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Last Updated: March 7, 2012

Spin Fever

Introduction

Spin Fever is a video poker game I first noticed at the Red Rock casino in Las Vegas in February, 2012. This is the second game I have seen recently to allow for community bonuses in video poker. In other words, a bonus that multiple players can play at the same time.

The thrust of the idea of Spin Fever is that every time the player gets a flush or better on the draw, he earns multipliers towards the next bonus. When a bonus is initiated, a prize wheel will spin. If the player chooses to participate in the bonus, then his win will depend on where the wheel stops and the player's accumulated multipliers. After completing a bonus, the player's multipliers will reset to zero. Any player with at least one multiplier may initiate a bonus any time.

Rules

Spin Fever may be played like ordinary 3-play, 5-play, or 10-play video poker. To invoke the bonus feature, the player must bet the full five coins per play, and then add an extra 3 coins play as a non-refundable fee . So, the total bet would be 24 coins on 3-play, 40 on 5-play, and 80 on 10-play. All the following rules assume the player is paying the Spin Fever fee.

Whenever the player earns a flush or higher on the draw, he earns multipliers. These multipliers are accumulated until they are used on a Fever Spin. There are three categories of multipliers, as follows:

Flush multipliers
Full house multipliers
Four of a kind or higher multipliers

As long as the player has at least one multiplier, then he may choose to spin the Spin Fever wheel. In addition, if any player at the bank of machines chooses to spin the wheel, then the other players will have about ten seconds to choose to play along.

The wheel has 20 slices, ranging from wins of 20 to 4,000. There are three fixed arrows above the wheel. The red arrow on the left designates the flush win. The yellow arrow in the middle designates the full house win. The blue arrow on the right designates the four of a kind or higher win. At this point I think I should pause for an example.

At the Red Rock I initiated the bonus with one flush multiplier and two full house multipliers. The wheel stopped on 400 at the flush arrow, 300 for the full house arrow, and 50 for the four of a kind or higher arrow.

I had one flush multiplier, so my flush win was 1×400 = 400
I had two full house multipliers, so my full house win was 2×300 = 600
I had zero four of kind or better multipliers, so my four of a kind or better win was 0 × 50 = 0
Thus, my total bonus win was 400+600+0=1000.

After any Fever Spin the player initiates, or chooses to join, his multipliers will reset to zero.

According to the rule screens the average bonus wins per multiplier for each hand are:

  • Flush: 79.6
  • Full house: 103.8
  • Four of a kind or better: 138.6

Based on the weighting of each stop (they are not equally likely) I find that the figure above are averages. Here are the average wins to six decimal places.

  • Flush: 33750/424 = 79.599057
  • Full house: 44010/424 = 103.797170
  • Four of a kind or better: 58750/424 = 138.561321

Return Tables

The following are pay tables seen either at VideoPoker.com or the Red Rock. As usual with video poker, I like to express the pay table in terms of the win per coin, based on a max-coin bet. In this case, the average Spin Fever wins have also been divided by 5. The return column is the product of the total win, probability, and 5/8. The reason for multiplying by 5/8 is that 3/8 of the amount bet is a non-refundable fee.

8-6 Jacks or Better

Hand Pays Bonus Total Win Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 27.712264 827.712264 434,281,080 0.000022 0.011271
Straight flush 50 27.712264 77.712264 3,188,486,292 0.000160 0.007769
Four of a kind 25 27.712264 52.712264 44,518,948,512 0.002233 0.073580
Full house 8 20.759434 28.759434 218,602,237,968 0.010967 0.197123
Flush 6 15.919811 21.919811 420,628,745,808 0.021102 0.289093
Straight 4 0.000000 4.000000 168,767,036,916 0.008467 0.021167
3 of a kind 3 0.000000 3.000000 1,376,777,656,032 0.069069 0.129505
Two pair 2 0.000000 2.000000 2,425,168,391,904 0.121665 0.152081
Jacks or better 1 0.000000 1.000000 3,409,420,171,428 0.171042 0.106901
Nothing 0 0.000000 0.000000 11,865,724,561,260 0.595274 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.988490

