very strange. For some, this is an awkward and ultimately undesirable position. However, if you are in the mood for something that is different but not too much so (a balancing act that is much more difficult than it sounds), Super Double Bonus hits that sweet spot quite well. It has a familiar base, but enough special features to make it interesting, much like a basic vanilla ice cream cone with lots of sprinkles and nuts on top. If you are in the mood for, say, banana-flavored frozen yoghurt, best go to a different shop.

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