Super Times Pay Super Stacks

Introduction

Super Times Pay Super Stacks is a video poker variant by Action Gaming. As usual with Action Gaming products, it is an optional feature places on top of multi-play games available in 3-play, 5-play, and 10-play.

Rules

Super Times Pay Super Stacks may be played as conventional multi-play video poker if betting one to five coins per hand. The player has the option to bet ten coins per hand to invoke the feature. If the feature is invoked, then randomly, some hands will randomly get both a multiplier and extra hands. When the feature is activiated, the player is shown at the same time as the deal.

The probability of getting the feature with ten coins bet per hand is 1/11.

When the feature is activated, the average multiplier is 4.06.

In three-play mode, when the feature is activated, the average additional hands is six with a maximum of nine extra hands.

In five-play mode, when the feature is activated, the average additional hands is ten with a maximum of 16 extra hands.

In ten-play mode, when the feature is activated, the average additional hands is 20 with a maximum of 30 extra hands.

Example

In the image above, I was playing 3-play Bonus Poker. The feature was enabled, which granted me a 3x multiplier and 8 extra hands, for a total of 11 hands. I would choose to hold the pair of 8's.

The next image shows the my original three hands. Two of them improved to a three of a kind, which has a base win of 3 for 1.

The next image shows the first five of my eight extra hands. The middle hand improved to four 8's, which has a base win of 25 for 1.

The final image shows the last of my three extra hands. None of these improved.

With two three of a kinds and one four of a kind (in 5's to K's), my base win is 2×3 + 25 = 31 per coin bet per hand (not including the fee to pay for the feature). With wins based on five coins bet per hand and a multiplier of 3x, my total win for this game is 31 × 5 × 3 = 465. You can see this in the window in the lower right of the second image.

Strategy

The strategy is the same as that of conventional video poker.

Analysis

The math for the feature is easy to calculate if the base game return is known. One in 11 hands the player will get a multiplier of 4.06 and get three times the usual number of hands.

If r is the base return of the game, then the expected win when playing the full ten credits per hand is r * ((10/11) + (1/11)*4.06*3) = 2.0164.

However, the player must double his bet to invoke the feature, making the return relative to his bet r*(2.0164/2) = r*(1109/1100) = 1.008181818*r

In other words, whatever the base return of the game is, multiply that by 1.0082 to get the return with the feature.

Return Tables

The following table shows the return for various games and pay tables for both 5-coin and 10-coin bets. I do not claim Action Gaming offers all these pay tables.

Super Times Pay Super Stacks Return Table

Game Pay Table 5-Coin Return 10-Coin Return
Jacks or Better 9-6 99.54% 100.36%
Jacks or Better 9-5 98.45% 99.26%
Jacks or Better 8-6 98.39% 99.20%
Jacks or Better 8-5 97.30% 98.09%
Jacks or Better 7-5 96.15% 96.93%
Jacks or Better 6-5 95.00% 95.77%
Bonus Poker 8-5 99.17% 99.98%
Bonus Poker 7-5 98.01% 98.82%
Bonus Poker 6-5 96.87% 97.66%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 9-6 99.64% 100.46%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 9-5 98.55% 99.36%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 8-6 98.49% 99.30%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 8-5 97.40% 98.20%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 7-5 96.25% 97.04%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 6-5 95.36% 96.14%
Double Bonus 9/7/5 99.11% 99.92%
Double Bonus 9/6/5 97.81% 98.61%
Double Bonus 10/6/4 97.46% 98.26%
Double Bonus 9/6/4 96.38% 97.16%
Double Bonus 9/5/4 95.27% 96.05%
Double Double Bonus 9-6 98.98% 99.79%
Double Double Bonus 9-5 97.87% 98.67%
Double Double Bonus 8-5 96.79% 97.58%
Double Double Bonus 7-5 95.71% 96.50%
Triple Double Bonus 9-6 98.15% 98.96%
Triple Double Bonus 9-5 97.02% 97.81%
Triple Double Bonus 8-6 97.11% 97.90%
Triple Double Bonus 8-5 95.97% 96.75%
Triple Double Bonus 7-5 94.92% 95.69%
Triple Triple Bonus 9-6 99.75% 100.57%
Triple Triple Bonus 9-5 98.61% 99.42%
Triple Triple Bonus 8-5 97.55% 98.35%
Triple Triple Bonus 7-5 96.49% 97.28%
Triple Triple Bonus 6-5 95.44% 96.22%
Joker Poker 50/17/7/5 98.09% 98.89%
Joker Poker 50/16/7/5 97.23% 98.03%
Joker Poker 50/15/7/5 96.38% 97.17%
Joker Poker 40/20/5/4 95.46% 96.24%
Deuces Wild 25/15/10/4/4/3 99.42% 100.23%
Deuces Wild 25/15/9/4/4/3 98.91% 99.72%
Deuces Wild 20/12/10/4/4/3 97.58% 98.38%
Deuces Wild 25/16/13/4/3/2 97.09% 97.88%
Deuces Wild 20/10/8/4/4/3 95.96% 96.75%
Deuces Wild Bonus 9/4/4/3 99.45% 100.26%
Deuces Wild Bonus 8/4/4/3 99.06% 99.87%
Deuces Wild Bonus 7/4/4/3 98.69% 99.49%
Deuces Wild Bonus 13/4/3/3 98.80% 99.61%
Deuces Wild Bonus 10/4/3/3 97.36% 98.16%
Deuces Wild Bonus 12/4/3/2 96.22% 97.01%
Deuces Wild Bonus 11/4/3/2 95.76% 96.55%
Deuces Wild Bonus 10/4/3/2 95.34% 96.12%