8-5 Jacks or Better

Hand Pays Bonus Total Win Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 27.712264 827.712264 455,168,760 0.000023 0.011813
Straight flush 50 27.712264 77.712264 3,183,355,188 0.000160 0.007757
Four of a kind 25 27.712264 52.712264 44,763,107,328 0.002246 0.073983
Full house 8 20.759434 28.759434 219,497,365,872 0.011012 0.197930
Flush 5 15.919811 20.919811 416,133,773,832 0.020876 0.272956
Straight 4 0.000000 4.000000 168,767,490,996 0.008467 0.021167
3 of a kind 3 0.000000 3.000000 1,386,102,200,184 0.069537 0.130382
Two pair 2 0.000000 2.000000 2,437,027,542,504 0.122260 0.152824
Jacks or better 1 0.000000 1.000000 3,399,448,676,796 0.170542 0.106589
Nothing 0 0.000000 0.000000 11,857,851,835,740 0.594879 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.975401

6-5 Jacks or Better

Hand Pays Bonus Total Win Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 27.712264 827.712264 455,160,504 0.000023 0.011813
Straight flush 50 27.712264 77.712264 3,183,338,676 0.000160 0.007757
Four of a kind 25 27.712264 52.712264 44,762,678,016 0.002246 0.073983
Full house 6 20.759434 26.759434 219,494,988,144 0.011012 0.184164
Flush 5 15.919811 20.919811 416,129,711,880 0.020876 0.272954
Straight 4 0.000000 4.000000 168,889,312,404 0.008473 0.021182
3 of a kind 3 0.000000 3.000000 1,386,068,334,072 0.069536 0.130379
Two pair 2 0.000000 2.000000 2,436,954,278,760 0.122256 0.152820
Jacks or better 1 0.000000 1.000000 3,399,389,506,044 0.170539 0.106587
Nothing 0 0.000000 0.000000 11,857,903,208,700 0.594881 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.961637

8-6 Bonus Poker Deluxe

Hand Pays Bonus Total Win Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 27.712264 827.712264 434,204,712 0.000022 0.011269
Straight flush 50 27.712264 77.712264 3,183,236,508 0.000160 0.007756
Four of a kind 80 27.712264 107.712264 44,761,383,888 0.002246 0.151172
Full house 8 20.759434 28.759434 219,487,427,712 0.011011 0.197921
Flush 6 15.919811 21.919811 416,944,785,480 0.020917 0.286561
Straight 4 0.000000 4.000000 169,295,409,564 0.008493 0.021233
3 of a kind 3 0.000000 3.000000 1,385,959,252,704 0.069530 0.130369
Two pair 1 0.000000 1.000000 2,436,712,447,104 0.122244 0.076402
Jacks or better 1 0.000000 1.000000 3,398,859,220,068 0.170512 0.106570
Nothing 0 0.000000 0.000000 11,857,593,149,460 0.594866 0.000000
Total 0 0.000000 0.000000 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.989254

9-7 Double Bonus

Hand Pays Bonus Total Win Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 27.712264 827.712264 425,545,200 0.000021 0.011044
Straight flush 50 27.712264 77.712264 3,302,735,916 0.000166 0.008048
4 aces 160 27.712264 187.712264 3,634,356,216 0.000182 0.021391
4 2-4 80 27.712264 107.712264 9,335,439,492 0.000468 0.031528
4 5-K 50 27.712264 77.712264 29,185,446,588 0.001464 0.071115
Full house 9 20.759434 29.759434 209,882,357,064 0.010529 0.195841
Flush 7 15.919811 22.919811 454,996,332,924 0.022826 0.326980
Straight 5 0.000000 5.000000 177,334,698,852 0.008896 0.027801
3 of a kind 3 0.000000 3.000000 1,283,929,478,268 0.064412 0.120772
Two pair 1 0.000000 1.000000 2,302,628,468,868 0.115517 0.072198
Jacks or better 1 0.000000 1.000000 3,503,207,796,336 0.175747 0.109842
Nothing 0 0.000000 0.000000 11,955,367,861,476 0.599771 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.996559

