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Max Action

Introduction

Max Action Poker is a video poker variant that bumps up wins on some of the wins, generally the higher pays. It is an optional feature added to mutli-play video poker. To take advantage of this feature, the player must bet six or tens coins per play. The return is maximized by betting the full ten coins per play.

The way this page is organized is to show the pay table for six to ten coins bet for the most generous pay table for each type of game. I also show the full return table for ten coins bet for the most generous pay table for each type of game. Following these two tables for each game, at the bottom of the page, I present a table that shows the ten-coin return for all available games and pay tables.

Jacks or Better

The following table shows the pay table and return for betting 6 to 10 coins in what is "8/6" Jacks or Better for one to five coins bet per line.

8-6 Jacks or Better

Event 6 Coins 7 Coins 8 Coins 9 Coins 10 Coins
Royal flush 4000 4000 4000 4000 8000
Straight flush 500 500 500 700 1000
Four of a kind 190 250 315 375 500
Full house 55 70 75 80 95
Flush 40 50 55 70 70
Straight 30 40 45 55 60
Three of a kind 20 25 25 30 35
Two pair 10 10 15 15 15
Jacks or better 5 5 5 5 5
Return 98.41% 98.45% 98.47% 98.56% 98.83%

The next table shows the probability and contribution to the return for a 10-coin bet based on the above game and pay table. The "pay" column is relative to the ten coins bet per line. The lower right cell shows a total return of 98.83%.

9.5-7-6 Jacks or Better

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 468,808,200 0.000024 0.018815
Straight flush 100 2,361,898,776 0.000118 0.011849
Four of a kind 50 45,857,777,592 0.002301 0.115028
Full house 9.5 222,547,525,128 0.011165 0.106064
Flush 7 339,394,886,844 0.017027 0.119186
Straight 6 336,194,635,152 0.016866 0.101196
Three of a kind 3.5 1,409,472,334,848 0.070710 0.247484
Two pair 1.5 2,434,889,709,072 0.122152 0.183228
Jacks or better 0.5 3,407,998,399,020 0.170971 0.085485
Nothing 0 11,734,044,542,568 0.588667 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.988337

The standard deviation of the pay table above is 4.964323.

Bonus Poker Deluxe

The following table shows the pay table and return for betting 6 to 10 coins in what is "8/6" Bonus Poker Deluxe for one to five coins bet per line.

8-6 Bonus Poker Deluxe

Event 6 Coins 7 Coins 8 Coins 9 Coins 10 Coins
Royal flush 4000 4000 4000 4000 8000
Straight flush 250 400 400 500 800
Four of a kind 600 800 1000 1200 1500
Full house 55 60 70 75 80
Flush 40 45 60 60 65
Straight 30 30 40 45 50
Three of a kind 15 20 20 25 25
Two pair 5 5 5 5 5
Jacks or better 5 5 5 5 5
Return 97.49% 97.56% 97.65% 97.71% 98.51%

The next table shows the probability and contribution to the return for a 10-coin bet based on the above game and pay table. The "pay" column is relative to the ten coins bet per line. The lower right cell shows a total return of 98.51%.

8-6.5-5 Bonus Poker Deluxe

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 459,546,192 0.000023 0.018443
Straight flush 80 2,315,517,876 0.000116 0.009293
Four of a kind 150 48,813,671,724 0.002449 0.367329
Full house 8 158,665,158,540 0.007960 0.063679
Flush 6.5 339,775,261,632 0.017046 0.110797
Straight 5 318,178,050,252 0.015962 0.079811
Three of a kind 2.5 1,506,175,038,816 0.075561 0.188903
Two pair 0.5 2,067,934,332,312 0.103743 0.051872
Jacks or better 0.5 3,785,678,520,192 0.189918 0.094959
Nothing 0 11,705,235,419,664 0.587222 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.985085

The standard deviation of the pay table above is 8.473574.

Bonus Poker

The following table shows the pay table and return for betting 6 to 10 coins in what is "7/5" Bonus Poker for one to five coins bet per line.

8-6 Bonus Poker

Event 6 Coins 7 Coins 8 Coins 9 Coins 10 Coins
Royal flush 4000 4000 4000 4000 8000
Straight flush 250 400 500 700 900
Four aces 600 800 1000 1200 1500
Four 2-4 300 400 500 600 800
Four 5-K 190 250 315 380 500
Full house 50 60 60 75 100
Flush 35 45 50 60 70
Straight 30 40 45 50 55
Three of a kind 20 25 25 30 30
Two pair 10 10 15 15 15
Jacks or better 5 5 5 5 5
Return 98.13% 98.18% 98.25% 98.29% 98.36%

The next table shows the probability and contribution to the return for a 10-coin bet based on the above game and pay table. The "pay" column is relative to the ten coins bet per line. The lower right cell shows a total return of 98.36%.

