Bonus Poker Games and Tips 2021
Bonus Poker Video Poker is a variation on the popular video poker game, Jacks or Better. It is a draw game with no wildcards. In order to be a winner, you must have a pair of Jacks or better.
The main difference between Jacks or Better and Bonus Poker is that in Bonus Poker, the payouts for hitting the biggest hand possible, a Royal Straight Flush, are larger than the standard payout. Also, payouts for hitting Four of a Kind are different than most other video poker games.
At the start of the game you must choose your wager. On a single hand Bonus Poker machine you will usually have the option to play anything from nickels up to $5 coins at a time.
It is best to choose something that allows you to play the max number of coins per hand, because that is the only way you could possibly win the bonus.
For instance, if you only want to spend $2 or $3 per hand, then choose the $.25 or $.50 coins, because you will need to play 5 coins for the max payouts. In this case, one hand on a $.25 coin would cost $1.25, while on a $.50 coin it would cost $2.50.
Once you choose which level you want to play, you can deal the cards. Don’t forget to hit Bet Max, at least the first time. After that, hitting Deal will just repeat your bet.
Upon hitting Bet Max or Deal, your cards show in front of you. Then you have to decide which to keep and which to drop. Some machines will have you click or select the cards to hold while others will have you select cards to drop, so be careful until you are used to the machine.
It is almost always best to keep made hands rather than keeping drawing hands in Bonus Poker. Especially if your draw is marginal or the extra winnings that could be gained are minimal in relation to your made hand.
For instance, if you are dealt a pair of Jacks or better, it is almost always best to only keep the big pair, regardless of the other cards.
The only time this may not be the case is if you have a legitimate chance at hitting the bonus hand or another big hand. An example might be if you were dealt Ten, Jack, Queen, King of spades, Queen of diamonds. You of course have a pair of Queens, which is a winning hand.
However, this is gambling and if ever there was a time to take a chance at a big win, this is it. Even if you do not hit your Royal Straight Flush, which would be the Ace of spades, there are so many other cards that would give you a winner.
Any Jack, Queen or King would give you a winner, any Ace would also be a winner and any 9 as well. The 9 of spades would also give you a straight flush. Any other spade would do as well, as you would then make a flush.
As you can see, there are times to throw away made hands. The thing that you should not do is throw away hands for marginal draws. For instance, never break a made hand for something like a straight draw. The likelihood of making the draw is slim and the payout for a straight does not justify the risk.
The payouts can vary from one casino to the next. Each machine will have a pay table readily available. It will look at least similar to the one at Bodog Casino. Their pay table pays these amounts for 5 coins:
- Jacks or Better – 5 coins
- 2 Pair – 10 coins
- 3 of a Kind – 15 coins
- Straight – 20 coins
- Flush – 25 coins
- Full House – 40 coins
- 4 of a Kind 5’s through Kings – 125 coins
- 4 of a Kind 2’s through 4’s – 200 coins
- 4 of a Kind Aces – 400 coins
- Straight Flush – 250 coins
- Royal Straight Flush – 4000 coins
As you can see, 4 of a Kind pays differently depending on which set of quads you get. Also, you should note that a Royal pays 1000 coins on a 4 coin bet and 4000 coins on a 5 coin bet. That’s 400% increase for 1 extra coin! This is why we say always play the max.
Remember, to maximize your winnings, keep your made hands. Of course, there are going to be times when you just feel like gambling it up a little bit and don’t want to play conservatively, and that’s completely fine.
That’s part of the fun of playing games like Bonus Poker. Sometimes you take that chance and hit your magic card. The feeling of anticipation before you see your card and the excitement when you win big are hard to match.
However, you should be cautious on which hands you take the chances. Just maximize your odds. You’ll hit your hands more often, and in turn, have more fun.