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Last Updated: March 2, 2015

Super Look Ahead Poker

Introduction





Any legitimate professional gambler, or cheat, can tell you if you know the next card to be dealt, it gives the player a powerful advantage. This is exactly what you're told in Super Look Ahead Poker. After the deal, the game tells you the next card to be dealt. You can either accept it or burn it. Unfortunately, IGT is not so foolish that they give this information for free. It costs three more coins on top of the usual five, which also pays to bump up the pay table a bit. Below are the complete rules.

Rules



  1. The game is based on standard single-play video poker rules, except as noted.
  2. The player may play normally, betting one to five coins, or may bet eight coins to invoke the Look Ahead feature.
  3. The wager must be made before the deal.
  4. If the Look Ahead feature is active, then after the deal, the game will reveal the next card to be dealt.
  5. The player may then touch that card to designate that he wants it to be the next card.
  6. The player will also indicate which cards he wishes to hold, as usual.
  7. If the player chooses to keep the next card, then it will be the first card given to the player on the draw.
  8. If the player chooses to decline the next card, then it will be burned and may not be given to the player on the deal.
  9. In addition to the extra three coins paying for the Look Ahead feature, it also bumps up the pay table on some of the hands.


Example





After betting eight coins, here is the hand I was given on the deal. The little nine of spades on the left is the next card in the deck, which I can accept or reject.



I choose to hold the two aces and the nine of hearts. I also choose to accept the nine of spades as the next card, which will give me at least a two pair on the draw, and maybe a full house.



As promised, the game replaced the first discard, the four of clubs with the nine of spades. Unfortunately, the next card didn't give me a full house, so I was paid for a two pair.

A reader questioned my decision to hold the two pair, suggesting that maybe holding the aces only would be better. I did the calculations and the expected value of holding the two pair is 13.04 coins, while the aces alone is 7.81.

Using my video poker hand analyzer will not give the correct numbers because after the Look Ahead card, you're drawing into a 46-card deck, not 47.

Games and Pay Tables



After I already completed my analysis of six pay tables found at the Rampart Casino in Las Vegas, IGT kindly provided me a list of all games and pay tables that Super Look Ahead Poker is available in. Thankfully, my results agreed.

The returns indicated in the following tables are based on a full eight-coin bet.

Bonus Poker

BONUS POKER 99.47% 98.25% 96.17% 94.76%
ROYAL FLUSH 800 800 800 800
STRAIGHT FLUSH 75 100 70 50
FOUR ACES 100 100 100 100
FOUR 2's, 3's, 4's 60 60 60 60
FOUR 5's THROUGH K's 30 30 30 30
FULL HOUSE 10 9 8 11
FLUSH 6 6 6 9
STRAIGHT 5 5 5 5
THREE OF A KIND 3 3 3 3
TWO PAIR 2 2 2 1
JACKS OR BETTER 1 1 1 1


Bonus Poker Deluxe

BONUS POKER DELUXE 99.80% 98.68% 97.78% 96.52% 95.64%
ROYAL FLUSH 800 800 800 800 800
STRAIGHT FLUSH 110 110 150 75 120
FOUR OF A KIND 95 90 90 90 90
FULL HOUSE 10 10 10 9 8
FLUSH 6 6 5 6 6
STRAIGHT 5 5 5 5 5
THREE OF A KIND 3 3 3 3 3
TWO PAIR 1 1 1 1 1
JACKS OR BETTER 1 1 1 1 1


Deuces Wild

DEUCES WILD 99.15% 97.77% 97.40% 97.18% 96.38% 95.30%
ROYAL FLUSH NO DEUCES 800 800 800 800 800 800
FOUR DEUCES 200 200 210 200 200 270
ROYAL FLUSH WITH DEUCE 30 30 30 30 30 30
FIVE OF A KIND 20 15 15 23 14 20
STRAIGHT FLUSH 10 11 10 14 9 11
FOUR OF A KIND 5 5 5 5 5 5
FULL HOUSE 4 4 4 3 4 3
FLUSH 3 3 3 2 3 2
STRAIGHT 2 2 2 2 2 2
THREE OF A KIND 1 1 1 1 1 1