10-7-5.5 Bonus Poker

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 448,958,988 0.000023 0.018019
Straight flush 90 2,350,330,512 0.000118 0.010612
Four aces 150 3,901,014,180 0.000196 0.029356
Four 2-4 80 10,445,932,896 0.000524 0.041924
Four 5-K 50 31,652,535,984 0.001588 0.079396
Full house 10 223,097,400,900 0.011192 0.111922
Flush 7 337,184,397,840 0.016916 0.118410
Straight 5.5 329,048,694,948 0.016508 0.090791
Three of a kind 3 1,415,342,055,324 0.071004 0.213012
Two pair 1.5 2,443,146,309,612 0.122567 0.183850
Jacks or better 0.5 3,439,966,012,812 0.172574 0.086287
Nothing 0 11,696,646,873,204 0.586791 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.983579

The standard deviation of the pay table above is 5.434603.

Double Bonus Poker

The following table shows the pay table and return for betting 6 to 10 coins in what is "9/6/5" Double Bonus Poker for one to five coins bet per line.

9-6-5 Double Bonus Poker

Event 6 Coins 7 Coins 8 Coins 9 Coins 10 Coins
Four aces 1200 1600 2000 2400 2800
Four 2-4 600 800 1000 1200 1400
Four 5-K 375 500 625 750 1000
Full house 60 65 70 70 85
Flush 45 50 55 55 60
Straight 35 40 45 45 50
Three of a kind 15 20 25 25 25
Two pair 5 5 5 10 10
Jacks or better 5 5 5 5 5
Nothing 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0
Return 97.84% 97.88% 97.93% 97.99% 98.40%

The next table shows the probability and contribution to the return for a 10-coin bet based on the above game and pay table. The "pay" column is relative to the ten coins bet per line. The lower right cell shows a total return of 98.40%.

8.5-6-5 Double Bonus Poker

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 472,565,832 0.000024 0.018966
Straight flush 100 2,417,929,212 0.000121 0.012130
Four aces 280 4,463,141,484 0.000224 0.062693
Four 2-4 140 10,780,895,328 0.000541 0.075719
Four 5-K 100 31,759,449,636 0.001593 0.159329
Full house 8.5 204,960,615,408 0.010282 0.087400
Flush 6 315,239,993,676 0.015815 0.094889
Straight 5 325,384,095,516 0.016324 0.081619
Three of a kind 2.5 1,450,193,259,360 0.072753 0.181881
Two pair 1 2,349,522,915,264 0.117870 0.117870
Jacks or better 0.5 3,648,569,117,796 0.183040 0.091520
Nothing 0 11,589,466,538,688 0.581414 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.984016

The standard deviation of the pay table above is 7.864086.

Double Double Bonus Poker

The following table shows the pay table and return for betting 6 to 10 coins in what is "9/5" Double Double Bonus Poker for one to five coins bet per line.

9-5 Double Double Bonus Poker

Event 6 Coins 7 Coins 8 Coins 9 Coins 10 Coins
Royal flush 4000 4000 4000 4000 8000
Straight flush 400 600 700 800 800
Four aces + 2-4 3000 4000 5000 6000 8000
Four 2-4 + A-4 1200 1600 2000 2400 3000
Four aces + 5-K 1200 1600 2000 2400 3000
Four 2-4 600 800 1000 1200 1500
Four 5-K 375 500 625 750 1000
Full house 60 65 75 90 100
Flush 40 45 60 60 60
Straight 30 30 40 40 40
Three of a kind 15 20 20 25 25
Two pair 5 5 5 5 5
Jacks or better 5 5 5 5 5
Return 97.90% 97.92% 97.96% 98.07% 98.41%

The next table shows the probability and contribution to the return for a 10-coin bet based on the above game and pay table. The "pay" column is relative to the ten coins bet per line. The lower right cell shows a total return of 98.41%.