9-6 Double Double Bonus

Hand Pays Bonus Total Win Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 27.712264 827.712264 419,977,560 0.000021 0.010900
Straight flush 50 27.712264 77.712264 3,268,192,812 0.000164 0.007963
Four aces + 2-4 400 27.712264 427.712264 1,000,413,576 0.000050 0.013416
Four 2-4 + A-4 160 27.712264 187.712264 2,768,362,704 0.000139 0.016294
Four aces + 5-K 160 27.712264 187.712264 2,725,107,456 0.000137 0.016039
Four 2-4 + 5-K 80 27.712264 107.712264 7,412,078,388 0.000372 0.025033
Four 5-K 50 27.712264 77.712264 29,236,363,404 0.001467 0.071239
Full house 9 20.759434 29.759434 213,522,410,952 0.010712 0.199237
Flush 6 15.919811 21.919811 439,890,974,208 0.022068 0.302332
Straight 4 0.000000 4.000000 170,424,735,420 0.008550 0.021374
3 of a kind 3 0.000000 3.000000 1,322,935,415,184 0.066368 0.124441
Two pair 1 0.000000 1.000000 2,354,498,786,304 0.118119 0.073825
Jacks or better 1 0.000000 1.000000 3,490,756,125,516 0.175122 0.109452
Nothing 0 0.000000 0.000000 11,894,371,573,716 0.596711 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.991544

8-5 Double Double Bonus

Hand Pays Bonus Total Win Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 27.712264 827.712264 441,280,104 0.000022 0.011452
Straight flush 50 27.712264 77.712264 3,193,508,520 0.000160 0.007781
Four aces + 2-4 400 27.712264 427.712264 1,005,169,032 0.000050 0.013480
Four 2-4 + A-4 160 27.712264 187.712264 2,845,982,004 0.000143 0.016750
Four aces + 5-K 160 27.712264 187.712264 2,735,484,216 0.000137 0.016100
Four 2-4 + 5-K 80 27.712264 107.712264 7,650,311,460 0.000384 0.025837
Four 5-K 50 27.712264 77.712264 29,231,849,436 0.001466 0.071228
Full house 8 20.759434 28.759434 214,706,329,092 0.010771 0.193610
Flush 5 15.919811 20.919811 433,738,245,936 0.021760 0.284504
Straight 4 0.000000 4.000000 170,162,700,816 0.008537 0.021342
3 of a kind 3 0.000000 3.000000 1,335,442,605,540 0.066996 0.125617
Two pair 1 0.000000 1.000000 2,370,473,296,452 0.118921 0.074325
Jacks or better 1 0.000000 1.000000 3,478,797,029,844 0.174522 0.109077
Nothing 0 0.000000 0.000000 11,882,806,724,748 0.596131 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.971104

9-6 Triple Double Bonus

Hand Pays Bonus Total Win Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 27.71226415 827.7122642 422,305,752 0.000021 0.010960
Straight flush 50 27.71226415 77.71226415 3,175,011,984 0.000159 0.007736
Four aces + 2-4 800 27.71226415 827.7122642 1,195,419,264 0.000060 0.031024
Four 2-4 + A-4 400 27.71226415 427.7122642 3,352,690,908 0.000168 0.044962
Four aces + 5-K 160 27.71226415 187.7122642 2,309,102,064 0.000116 0.013591
Four 2-4 + 5-K 80 27.71 107.71 6,232,871,328 0.000313 0.021050
Four 5-K 50 27.71 77.71 28,448,252,352 0.001427 0.069318
Full house 9 20.76 29.76 212,339,551,644 0.010653 0.198133
Flush 6 15.92 21.92 442,427,643,624 0.022195 0.304075
Straight 4 0.00 4.00 170,510,316,600 0.008554 0.021385
3 of a kind 2 0.00 2.00 1,309,879,132,716 0.065713 0.082142
Two pair 1 0.00 1.00 2,335,208,664,492 0.117152 0.073220
Jacks or better 1 0.00 1.00 3,511,935,364,608 0.176185 0.110116
Nothing 0 0.00 0.00 11,905,794,189,864 0.597284 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.987713

