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Last Updated: July 15, 2015

Multi-Streak Poker

Introduction



Multi-Streak Poker is a video poker variant by IGT. I first saw it in July 2015 at the Topaz Lodge and Silver Legacy in Nevada. The thrust of the game is that if the player doubles his bet, then he will win multipliers on up to the next three hands according to the hand he was dealt.

Rules



Multi-Streak Poker is based on conventional triple-play video poker. If the player bets 1 to 5 credits per line, then the game will play like conventional triple-play video poker. If the player doubles his bet to 10 credits per line, then he will enable the Multi-Streak Poker feature. The 30 total credits shall be divided between 15 credits for three bet of 5 credits each and anther 15 credits to enable the feature. The rules under Multi-Streak Poker are as follows:

  1. If the player gets at least a minimum poker hand on the deal, which depends on the game, then he will win multipliers on up to the next three games.
  2. These earned multipliers are in addition to the 1x multiplier the player gets anyway.
  3. If the player earns more than one multiplier on the same hand then the multipliers shall be added together.
  4. If the sum of multipliers on any one hand reaches seven or more, then that multiplier shall be immediately increased to ten and go no higher.

The following table shows the multipliers earned on the deal in 8-5 and 7-5 Jacks or Better, all pay tables in Bonus Poker Deluxe, and one version of 6-5 Bonus Poker. I do not know the multiplier table for 8-6 Jacks or Better or the other version of 8-5 Bonus Poker.

Jacks or Better, Bonus Poker Deluxe, and Bonus Poker (one version)

Hand Three
Hands
Away
Two
Hands
Away
One
Hand
Away
Royal flush 1 1 1
Straight flush 1 1 1
Four of a kind 2 2 2
Full house 2 3 4
Flush 2 3 4
Straight 2 3 4
Three of a kind 2 2 4
Two pair 2 2 3
Pair J-A 0 1 1
Pair 6-10 0 0 1


The table above will result in an average multiplier of 2.006933.


The following table shows the multipliers earned on the deal in 9-6-5 and one version of 9-6-4 Double Bonus Poker. There is a second multiplier table for 9-6-4 Double Bonus, which I do not know.

Double Bonus Poker — Some versions

Hand Three
Hands
Away
Two
Hands
Away
One
Hand
Away
Royal flush 1 1 1
Straight flush 1 1 1
Four aces 2 2 2
Four 2-4 2 2 2
Four 5-K 2 2 2
Full house 2 3 4
Flush 2 3 4
Straight 2 3 4
Three of a kind 2 2 4
Two pair 1 2 4
Pair J-A 0 1 1
Pair 6-10 0 0 1


The table above will result in an average multiplier of 2.015406.


The following table shows the multipliers earned on the deal in 8-5 and 7-5 Double Double Bonus Poker. I do not know the table for 9-5 Double Double Bonus.

8-5 & 7-5 Double Double Bonus Poker

Hand Three
Hands
Away
Two
Hands
Away
One
Hand
Away
Royal flush 1 1 1
Straight flush 1 1 1
Four aces + 2-4 2 2 2
Four aces + 5-K 2 2 2
Four 2-4 + A-4 2 2 2
Four 2-4 + 5-K 2 2 2
Four 5-K 2 2 2
Full house 2 3 4
Flush 2 3 4
Straight 2 3 4
Three of a kind 1 3 4
Two pair 1 2 4
Pair J-A 0 1 1
Pair 6-10 0 0 1


The table above will result in an average multiplier of 2.005156.


The following table shows the multipliers earned on the deal in all versions of Triple Double Bonus Poker.

Triple Double Bonus Poker

Hand Three
Hands
Away
Two
Hands
Away
One
Hand
Away
Royal flush 1 1 1
Straight flush 1 1 1
Four aces + 2-4 2 2 2
Four aces + 5-K 2 2 2
Four 2-4 + A-4 2 2 2
Four 2-4 + 5-K 2 2 2
Four 5-K 2 2 2
Full house 2 3 4
Flush 2 3 4
Straight 2 3 4
Three of a kind 2 2 4
Two pair 2 2 3
Pair J-A 0 1 1
Pair 6-10 0 0 1


The table above will result in an average multiplier of 2.003466.


The following table shows the multipliers earned on the deal in 20-12-9 Deuces Wild. I do not know what the what multiplier table the 20-12-10 or 25-16-13 pay tables use. They may be the same as this one.

20-12-9 Deuces Wild

Hand Three
Hands
Away
Two
Hands
Away
One
Hand
Away
Natural royal flush 1 1 1
Four deuces 1 1 1
Wild royal flush 2 2 2
Five of a kind 2 2 2
Straight flush 2 3 4
Four of a kind 2 3 4
Full house 2 3 4
Flush 2 3 4
Straight 2 2 4
Three of a kind 0 1 1
Two pair 0 1 1
Jacks or better 0 0 1


The table above will result in an average multiplier of 2.007933.