10-6-4 Double Double Bonus Poker

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 469,446,708 0.000024 0.018841
Straight flush 80 2,401,651,548 0.000120 0.009639
Four aces + 2-4 800 1,217,795,568 0.000061 0.048875
Four 2-4 + A-4 300 2,933,031,324 0.000147 0.044143
Four aces + 5-K 300 3,401,064,396 0.000171 0.051187
Four 2-4 150 7,883,100,096 0.000395 0.059321
Four 5-K 100 31,913,107,212 0.001601 0.160100
Full house 10 206,298,720,180 0.010349 0.103495
Flush 6 311,361,222,804 0.015620 0.093721
Straight 4 292,121,826,720 0.014655 0.058620
Three of a kind 2.5 1,466,692,934,544 0.073580 0.183951
Two pair 0.5 2,374,763,409,288 0.119136 0.059568
Jacks or better 0.5 3,693,105,457,452 0.185274 0.092637
Nothing 0 11,538,667,749,360 0.578866 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.984097

The standard deviation of the pay table above is 10.480940.

Triple Double Bonus Poker

The following table shows the pay table and return for betting 6 to 10 coins in what is "9/5" Triple Double Bonus Poker for one to five coins bet per line.

9-5 Triple Double Bonus Poker

Event 6 Coins 7 Coins 8 Coins 9 Coins 10 Coins
Royal flush 4000 4000 4000 4000 8000
Straight flush 550 600 600 600 700
Four aces + 2-4 6000 8000 10000 12000 14000
Four 2-4 + A-4 3000 4000 5000 6000 8000
Four aces + 5-K 1200 1600 2000 2400 2800
Four 2-4 600 800 1000 1200 1400
Four 5-K 375 500 625 750 875
Full house 55 65 75 75 90
Flush 35 45 50 50 50
Straight 25 30 40 40 40
Three of a kind 10 10 10 15 15
Two pair 5 5 5 5 5
Jacks or better 5 5 5 5 5
Return 97.04% 97.05% 97.10% 97.43% 98.41%

The next table shows the probability and contribution to the return for a 10-coin bet based on the above game and pay table. The "pay" column is relative to the ten coins bet per line. The lower right cell shows a total return of 98.41%.

9-5-4 Triple Double Bonus Poker

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 500,297,604 0.000025 0.020079
Straight flush 70 2,384,889,564 0.000120 0.008375
Four aces + 2-4 1400 1,435,191,048 0.000072 0.100800
Four 2-4 + A-4 800 3,528,726,888 0.000177 0.141622
Four aces + 5-K 280 3,014,630,928 0.000151 0.042346
Four 2-4 140 6,534,335,040 0.000328 0.045894
Four 5-K 87.5 31,657,990,620 0.001588 0.138968
Full house 9 207,112,135,212 0.010390 0.093513
Flush 5 255,807,942,732 0.012833 0.064166
Straight 4 320,385,747,792 0.016073 0.064292
Three of a kind 1.5 1,474,331,141,820 0.073963 0.110945
Two pair 0.5 2,385,009,267,228 0.119650 0.059825
Jacks or better 0.5 3,720,037,255,416 0.186625 0.093312
Nothing 0 11,521,490,965,308 0.578004 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.984136

The standard deviation of the pay table above is std dev 17.383973.

Deuces Wild

The following table shows the pay table and return for betting 6 to 10 coins in what is "20/12/10" Deuces Wild for one to five coins bet per line.

20-12-10 Deuces Wild

Event 6 Coins 7 Coins 8 Coins 9 Coins 10 Coins
Natural royal flush 4000 4000 4000 4000 8000
Four deuces 1500 2000 2500 3000 4000
Wild royal flush 160 210 260 310 350
Five of a kind 90 120 150 180 210
Straight flush 75 100 125 150 175
Four of a kind 25 30 35 40 45
Full house 25 30 30 40 45
Flush 20 25 25 25 25
Straight 10 10 15 15 15
Three of a kind 5 5 5 5 5
Return 97.71% 97.77% 97.81% 97.84% 98.32%

The next table shows the probability and contribution to the return for a 10-coin bet based on the above game and pay table. The "pay" column is relative to the ten coins bet per line. The lower right cell shows a total return of 98.32%.

35-21-17.5 Deuces Wild

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 499,284,660 0.000025 0.020038
Four deuces 400 3,743,140,884 0.000188 0.075114
Wild royal flush 35 39,374,631,888 0.001975 0.069136
Five of a kind 21 59,064,126,816 0.002963 0.062225
Straight flush 17.5 117,606,966,468 0.005900 0.103251
Four of a kind 4.5 1,202,353,340,556 0.060319 0.271436
Full house 4.5 515,050,030,704 0.025839 0.116274
Flush 2.5 439,181,661,000 0.022033 0.055082
Straight 1.5 1,035,804,765,384 0.051964 0.077946
Three of a kind 0.5 5,288,495,114,724 0.265310 0.132655
Nothing 0 11,232,057,454,116 0.563484 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.983157

The standard deviation of the pay table above is 7.260062.