8-5 Triple Double Bonus

Hand Pays Bonus Total Win Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 27.712264 827.712264 443,594,880 0.000022 0.011512
Straight flush 50 27.712264 77.712264 3,169,021,740 0.000159 0.007722
Four aces + 2-4 800 27.712264 827.712264 1,199,923,944 0.000060 0.031141
Four 2-4 + A-4 400 27.712264 427.712264 3,353,650,668 0.000168 0.044975
Four aces + 5-K 160 27.712264 187.712264 2,318,912,256 0.000116 0.013648
Four 2-4 + 5-K 80 27.712264 107.712264 6,233,058,636 0.000313 0.021051
Four 5-K 50 27.712264 77.712264 28,444,498,968 0.001427 0.069309
Full house 8 20.759434 28.759434 212,371,305,768 0.010654 0.191504
Flush 5 15.919811 20.919811 440,959,600,920 0.022122 0.289240
Straight 4 0.000000 4.000000 170,822,372,244 0.008570 0.021424
3 of a kind 2 0.000000 2.000000 1,310,211,815,976 0.065730 0.082163
Two pair 1 0.000000 1.000000 2,335,433,949,576 0.117163 0.073227
Jacks or better 1 0.000000 1.000000 3,517,243,679,520 0.176451 0.110282
Nothing 0 0.000000 0.000000 11,901,025,132,104 0.597044 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.967199

7-5 Triple Double Bonus

Hand Pays Bonus Total Win Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 27.712264 827.712264 443,592,816 0.000022 0.011512
Straight flush 50 27.712264 77.712264 3,169,087,788 0.000159 0.007722
Four aces + 2-4 800 27.712264 827.712264 1,199,899,176 0.000060 0.031141
Four 2-4 + A-4 400 27.712264 427.712264 3,353,644,476 0.000168 0.044975
Four aces + 5-K 160 27.712264 187.712264 2,318,846,208 0.000116 0.013648
Four 2-4 + 5-K 80 27.712264 107.712264 6,233,058,636 0.000313 0.021051
Four 5-K 50 27.712264 77.712264 28,444,534,056 0.001427 0.069309
Full house 7 20.759434 27.759434 212,371,120,008 0.010654 0.184845
Flush 5 15.919811 20.919811 440,962,261,416 0.022122 0.289242
Straight 4 0.000000 4.000000 170,824,479,588 0.008570 0.021425
3 of a kind 2 0.000000 2.000000 1,310,209,729,272 0.065730 0.082162
Two pair 1 0.000000 1.000000 2,335,431,776,184 0.117163 0.073227
Jacks or better 1 0.000000 1.000000 3,517,220,577,168 0.176450 0.110281
Nothing 0 0.000000 0.000000 11,901,047,910,408 0.597046 0.000000
Total 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.960540

The following table summarizes the return for each return table above, including the 5-coin return. You can see the return is always higher under the Spin Fever return, for any given game and pay table.

Return Summary

Game Pay Table 5-Coin Return Spin Fever Return
Jacks or Better 8-5 0.972984 0.975401
Jacks or Better 6-5 0.949961 0.961637
Bonus Poker Deluxe 8-6 0.984928 0.989254
Double Bonus 9-7 0.991065 0.996559
Double Double Bonus 9-6 0.989808 0.991544
Double Double Bonus 8-5 0.967861 0.971104
Double Double Bonus 7-5 0.957120 0.964382
Triple Double Bonus 9-6 0.953927 0.987713
Triple Double Bonus 8-5 0.959687 0.967199
Triple Double Bonus 7-5 0.949178 0.960540

Strategy

Any Spin Fever game would have a very unusual strategy. If you wish to use my video poker strategy maker, then you should use the 1-coin wins (based on a max-coin bet) plus add 15.92 the flush, 20.76 to the full house, and 27.71 to the four of a kind and higher.

I already ran the strategy for 8-5 Jacks or Better. Here are some of the oddities about this strategy.

  • Two suited low cards beats tossing everything.
  • Three to a flush sometimes beats a low pair and two to a royal.
  • Hold a suited low kicker with a single high card.
  • Four to a flush beats a pat straight.

If one were to use conventional video poker strategy in Spin Fever, then the cost due to errors would be about 7% of money bet.

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