The following table shows the multipliers earned on the deal in 12-4-3-2 and one version of 10-4-3-3 Deuces Bonus Poker. There is another tables for 10-4-3-3 Deuces Bonus Poker, which I do not know.

Deuces Bonus Poker — Some versions

Hand Three
Hands
Away
Two
Hands
Away
One
Hand
Away
Natural royal flush 1 1 1
Four deuces + ace 1 1 1
Four deuces + 3-K 2 2 2
Wild royal flush 2 2 2
Five aces 2 2 2
Five 3-5 2 2 2
Five 6-K 2 2 2
Straight flush 2 3 4
Four of a kind 2 3 4
Full house 1 3 4
Flush 1 3 4
Straight 2 2 4
Three of a kind 0 1 1
Two pair 0 1 1
Jacks or better 0 0 1


The table above will result in an average multiplier of 2.003972.


Example




In this hand I got a high pair on the deal, which awarded an extra 1x multiplier on the next two hands. Each hand gets 1x automatically, so adding 1x to the next two hands results in multipliers of 1x, 2x, 2x on the next three hands, in order from the last to be played off to the most recent, to be consistent with the way they are presented on the game screen and help files.


My high pair improved to a two pair on one hand. Based on a multiplier of 1x, five coins bet per line, and a base win of 1 for a high pair and 2 for a two pair, the total win is 1×5× (2×1 + 1×2) = 20.


The multipliers shift over to 1x, 1x, 2x and 2x on the current hand. In this hand I was dealt a two pair, which earns multipliers of 2x, 2x, 3x on the next three hands in order. Adding that to the previous multipliers the future multiplier stream is 3x, 3x, 5x.


My two pair improved to a full house on one hand. Based on a multiplier of 2x, five coins bet per line, and a base win of 2 for a two pair and 8 for a full house, the total win is 2×5× (2×2 + 1×8) = 120.


The multipliers shift over to 1x, 3x, 3x and 5x on the current hand. In this hand I was dealt garbage so the multiplier stream didn't improve.


My garbage improved to one high pair and one two pair. Based on a multiplier of 5x, five coins bet per line, and a base win of 2 for a two pair and 1 for a high pair, the total win is 5×5× (1×1 + 1×2) = 75.


The multipliers shift over to 1x, 1x, 3x and 3x on the current hand. In this hand I was dealt four to an outside straight, which didn't improve the multiplier stream.


My straight improved to one high pair and one straight. Based on a multiplier of 3x, five coins bet per line, and a base win of 4 for a straight and 1 for a high pair, the total win is 3×5× (1×1 + 1×4) = 75.

After that the next hand had a 3x multiplier. Hopefully, you get how it works by now.

Images used with permission from VideoPoker.com.

Return Tables



The following table shows the base return and feature return for all available games and pay tables. The figures for the feature return are quoted from IGT, the game maker.

As you can see, the same game and pay table can have two different returns sometimes. For example the two 6-5 Bonus Poker games. This is due to changes in the multiplier table. If you see a game with two possible returns, the multiplier tables above may or may not help.

Deuces Bonus Poker — Some versions

Game Pay Table Standard Feature
Bonus Poker 6-5 96.87% 97.20%
Bonus Poker 6-5 96.87% 96.88%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 8-6 98.49% 98.83%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 8-5 97.40% 97.74%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 7-5 96.25% 96.59%
Deuces Wild 20-12-10 97.58% 98.54%
Deuces Wild 20-12-9 97.06% 97.83%
Deuces Wild 25-16-13 96.77% 96.78%
Bonus Deuces Wild 4-3-3 97.36% 98.32%
Bonus Deuces Wild 4-3-2 97.36% 97.75%
Bonus Deuces Wild 4-3-2 96.22% 96.60%
Double Bonus 9-6-5 97.81% 98.15%
Double Bonus 9-6-4 96.38% 97.12%
Double Bonus 9-6-4 96.38% 96.71%
Double Double Bonus 9-5 97.87% 98.63%
Double Double Bonus 8-5 96.79% 97.29%
Double Double Bonus 7-5 95.71% 96.21%
Jacks or Better 8-6 98.45% 98.73%
Jacks or Better 8-5 97.30% 97.64%
Jacks or Better 7-5 96.15% 96.48%
Triple Double Bonus 9-6 98.15% 98.49%
Triple Double Bonus 9-5 97.02% 97.36%
Triple Double Bonus 8-5 95.97% 96.30%


Strategy



The strategy is the same as for conventional video poker for any given game and pay table.

Analysis



This game was a little tricky to analyze due to the rule about a 7x multiplier or more being bumped up to 10x but nothing too complicated. Where I knew the multiplier table, my figures agreed to within 0.01% of those by IGT, except in standard Deuces Wild. Why the disagreement there, I do not know. We did agree with with Deuces Wild Bonus Poker, so I don't think it has to do with the probability of a multiplier on the deal.

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Written by: Michael Shackleford

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