Deuces Wild Bonus Poker

DEUCES WILD BONUS POKER 99.92% 99.28% 97.71% 96.44% 95.71%
ROYAL FLUSH NO DEUCES 800 800 800 800 800
FOUR DEUCES + ONE ACE 400 400 400 400 400
FOUR DEUCES 230 260 260 270 290
ROYAL FLUSH WITH DEUCE 30 30 30 30 30
FIVE ACES 80 80 80 80 80
FIVE 3's, 4's, 5's 40 40 40 40 40
FIVE 6's THROUGH K's 20 20 20 20 20
STRAIGHT FLUSH 10 14 11 13 11
FOUR OF A KIND 5 5 5 5 5
FULL HOUSE 4 3 3 3 3
FLUSH 3 3 3 2 2
STRAIGHT 1 1 1 1 1
THREE OF A KIND 1 1 1 1 1


Double Bonus

DOUBLE BONUS POKER 99.40% 98.02% 96.56% 94.34%
ROYAL FLUSH 800 800 800 800
STRAIGHT FLUSH 100 120 140 100
FOUR ACES 200 200 200 200
FOUR 2's, 3's, 4's 120 120 120 120
FOUR 5's THROUGH K's 60 60 60 60
FULL HOUSE 10 10 10 9
FLUSH 7 6 6 6
STRAIGHT 5 5 4 4
THREE OF A KIND 3 3 3 3
TWO PAIR 1 1 1 1
JACKS OR BETTER 1 1 1 1


Double Double Bonus

DOUBLE DOUBLE BONUS POKER 99.42% 98.32% 97.21% 96.18% 95.07%
ROYAL FLUSH 800 800 800 800 800
STRAIGHT FLUSH 100 130 150 170 110
FOUR A's + ANY 2, 3 OR 4 400 400 400 400 400
FOUR 2's,3's,4's + ANY A,2,3,4 200 200 200 200 200
FOUR ACES 200 200 200 200 200
FOUR 2's, 3's, 4's 100 100 100 100 100
FOUR 5's THROUGH K's 70 70 70 70 70
FULL HOUSE 10 10 9 8 8
FLUSH 6 5 5 5 5
STRAIGHT 4 4 4 4 4
THREE OF A KIND 3 3 3 3 3
TWO PAIR 1 1 1 1 1
JACKS OR BETTER 1 1 1 1 1


Jacks or Better

JACKS OR BETTER 99.84% 98.68% 97.41% 96.36% 95.31%
ROYAL FLUSH 800 800 800 800 800
STRAIGHT FLUSH 160 100 120 150 120
FOUR OF A KIND 30 30 30 30 35
FULL HOUSE 10 11 10 9 8
FLUSH 7 6 6 6 6
STRAIGHT 5 5 5 5 5
THREE OF A KIND 3 3 3 3 3
TWO PAIR 2 2 2 2 2
JACKS OR BETTER 1 1 1 1 1


Triple Double Bonus

TRIPLE DOUBLE BONUS POKER 99.95% 98.70% 97.56% 96.46% 95.56%
ROYAL FLUSH 800 800 800 800 800
STRAIGHT FLUSH 80 70 100 70 50
FOUR A's + ANY 2, 3 OR 4 800 800 800 800 800
FOUR 2's,3's,4's + ANY A,2,3,4 400 400 400 400 400
FOUR ACES 200 200 200 200 200
FOUR 2's, 3's, 4's 100 100 100 100 100
FOUR 5's THROUGH K's 55 60 60 65 70
FULL HOUSE 10 10 10 9 8
FLUSH 7 6 5 5 5
STRAIGHT 4 4 4 4 4
THREE OF A KIND 2 2 2 2 2
TWO PAIR 1 1 1 1 1
JACKS OR BETTER 1 1 1 1 1


Rampart Games

The following table shows the games and pay tables available at the Rampart casino in Las Vegas. These are mostly the ones I observed at the $1 denomination at the Rampart casino. The table shows the win per coin, based on five coins bet, as well as the eight coins bet in Look Ahead mode. The wins in Look Ahead mode are multiplied by five. The other three coins are a fee for the feature and are never returned.

