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Super Times Pay

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Introduction

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.

Return

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%

Multiplier Study

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

Mutliplier Observations Ratio
2 81 0.184091
3 155 0.352273
4 62 0.140909
5 91 0.206818
8 34 0.077273
10 17 0.038636
Total 440 1

My average multiplier was 4.027, a little under the average 4.05.

Actual Multipliers

After I did this study an anonymous source gave me the actual probabilities of each multiplier, as follows.

Super Times Pay — Actual Multiplier Probabilities

Mutliplier Probability Expected
2 17% 0.34
3 33% 0.99
4 16% 0.64
5 24% 1.2
8 6% 0.48
10 4% 0.4
Total 100% 4.05

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%.

Volatility

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.

Strategy

The strategy is exactly the same as that for standard video poker of the same pay table.

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