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Last Updated: February 11, 2015

Dual Action Poker

Introduction


The concept of Dual Action Poker is quite simple — the player's final hand is scored on two different pay tables and paid based on both of them. One pay table is a deuces wild game and the other a jacks-or-better based game. For this feature, the player must double his normal bet.

Example


In the hand above, I had a three of a kind against both pay tables. For the Bonus Poker Deluxe pay table on the left, I was paid 15 coins. For the Deuces Wild pay table on the right, I was paid 5 coins. The total win was 15+5=20 coins.

Games and Pay Tables

The following four tables show the games and pay tables available for Dual Action Poker.

Bonus Poker Deluxe

Hand Pays
ROYAL FLUSH 800
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50
FOUR OF A KIND 100
FULL HOUSE Variable
FLUSH Variable
STRAIGHT 4
THREE OF A KIND 3
TWO PAIR 1
JACKS OR BETTER 1


Double Double Bonus

Hand Pays
ROYAL FLUSH 800
STRAIGHT FLUSH 100
FOUR A's + ANY 2, 3 OR 4 500
FOUR 2's,3's,4's + ANY A,2,3,4 200
FOUR ACES 200
FOUR 2's, 3's, 4's 100
FOUR 5's THROUGH K's 50
FULL HOUSE Variable
FLUSH Variable
STRAIGHT 4
THREE OF A KIND 3
TWO PAIR 1
JACKS OR BETTER 1


Deuces Wild

Hand Pays
ROYAL FLUSH NO DEUCES 800
FOUR DEUCES 200
ROYAL FLUSH WITH DEUCE Variable
FIVE OF A KIND 20
STRAIGHT FLUSH Variable
FOUR OF A KIND 4
FULL HOUSE 4
FLUSH 3
STRAIGHT 2
THREE OF A KIND 1


Deuces Wild Bonus

Hand Pays
ROYAL FLUSH NO DEUCES 800
FOUR DEUCES + ONE ACE 400
FOUR DEUCES 200
ROYAL FLUSH WITH DEUCE 30
FIVE ACES 100
FIVE 3's, 4's, 5's 60
FIVE 6's THROUGH K's 30
STRAIGHT FLUSH Variable
FOUR OF A KIND 4
FULL HOUSE Variable
FLUSH Variable
STRAIGHT 1
THREE OF A KIND 1


The following table shows the games, pay tables, and returns, which were kindly provided to me by IGT, the game maker of Dual Action Poker. To fit everything nicely, I used some abbreviations as follows:

  • BPD = Bonus Poker Deluxe
  • DDB = Double Double Bonus (Poker)
  • DW = Deuces Wild
  • DWB = Deuces Wild Bonus (Poker)

For the pay tables I indicate only the "variable" pays, as indicated in the four tables above.

Dual Action Games and Pay Tables

Game 1 Pay Table 1 Game 2 Pay Table 2 Return
BPD 10-6 DWB 9-4-3 99.79%
BPD 9-6 DWB 13-3-3 98.73%
BPD 8-6 DWB 10-3-3 97.61%
BPD 8-5 DWB 12-3-2 96.38%
BPD 9-6 DW 30-16 99.53%
BPD 8-6 DW 30-14 98.50%
BPD 8-5 DW 25-14 97.47%
BPD 7-5 DW 25-12 96.49%
DDB 10-6 DWB 9-4-3 99.68%
DDB 9-6 DWB 13-3-3 98.68%
DDB 9-5 DWB 10-3-3 97.52%
DDB 8-5 DWB 12-3-2 96.32%
DDB 10-6 DW 30-16 99.31%
DDB 9-6 DW 30-14 98.31%
DDB 9-5 DW 25-14 97.28%
DDB 8-5 DW 25-12 96.32%


Analysis

The following tables show the game and pay table configurations for Dual Action Poker available at the Rampart casino in Las Vegas.

Bonus Poker Deluxe & Deuces Wild



The following two tables show the pairing of Bonus Poker Deluxe & Deuces Wild. The lower right cells show a return of 94.56% for Bonus Poker Deluxe and 102.44% for Deuces Wild. The combined return for the whole game is the average of the two, which is 98.50%.