Known Pay Tables

Base Game Five Coins Bet Eight Coins Bet
Bonus Deuces 1-1-3-3-4-10-20-40-80-25-200-400-800 1-1-3-3-5-11-20-40-80-30-260-400-800
Bonus Poker 1-2-3-4-5-6-25-40-80-50-800 1-2-3-5-6-8-30-60-100-120-800
Bonus Poker Deluxe 1-1-3-4-5-8-80-50-800 1-1-3-5-5-10-90-150-800
Deuces Wild 1-2-3-4-4-9-12-20-200-800 1-2-3-4-5-10-15-30-210-800
Double Bonus 1-1-3-5-6-9-50-80-160-50-800 1-1-3-5-6-10-60-120-200-120-800
Double Double Bonus 1-1-3-4-5-8-50-80-160-160-400-50-800 1-1-3-4-5-9-70-100-200-200-400-150-800
Jacks or Better 1-2-3-4-5-7-25-50-800 1-2-3-5-6-9-30-150-800
Jacks or Better 1-2-3-4-5-8-25-50-800 1-2-3-5-6-10-30-120-800


Analysis

It takes my computer three days to run through all the combinations for any given pay table, on a single core, so forgive me for the small number of pay tables analyzed for this game. As always, these tables assume optimal player strategy.

In these tables, the return is the product of the win, probability, and 5/8. The reason for multiplying by 5/8 is that the player must bet eight coins, but the win is only five times as much as the "pay" indicates.

This first pay table was seen on a $1 machine at the Rampart casino in Las Vegas. The lower right cell shows a return of 97.21%. It is paired with the standard "8-5" pay table for one to five coins bet, which returns 96.79%. So, the return is 0.42% higher for making the maximum eight coin bet, for this game at least.

9-5-4 Double Double Bonus

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 87,974,754,408 0.000053 0.026271
Straight flush 150 511,450,150,320 0.000305 0.028636
Four aces + 2-4 400 191,693,040,912 0.000114 0.028621
Four 2-4 + A-4 200 435,357,510,696 0.000260 0.032501
Four aces + 5-K 200 453,386,164,320 0.000271 0.033847
Four 2-4 100 927,656,831,448 0.000554 0.034627
Four 5-K 70 4,130,590,654,512 0.002467 0.107928
Full house 9 39,822,764,850,144 0.023783 0.133782
Flush 5 43,666,000,676,280 0.026079 0.081496
Straight 4 44,756,833,216,392 0.026730 0.066826
Three of a kind 3 150,797,450,143,008 0.090061 0.168864
Two pair 1 298,078,596,633,312 0.178022 0.111264
Jacks or better 1 314,575,758,077,112 0.187875 0.117422
Nothing 0 775,955,850,741,936 0.463426 0.000000
Total 1,674,391,363,444,800 1.000000 0.972084


This second pay table was seen on a $1 machine at the Rampart casino in Las Vegas. The lower right cell shows a return of 97.40%. It is paired with the standard "20-12-9-4" pay table for one to five coins bet, which returns 97.06%. So, the return is 0.34% higher for making the maximum eight coin bet, for this game at least.

