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Last Updated: October 3, 2005
Double Draw Aces
Double Draw Aces is a video poker variation I noticed at the Frontier on October 2, 2005.
The game plays like normal video poker except the player gets two draws if he keeps and retains two or more aces on the draw. After the first draw the player may elect to either keep the outcome of that draw or take a second draw. In the event the player chooses the second draw the cards obtained on the first draw will be inserted back in the deck. In other words it is like replaying the first draw, except the second draw is final.
The following table shows the possible outcomes under optimal player strategy. The lower right cell shows an expected returnof 96.26%.
Double Draw Aces
|Four A + 2-4||0.000110||400||0.043989|
|Four 2-4 + A-4||0.000149||160||0.023773|
|Three of a kind||0.083444||3||0.250333|
The strategy is the same as normal for the specified pay table except as noted.
- Player should keep two aces over four to a straight flush after the deal.
- If the player keeps two aces after the deal then the player should stand with three of a kind or better on the first draw .
- If the player keeps three aces after the deal then the player should stand on any four of a kind on the first draw.
For those who may be interested the player will not get two aces or break them up 95.832% of the time, keep the first of two ace draws 0.517% of the time, and keep the second draw 3.651% of the time.
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Written by: Michael Shackleford