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Super Times Pay
Super Times Pay is a video poker variant by IGT in which the game sometimes randomly multiplies the win for the price of a sixth coin. According to the rules screen, the multiplier appears once every 15 games and the average multiplier is 4.05. So the average win after the multiplier is 20.33% more, making the sixth coin a marginally good bet.
To get the return of any pay table simply look up the return in a standard video poker game and then multiply by 1.00278. Following are some common pay tables, showing the normal and Super Times Pay returns.
Super Times Pay Return
|Game||Standard Return||Super Times Pay Return|
|9/6 Jacks or Better||99.54%||99.82%|
|8/6 Jacks or Better||98.39%||98.67%|
|9/5 Jacks or Better||98.45%||98.72%|
|8/5 Jacks or Better||97.29%||97.56%|
|7/5 Jacks or Better||96.15%||96.41%|
|6/5 Jacks or Better||95.00%||95.26%|
|8/5 Bonus Poker||99.17%||99.44%|
|7/5 Bonus Poker||98.01%||98.29%|
|6/5 Bonus Poker||96.87%||97.14%|
|9/6 Double Double Bonus||98.98%||99.26%|
|8/6 Double Double Bonus||97.89%||98.17%|
|9/5 Double Double Bonus||97.87%||98.14%|
|8/5 Double Double Bonus||96.79%||97.05%|
|7/5 Double Double Bonus||95.71%||95.98%|
|6/5 Double Double Bonus||94.66%||94.92%|
|25/15/9/5/3/2 Deuces Wild||100.76%||101.04%|
|25/16/10/4/4/3 Deuces Wild||99.73%||100.01%|
|25/15/10/4/4/3 Deuces Wild||99.42%||99.69%|
|20/12/9/5/3/2 Deuces Wild||98.94%||99.21%|
|25/15/9/4/4/3 Deuces Wild||98.91%||99.19%|
|20/12/10/4/4/3 Deuces Wild||97.58%||97.85%|
|25/16/13/4/3/2 Deuces Wild||96.77%||97.03%|
|20/10/8/4/4/3 Deuces Wild||95.96%||96.23%|
|25/15/10/4/3/2 Deuces Wild||94.82%||95.08%|
|9/7/5 Double Bonus||99.11%||99.38%|
|9/6/5 Double Bonus||97.81%||98.08%|
|9/6/4 Double Bonus||96.38%||96.64%|
|8/5/4 Double Bonus||94.19%||94.45%|
|7/5/4 Double Bonus||93.11%||93.36%|
In late 2007 the Venetian had a nice 9/6 Jacks or Better Super Times Pay game in the high limit room. I played it at various times between Sep. 27 and Nov. 9. As I played I tallied how often I received each multiplier. Here were my results.
Super Times Pay — Venetian Experiment
My average multiplier was 4.027, a little under the average 4.05.
After I did this study an anonymous source gave me the actual probabilities of each multiplier, as follows.
Super Times Pay — Actual Multiplier Probabilities
A chi-squared test of my results against expectations has a chi-squared statistic of 6.405, with five degrees of freedom, and a p value of 26.88%.
Based on the actual multiplier probabilities, the Super Times Pay feature increases the standard deviation by 51%, compared to not paying for it. Compare that to an increase of 100% by just doubling the bet size on a standard video poker game.
The strategy is exactly the same as that for standard video poker of the same pay table.
Super Times Pay official web site. Has a nice play for free game.
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Written by: Michael Shackleford