Deuces Wild Bonus

The following table shows the pay table and return for betting 6 to 10 coins in what is "10/4/3/3" Deuces Wild Bonus for one to five coins bet per line.

10-4-3-3 Deuces Wild Bonus

Event 6 Coins 7 Coins 8 Coins 9 Coins 10 Coins
Natural royal flush 4000 4000 4000 4000 8000
Four deuces plus ace 3000 4000 5000 6000 7000
Four deuces 1500 2000 2500 3000 4000
Wild royal flush 190 245 305 365 425
Five aces 600 800 1000 1200 1400
Five 3-5 300 400 500 600 700
Five 6-K 150 200 250 300 350
Straight flush 85 105 125 150 175
Four of a kind 25 30 35 35 35
Full house 15 20 20 25 30
Flush 15 15 20 25 30
Straight 5 5 5 10 10
Three of a kind 5 5 5 5 5
Return 97.43% 97.71% 98.06% 98.17% 98.23%

The next table shows the probability and contribution to the return for a 10-coin bet based on the above game and pay table. The "pay" column is relative to the ten coins bet per line. The lower right cell shows a total return of 98.23%.

17.5-3.5-3-3 Deuces Wild Bonus

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 483,720,108 0.000024 0.019414
Four deuces plus ace 700 537,635,316 0.000027 0.018880
Four deuces 400 3,002,617,980 0.000151 0.060254
Wild royal flush 42.5 41,523,941,424 0.002083 0.088534
Five aces 140 6,730,179,324 0.000338 0.047269
Five 3-5 70 15,723,577,284 0.000789 0.055217
Five 6-K 35 41,260,111,296 0.002070 0.072447
Straight flush 17.5 99,919,083,072 0.005013 0.087722
Four of a kind 3.5 1,278,988,184,400 0.064164 0.224573
Full house 3 422,296,879,344 0.021186 0.063557
Flush 3 425,543,233,164 0.021348 0.064045
Straight 1 701,960,085,828 0.035216 0.035216
Three of a kind 0.5 5,788,499,611,188 0.290394 0.145197
Nothing 0 11,106,761,657,472 0.557198 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.982324

The standard deviation of the pay table above is 8.454376.

All Available Games and Pay Tables

The following table shows the ten-coin pay tables available for all games as well as the corresponding ten-coin return. For all games except deuces wild and bonus deuces, the pay table refers to the pays for a straight, flush, and full house. For deuces wild, the pays refer to a straight flush, five of a kind, and wild royal. For bonus deuces, the pays refer to a straight, flush, full house, and four of a kind.

Full Game Table

Game Pay Table Return
Jacks of Better 60,70,95 98.83%
Jacks of Better 55,70,100 98.68%
Jacks of Better 60,65,95 97.78%
Jacks of Better 60,65,90 97.00%
Jacks of Better 55,65,85 95.80%
Bonus Poker 55,70,100 98.36%
Bonus Poker 55,70,95 97.68%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 50,65,80 98.51%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 50,65,75 97.88%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 45,60,75 96.26%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 40,60,75 95.73%
Double Bonus 50,60,85 98.40%
Double Bonus 45,60,85 97.60%
Double Bonus 45,55,85 96.86%
Double Bonus 45,55,75 95.82%
Double Double Bonus 40,60,100 98.41%
Double Double Bonus 40,60,90 97.26%
Double Double Bonus 45,60,75 96.49%
Double Double Bonus 40,60,75 95.59%
Triple Double Bonus 40,50,90 98.41%
Triple Double Bonus 40,50,80 97.48%
Triple Double Bonus 40,50,75 97.03%
Triple Double Bonus 40,50,65 96.01%
Deuces Wild 175,210,350 98.32%
Deuces Wild 215,280,500 97.42%
Deuces Wild 140,175,350 96.79%
Deuces Wild 185,250,350 95.18%
Bonus Deuces Wild 35,30,30,10 98.99%
Bonus Deuces Wild 35,25,20,10 97.56%
Bonus Deuces Wild 35,30,20,10 96.78%


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