Double Bonus Poker – Rules Strategy & Tips

Double Bonus Poker Strategy
This article shows our strategy for Bonus Poker. The expected return of Bonus Poker is 99.17%. This version of video poker is very popular so this strategy is very handy to learn.


The first versions of Video Poker came about at the same time as personal computers in the 1970s. These were very basic however and offered only a couple of versions, nothing like what is available now. Video Poker has grown since then to become one of the most played games in casinos as it offers players the chance of solitude as well as some nice wins, especially if the holy grail of poker hands the Royal flush comes in.

Bonus Poker Rules

Bonus Poker is a version of Video Poker that is very similar to Jacks or Better.

In fact, the only difference is that in Bonus Poker you get better payouts for Four of a Kind.

So, to start you need to choose your stake, then you are dealt 5 cards from a standard 52 card deck. At this point, you can hold or discard each card. Any you discard are then replaced by other cards from the same deck. You are then paid out based on the strength of your hand. You aren’t playing against a dealer or other players, so if your hand is a Pair of Jacks or better, you get paid. It’s that simple!

You still get a payout for a pair of Jacks or better as the screenshot below demonstrates.

Bonus Poker Strategy

As you will see above, Four of a Kind Aces pays out significantly more than a Straight Flush, Four of a Kind 2’s, 3’s or 4’s pay slightly more than a Straight Flush whilst any other Four of a Kind – 5’s through to Kings – pay the same as a Straight Flush. As with most versions of Video Poker, playing with 5 coins increases the jackpot for a Royal Flush significantly.

Paytable and Odds

The table below outlines the payout for each hand, the number of possibilities for each hand and the probability of each coming in.

HandPayout (with 5 coins)CombinationsProbability
Royal Flush4,0004954431360.000025
Straight Flush25021296042640.000107
4 of a Kind Aces80039037758120.000196
4 of a Kind 2’s to 4’s400105098663280.000527
4 of a Kind 5’s to K’s250326884173360.001640
Full House452295168699240.011514
3 of a Kind1514843911678560.074468
2 Pair525775236037520.129308
Jacks or Better542908109814440.215259


Bonus Poker Strategy

The strategy shown below gives you the best chance of getting a payout with Bonus Poker. As there are many variations of Video Poker and each has a slightly different strategy, make sure it is Bonus Poker you are playing before referring to it.

Start at the top of the table, working your way down until you find a hand that is relevant for the initial 5 cards you are dealt with. When you come across your hand, follow the instructions for the best chance to win.

Bonus Poker has an expected return of around 99.17% which makes it not a bad game to play from a payout perspective.

Best to Worst Hands

1Royal Flush
2Straight Flush
3Four of a Kind
44 of a Royal Flush
5Full House
7Three of a Kind
94 of a Straight Flush
10Two Pair
11High Pair
123 of a Royal Flush
134 of a Flush
14Unsuited 10, J, Q, K
15Low Pair
164 of an Outside Straight
173 of a Straight Flush
18Suited J, Q
194 of an Inside Straight
20Suited J, Q or J, K
21Suited A,K A,Q or A,J
22Unsuited J,Q,K
23Unsuited J,Q
24Suited 10,J
252 Unsuited High Cards, K High
26Suited 10, Q
272 Unsuited High Card, A High
28J only
29Suited 10,K
30Q only
31K only
32A only
33Garbage, discard everything

Outside Straight is a hand that needs a card at either end – e.g. 5, 6, 7, 8 – either a 4 or 9 would complete the Straight.

Inside Straight is a hand that needs a card in the middle – e.g. 3, 4, 6, 7 – only a 5 would complete the Straight.

This is meant as a guide only but if followed correctly it will give you the best chance of winning the session.

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