30-15-10-5-4-3-2 Deuces Wild

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 83,918,830,752 0.000050 0.025060
Four deuces 210 461,394,275,328 0.000276 0.036167
Wild royal flush 30 6,199,475,041,824 0.003703 0.069422
Five of a kind 15 9,469,688,280,192 0.005656 0.053021
Straight flush 10 13,584,349,973,400 0.008113 0.050706
Four of a kind 5 140,427,624,551,424 0.083868 0.262087
Full house 4 91,740,005,743,392 0.054790 0.136975
Flush 3 68,060,026,344,744 0.040648 0.076214
Straight 2 135,383,947,846,632 0.080856 0.101070
Three of a kind 1 437,313,146,108,112 0.261177 0.163236
Nothing 0 771,667,786,449,000 0.460865 0.000000
Total 1,674,391,363,444,800 1.000000 0.973958


This third pay table was seen on a $1 machine at the Rampart casino in Las Vegas. The lower right cell shows a return of 97.41%. It is paired with the standard "8-5" pay table for one to five coins bet, which returns 97.30%. So, the return is 0.11% higher for making the maximum eight coin bet, for this game at least.

120-30-10-6 Jacks or Better

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 87,215,339,304 0.000052 0.026044
Straight flush 120 479,009,969,424 0.000286 0.021456
Four of a kind 30 5,907,654,412,128 0.003528 0.066154
Full house 10 42,952,393,437,984 0.025653 0.160328
Flush 6 43,142,933,475,144 0.025766 0.096624
Straight 5 53,810,214,093,000 0.032137 0.100429
Three of a kind 3 142,049,396,498,112 0.084836 0.159068
Two pair 2 316,361,572,029,504 0.188941 0.236177
Jacks or better 1 288,962,118,973,584 0.172577 0.107861
Nothing 0 780,638,855,216,616 0.466222 0.000000
Total 1,674,391,363,444,800 1.000000 0.974141


This fourth pay table is for a Bonus Poker game seen on a $1 machine at the Rampart casino in Las Vegas. The lower right cell shows a return of 96.98%. It is paired with the standard "6-5" pay table for one to five coins bet, which returns 96.87%. So, the return is 0.11% higher for making the maximum eight coin bet, for this game at least.

120-100-60-30-8-6-5 Bonus Poker

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 87,161,846,904 0.000052 0.026028
Straight flush 120 476,464,571,136 0.000285 0.021342
Four aces 100 485,617,017,312 0.000290 0.018127
Four 2-4 60 1,358,845,897,248 0.000812 0.030433
Four 5-K 30 4,084,216,353,504 0.002439 0.045735
Four 5-K 8 43,027,630,882,848 0.025697 0.128487
Flush 6 43,115,409,755,352 0.025750 0.096562
Straight 5 52,517,457,440,136 0.031365 0.098016
Three of a kind 3 142,912,752,207,264 0.085352 0.160035
Two pair 2 317,563,998,665,184 0.189659 0.237074
Jacks or better 1 289,321,314,676,128 0.172792 0.107995
Nothing 0 779,440,494,131,784 0.465507 0.000000
Total 1,674,391,363,444,800 1.000000 0.969835


This fourth pay table is for a Bonus Poker Deluxe game seen on a $1 machine at the Rampart casino in Las Vegas. The lower right cell shows a return of 97.78%. It is paired with the standard "6-5" pay table for one to five coins bet, which returns 95.36%. So, the return is 2.42% higher for making the maximum eight coin bet, for this game at least.

120-100-60-30-8-6-5 Bonus Poker

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 86,187,628,008 0.000051 0.025737
Straight flush 150 487,101,302,928 0.000291 0.027273
Four of a kind 90 5,964,527,372,832 0.003562 0.200374
Full house 10 43,148,140,961,760 0.025769 0.161059
Flush 5 42,998,298,155,208 0.025680 0.080250
Straight 5 50,806,022,851,656 0.030343 0.094822
Three of a kind 3 144,253,932,209,280 0.086153 0.161537
Two pair 1 319,221,563,756,544 0.190649 0.119156
Jacks or better 1 288,125,881,337,448 0.172078 0.107549
Nothing 0 779,299,707,869,136 0.465423 0.000000
Total 1,674,391,363,444,800 1.000000 0.977756


This fifth pay table is for a Double Bonus Poker game seen on a $1 machine at the Rampart casino in Las Vegas. The lower right cell shows a return of 98.02%. It is paired with the standard "9-6-5" pay table for one to five coins bet, which returns 97.81%. So, the return is 0.21% higher for making the maximum eight coin bet, for this game at least.