100-8-6 Bonus Poker Deluxe

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 1,037,854,488 0.000026 0.020827
Straight flush 50 4,307,248,656 0.000108 0.005402
Four of a kind 100 83,529,737,376 0.002095 0.209524
Full house 8 433,235,824,704 0.010867 0.086937
Flush 6 445,259,759,136 0.011169 0.067013
Straight 4 448,620,802,872 0.011253 0.045012
Three of a kind 3 2,785,191,541,704 0.069863 0.209589
Two pair 1 5,109,228,109,656 0.128159 0.128159
Jacks or better 1 6,904,406,226,456 0.173188 0.173188
Nothing 0 23,651,643,929,352 0.593272 0.000000
Total 39,866,461,034,400 1.000000 0.945651


30-20-14-4-4-3 Deuces Wild

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 1,037,854,488 0.000026 0.020827
Four deuces 200 7,389,017,832 0.000185 0.037069
Wild royal flush 30 76,528,563,792 0.001920 0.057589
Five of a kind 20 124,168,839,048 0.003115 0.062292
Straight flush 14 184,336,363,896 0.004624 0.064734
Four of a kind 4 2,421,917,640,504 0.060751 0.243003
Full house 4 1,047,118,704,480 0.026266 0.105063
Flush 3 869,794,650,504 0.021818 0.065453
Straight 2 2,029,246,392,840 0.050901 0.101802
Three of a kind 1 10,625,799,941,232 0.266535 0.266535
Nothing 0 22,479,123,065,784 0.563861 0.000000
Total 39,866,461,034,400 1.000000 1.024366


Bonus Poker Deluxe & Bonus Deuces Wild



The following two tables show the pairing of Bonus Poker Deluxe & Bonus Deuces Wild. The lower right cells show a return of 95.00% for Bonus Poker Deluxe and 100.22% for Bonus Deuces Wild. The combined return for the whole game is the average of the two, which is 97.61%.

100-8-6 Bonus Poker Deluxe

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 1,052,374,440 0.000026 0.021118
Straight flush 50 4,498,313,832 0.000113 0.005642
Four of a kind 100 86,259,276,240 0.002164 0.216371
Full house 8 375,229,273,680 0.009412 0.075297
Flush 6 463,563,675,888 0.011628 0.069767
Straight 4 358,158,545,712 0.008984 0.035936
Three of a kind 3 2,919,186,001,968 0.073224 0.219672
Two pair 1 4,566,134,196,144 0.114536 0.114536
Jacks or better 1 7,639,876,714,824 0.191637 0.191637
Nothing 0 23,452,502,661,672 0.588277 0.000000
Total 39,866,461,034,400 1.000000 0.949976


100-60-30-10-4-3-3 Bonus Deuces Wild

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 1,052,374,440 0.000026 0.021118
Four deuces plus ace 400 928,795,008 0.000023 0.009319
Four deuces 200 6,747,917,592 0.000169 0.033853
Wild royal flush 25 78,989,036,784 0.001981 0.049534
Five aces 100 12,185,434,032 0.000306 0.030566
Five 3-5 60 31,193,307,696 0.000782 0.046947
Five 6-K 30 84,813,292,032 0.002127 0.063823
Straight flush 10 158,641,960,368 0.003979 0.039793
Four of a kind 4 2,524,533,367,152 0.063325 0.253299
Full house 3 935,743,667,400 0.023472 0.070416
Flush 3 894,550,807,320 0.022439 0.067316
Straight 1 1,423,380,995,232 0.035704 0.035704
Three of a kind 1 11,181,443,066,520 0.280472 0.280472
Nothing 0 22,532,257,012,824 0.565193 0.000000
Total 39,866,461,034,400 1.000000 1.002159


Double Double Bonus & Deuces Wild



The following two tables show the pairing of Double Double Bonus & Deuces Wild. The lower right cells show a return of 93.35% for Double Double Bonus and 101.20% for Deuces Wild. The combined return for the whole game is the average of the two, which is 97.28%.

