Free Double Bonus Video Poker

Though not as popular as Jacks or Better or Deuces Wild, Double Bonus video poker offers pay tables with a low house edge. And if you’re lucky enough to find one, Double Bonus has a pay table offering a slight edge over the casino, if you use perfect strategy.

Keep reading to find out how to play Double Bonus video poker, how to find the best pay tables, and how to play using good strategy.

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  • Playing Sequence

    Double Bonus plays like Jacks or Better, but offers special bonuses for four of a kind hands. The first thing you do once you find a machine is put your money in. When you play at your local casino you put bills in and when you play online your balance should load automatically when the game opens.

    The next step is to choose five coins per hand. You can choose to bet fewer coins per hand, but you miss out on the chance for the bonus payout for a royal flush.

    Now you press the deal button and receive your beginning five card hand. Choose which ones you want to hold, press the buttons to hold them, then press the deal button again.

    If you have a winning hand the payout is added to your balance at this point. Now you can hit the deal button to start the next hand. Most machines are designed to keep your coins per hand the same from hand to hand, but make sure it doesn’t reset to fewer than five coins between hands.

    Double Bonus Pay Tables

    Here are some of the popular pay tables for Double Bonus video poker. They aren’t the only ones produced, but most of the machines you find will match one of these pay tables.

    With the exception of the royal flush line, the listed numbers should match the first column to the left on the machine, or the one coin column. If the numbers don’t match exactly the house edge is different than the one listed in the table below.

    The royal flush will be listed as 250 on the machine in the first column, but the 800 represents the amount you win per coin with a five coin bet. The total payout is 4,000 instead of 1,250. This extra bonus helps lower the house edge on video poker games.

    Game 9 7 5 7 5 4 10 7 4 9 6 5 9 6 4 Full Pay
    Royal Flush 800 800 800 800 800 800
    Straight Flush 50 60 50 50 50 50
    Four Aces 160 400 160 160 160 160
    Four Twos to Fours 80 100 80 80 80 80
    Four Fives to Kings 50 50 50 50 50 50
    Full House 9 7 10 9 9 10
    Flush 7 5 7 6 6 7
    Straight 5 4 4 5 4 5
    Three of a Kind 3 3 3 3 3 3
    Two Pair 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Pair Jacks or Better 1 1 1 1 1 1
    House Edge .89% .08% 1.19% 2.19% 3.62% -.17%

    The first pay table listed is common and is often the best one available. With a house edge of less than 1% it offers a fair game. The second table is hard to find, but it lowers the house edge to almost break even. The last pay table, called full pay, actually can be beat in the long run with perfect strategy. But these machines are rare and can only be found in land based casinos.

    If you can’t find a Double Bonus Poker pay table offering a house edge of less than 1%, you should see if you can find a 9 / 6 Jacks or Better machine or a NSUD Deuces Wild machine. They both offer a lower house edge. The strategy for Jacks or Better is also slightly easier to learn than the correct strategy for Double Bonus.

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    Double Bonus Strategy

    Here’s a simple strategy chart you can use when you pay Double Bonus video poker. By using a strategy chart you keep the house edge as low as possible. This gives you the best chance to win during your playing session and helps your bankroll last longer.

    The way to use the Double Bonus strategy chart is to start reading from the top and keep going down until you find the first line that has your hand. Don’t worry about any of the lower lines that match your hand. The only one you use is the first one you come to. Then keep the cards listed and discard everything else.

    Always bet five coins per hand.

    • Royal flush
    • Four of a kind
    • Straight flush
    • Three aces
    • Full house
    • Flush
    • Straight
    • Three of a kind
    • Four to a straight flush
    • Two pair
    • Pair of jacks or higher
    • Four to a flush
    • Three to a royal flush
    • Open end straight
    • Pair of 10’s or lower
    • Four high cards
    • Three to a straight flush
    • Gut shot straight with three cards jack or higher
    • Two suited high cards
    • Three to a flush
    • Gut shot straight with one or more cards jack or higher
    • Two or three cards jack to king
    • One card jack or higher
    • Gut shot straight with no high cards
    • Discard everything

    We recommend bookmarking this page so you can pull t up the next time you play Double Bonus online or print it on your printer so you can take the strategy chart with you to the casino.

    If you know how to play Jacks or Better video poker you can play Double Bonus. It operates the same way and the only thing that changes is the pay table. To give yourself the best chance to win at Double Bonus, find a machine with a good pay table, use the strategy chart listed above, and bet five coins per hand.