120-200-120-60-10-6-5 Double Bonus Poker

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 87,903,486,864 0.000052 0.026249
Straight flush 120 477,063,459,576 0.000285 0.021369
Four aces 200 634,588,268,832 0.000379 0.047375
Four 2-4 120 1,360,769,140,080 0.000813 0.060952
Four 5-K 60 4,074,588,838,656 0.002433 0.091255
Four 5-K 10 39,551,726,324,304 0.023622 0.147635
Flush 6 43,230,099,657,240 0.025818 0.096819
Straight 5 53,380,897,565,688 0.031881 0.099627
Three of a kind 3 147,488,441,293,440 0.088085 0.165159
Two pair 1 292,704,495,261,408 0.174812 0.109258
Jacks or better 1 306,800,841,320,568 0.183231 0.114520
Nothing 0 784,599,948,828,144 0.468588 0.000000
Total 1,674,391,363,444,800 1.000000 0.980218


This sixth pay table is for a Bonus Deuces Wild game seen on a $1 machine at the Rampart casino in Las Vegas. The lower right cell shows a return of 97.71%. It is paired with the standard "9-6-5" pay table for one to five coins bet, which returns 97.36%. So, the return is 0.35% higher for making the maximum eight coin bet, for this game at least.

260-30-80-40-20-11-5 Bonus Deuces Wild

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 86,762,530,944 0.000052 0.025909
Four deuces plus ace 400 79,406,139,840 0.000047 0.011856
Four deuces 260 334,897,167,648 0.000200 0.032502
Wild royal flush 30 6,704,794,633,056 0.004004 0.075081
Five aces 80 1,085,585,492,160 0.000648 0.032417
Five 3-5 40 2,731,647,700,512 0.001631 0.040786
Five 6-K 20 6,901,784,407,584 0.004122 0.051525
Straight flush 11 12,742,735,506,936 0.007610 0.052321
Four of a kind 5 150,279,034,967,232 0.089751 0.280473
Full house 3 72,815,935,161,312 0.043488 0.081540
Flush 3 70,269,531,218,856 0.041967 0.078689
Straight 1 62,500,654,811,304 0.037327 0.023330
Three of a kind 1 510,726,200,146,128 0.305022 0.190639
Nothing 0 777,132,393,561,288 0.464128 0.000000
Total 1,674,391,363,444,800 1.000000 0.977066


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

Summary

Game Pay Table Return
Bonus Deuces 1-1-3-3-5-11-20-40-80-30-260-400-800 97.71%
Bonus Poker 1-2-3-5-6-8-30-60-100-120-800 96.98%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 1-1-3-5-5-10-90-150-800 97.78%
Deuces Wild 1-2-3-4-5-10-15-30-210-800 97.40%
Double Bonus 1-1-3-5-6-10-60-120-200-120-800 98.02%
Double Double Bonus 1-1-3-4-5-9-70-100-200-200-400-150-800 97.21%
Jacks or Better 1-2-3-5-6-10-30-120-800 97.41%


Strategy

Sorry, you're on your own with that.

Comparison to Look Ahead Poker



There is a similar game called Look Ahead Poker. The only differences are:

  • In Super Look Ahead Poker the player may decline the Look Ahead card. In Look Ahead Poker, he is forced to accept it.
  • In Super Look Ahead Poker the player must pay three extra coins for the Look Ahead feature, as opposed to two in Look Ahead Poker.

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