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Rack 'Em Up Poker
Rack 'Em Up Poker is a video poker variant by Action Gaming. It is an optional feature added to 25-, 50-, and 100-play video poker machines. If the player bets an extra two credits per play, he invokes the bonus feature. The bonus feature pays the player an extra award according to how many total times he improves to certain hands. For example, in 25-play 8-5 Bonus Poker, if the player improves to a three of a kind on at least 15 hands, then he will win a bonus of 4,000 credits.
- The game is an added feature to some 25-, 50-, and 100-play games.
- With one to five coins bet per play, the game plays like conventional multi-play video poker, which I assume the reader is familiar with.
- If the player bets seven coins per play, the additional two coins above five coins pay for the bonus feature. All wins will still be based on a five-coin bet per play. The extra two coins should be viewed as a fee.
- If the feature is activated, in addition to being paid normally on each additional hand, the player will be eligible for bonus wins.
- Bonus wins will be based on thfe number of improved wins of a given type, across all plays, among six types of wins. To get credit for a win for purposes of the bonus, the hand must IMPROVE. For example, if you hold a three of a kind, you don't get credit for three of a kind bonus hands, because the hand didn't get better on the draw.
- In games with no wild cards, these six hands are a three of a kind to four aces. In deuces wild games they are a full house to four deuces.
- Below, as an example, are the bonus pay tables for 9-5 Jacks or Better.
Bonus Pay Table — 25-Play 9-5 Jacks or Better
|15 to 25||4000||4000||4000||4000||4000||4000|
Bonus Pay Table — 50-Play 9-5 Jacks or Better
|24 to 50||4000||4000||3000||4000||4000||4000|
Bonus Pay Table — 100-Play 9-5 Jacks or Better
|31 to 100||4000||4000||4000||4000||4000||4000|
In this example, I was playing 100-play 9-5 Jacks or Better and held two deuces. Here is what I had after the draw:
- 17 Two Pair
- 14 Three of a Kind
- 2 Full House
- 1 Four of a Kind
As shown in the 100-play pay table above, 14 three of a kinds are worth 120, 2 full houses are worth 90, and one four-of-a-kind is worth 225. Thus, the bonus win is 120+90+225 = 435. The individual wins for each hand are worth 5×(17×2 + 14×3 + 2×9 + 1×25) = 595. The total win is thus 595+435 = 1030, as also shown in the Win box.
An analysis of this game would have been rather tedious. Fortunately, VideoPoker.com indicates the games, pay tables, and returns for Rack 'Em Poker. You can find the list if you click "Customize Games/Plays." They don't list separately returns by number of plays. Based on the analysis of a trusted video poker programmer, I believe these returns apply to the 25-play game only. I will post after the table his 50-play and 100-play results for two games.
|Jacks or Better||9-5||98.564%|
|Jacks or Better||8-5||97.768%|
|Jacks or Better||7-5||96.511%|
|Bonus Poker Deluxe||8-6||98.680%|
|Bonus Poker Deluxe||8-5||97.553%|
|Bonus Poker Deluxe||7-5||96.578%|
|Double Double Bonus||9-5||98.403%|
|Double Double Bonus||9-5||97.873%|
|Double Double Bonus||8-5||96.859%|
|Double Double Bonus||7-5||96.144%|
|Triple Double Bonus||9-6||98.646%|
|Triple Double Bonus||9-5||97.783%|
|Triple Double Bonus||8-5||96.128%|
|Deuces Wild Bonus||10-4-3-3-1-1||98.080%|
|Deuces Wild Bonus||12-4-3-2-1-1||97.176%|
As mentioned before the table, I believe the returns lists are for the 25-play game only. Based on the trusted analysis of a friend I'll refer to as GK for now, here are return by number of plays for a couple games.
9-5 Jacks or Better:
- 25 Line: 0.98563578137925
- 50 Line: 0.98581410470529
- 100 Line: 0.98807212005431
7-5 Bonus Poker
- 25 Line: 0.9806343622856
- 50 Line: 0.98202038203347
- 100 Line: 0.98160382181086
I wanted to do some analysis for this game, so calculated the expected bonus value for some common draws in 25-play 8-5 Bonus Poker. Here they are:
- Pair (discarding three singletons) — 47.42 credits.
- Two Pair (discarding one singleton) — 95.97 credits.
- Three of a Kind (discarding two singletons) — 260.13 credits.
- Four to an inside straight — 42.47 credits.
- Four to an outside straight — 92.39 credits.
- Four to a flush — 136.01 credits.
Optimal strategy would involve not just conventional video poker strategy, but also the expected bonus value for all 32 possible plays for any given draw. I leave that as an exercise for the reader.
I would like to thank VideoPoker.com for their complimentary Gold membership and letting me use screenshots from their game on this site.
Written by: Michael Shackleford