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By John Grochowski on Tuesday October 4, 2016
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Most of video poker games we play today have been around for decades. Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Bonus Poker Deluxe, Double Bonus Poker and others have stood the test of time.
Most innovation in video poker comes in games that require an extra bet to activate a bonus feature. Of these, the most popular has been Super Times Pay.
Super Times Pay is an option available in Triple Play, Five Play and Ten Play formats.
Instead of the usual max bet of five coins per line, it takes a sixth coin per line to activate the Super Times feature. The benefit is that at random times, one of the cards will show a multiplier before showing you a card value. You’ll see a multiplier an average of once per 15 hands.
The available multipliers are two, three, four, five, eight and 10, so that if you get 2x multiplier, any winners bring twice the normal payoff, 3x winners bring triple the payoff and so on.
The odds of drawing royal flushes are the same in Super Times Pay as in any other video poker game.
If you’re playing 9-6 Jacks or Better strategy, you’ll draw a royal an average of once per 40,391 hands regardless of whether a Super Times multiplier has appeared in the hand.
If you are dealt four parts of a royal and draw one card, your chances of drawing a royal are 1 in 47 – the one remaining royal card vs. the total 47 cards available after the first five have been dealt. If you are playing Five Play, the chances of completing a royal with a one-card draw are 1 in 47 for each of your five hands. And if a Super Times multiplier as has appeared during the initial deal, your chances of completing royal still are 1 in 47 in each hand.
Multipliers do not change the odds of drawing winning hands. Those odds change only with your playing strategy. The house edge on the Super Times bet is slightly lower than that on the main game. So the extra bet does not increase the house edge; it just adds volatility and opens the possibility of large jackpot hands.