500-200-100-50-9-5 Double Double Bonus

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 1,003,592,400 0.000025 0.020139
Straight flush 100 4,668,238,728 0.000117 0.011710
Four aces + 2-4 500 2,501,001,456 0.000063 0.031367
Four 2-4 + A-4 200 6,281,955,696 0.000158 0.031515
Four aces + 5-K 200 5,296,631,616 0.000133 0.026572
Four 2-4 100 13,714,488,072 0.000344 0.034401
Four 5-K 50 56,573,274,048 0.001419 0.070953
Full house 9 411,761,468,232 0.010329 0.092957
Flush 5 444,710,645,472 0.011155 0.055775
Straight 4 454,524,899,016 0.011401 0.045605
Three of a kind 3 2,813,478,367,536 0.070573 0.211718
Two pair 1 4,923,704,312,640 0.123505 0.123505
Jacks or better 1 7,069,263,715,944 0.177324 0.177324
Nothing 0 23,658,978,443,544 0.593456 0.000000
Total 39,866,461,034,400 1.000000 0.933540


30-20-14-4-4-3 Deuces Wild

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 1,003,592,400 0.000025 0.020139
Four deuces 200 7,589,833,680 0.000190 0.038076
Wild royal flush 25 75,149,120,544 0.001885 0.047126
Five of a kind 20 125,127,882,240 0.003139 0.062774
Straight flush 14 180,551,591,760 0.004529 0.063405
Four of a kind 4 2,440,744,610,256 0.061223 0.244892
Full house 4 1,006,576,689,840 0.025249 0.100995
Flush 3 863,527,816,224 0.021661 0.064982
Straight 2 2,021,789,757,912 0.050714 0.101428
Three of a kind 1 10,690,969,114,680 0.268170 0.268170
Nothing 0 22,453,431,024,864 0.563216 0.000000
Total 39,866,461,034,400 1.000000 1.011985


Double Double Bonus & Bonus Deuces Wild



The following two tables show the pairing of Double Double Bonus & Bonus Deuces Wild. The lower right cells show a return of 94.08% for Double Double Bonus and 100.97% for Bonus Deuces Wild. The combined return for the whole game is the average of the two, which is 97.52%.

500-200-100-50-9-5 Double Double Bonus

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 1,011,891,144 0.000025 0.020306
Straight flush 100 4,506,248,880 0.000113 0.011303
Four aces + 2-4 500 2,651,680,776 0.000067 0.033257
Four 2-4 + A-4 200 6,504,226,296 0.000163 0.032630
Four aces + 5-K 200 5,376,179,112 0.000135 0.026971
Four 2-4 100 13,403,876,208 0.000336 0.033622
Four 5-K 50 56,963,360,760 0.001429 0.071443
Full house 9 416,138,480,208 0.010438 0.093945
Flush 5 433,683,477,096 0.010878 0.054392
Straight 4 350,410,949,160 0.008790 0.035158
Three of a kind 3 2,864,004,983,640 0.071840 0.215520
Two pair 1 5,001,568,109,928 0.125458 0.125458
Jacks or better 1 7,447,026,676,680 0.186799 0.186799
Nothing 0 23,263,210,894,512 0.583528 0.000000
Total 39,866,461,034,400 1.000000 0.940804


100-60-30-10-4-3-3 Bonus Deuces Wild

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 1,011,891,144 0.000025 0.020306
Four deuces plus ace 400 979,838,760 0.000025 0.009831
Four deuces 200 6,510,433,752 0.000163 0.032661
Wild royal flush 30 81,498,737,976 0.002044 0.061329
Five aces 100 14,027,083,440 0.000352 0.035185
Five 3-5 60 30,740,934,624 0.000771 0.046266
Five 6-K 30 82,705,680,744 0.002075 0.062237
Straight flush 10 150,994,302,696 0.003788 0.037875
Four of a kind 4 2,505,033,305,064 0.062836 0.251342
Full house 3 999,905,410,824 0.025081 0.075244
Flush 3 860,757,106,632 0.021591 0.064773
Straight 1 1,351,476,127,944 0.033900 0.033900
Three of a kind 1 11,112,142,375,896 0.278734 0.278734
Nothing 0 22,668,677,804,904 0.568615 0.000000
Total 39,866,461,034,400 1.000000 1.009684


Summary



The following table summarizes the returns of the return tables above.

Return Summary

Game 1 Game 2 Return 1 Return 2 Combined
Return
Bonus Poker Deluxe Deuces Wild 94.57% 102.44% 98.50%
Bonus Poker Deluxe Bonus Deuces Wild 95.00% 100.22% 97.61%
Double Double Bonus Deuces Wild 93.35% 101.20% 97.28%
Double Double Bonus Bonus Deuces Wild 94.08% 100.97% 97.52%


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