Double Bonus Poker is a variation of Pai Gow Poker that features two additional hands where the player can win twice the amount of the regular hand. The hands are called “bonus hands.
” The game is played with a standard 52-card deck and follows the same rules as regular Pai Gow poker. The object of the game is to form combinations of cards to achieve specific poker hands.
In a standard poker hand, the five cards dealt from the deck are placed face down in front of the player. These five cards are also used to make all future hands, including bonus hands. There are four types of poker hands in Double Bonus Poker: royal flush, straight, flush, and full house. A royal flush is a hand containing five cards of the same rank, such as two kings, two queens, and a jack or two jacks, two tens, and a ten.
A straight is a hand containing four cards of consecutive rank, such as two sevens, two sixes, and a five card straight. A flush is a hand containing three cards of the same suit, such as two pairs of queens or two tens. And finally, a full house is made up of three cards from one suit and two cards from another suit.
In order to win in a bonus hand, players must achieve one of the following poker hands: royal flush (five cards of the same rank), straight (four cards of consecutive rank), flush (three cards of the same suit), or full house (three cards from one suit and two cards from another). If players achieve any other type of poker hand, they will not win any additional money in that bonus hand.
For example, if a player has an Ace high straight and receives an additional card to make their straightflush (A7), they would still only win $2 for that bonus hand since their original straight was not enough to qualify for a royal flush. .
As with regular Pai Gow poker, there are numerous ways to try to achieve one of these bonus hands – by coming up with specific combinations of card values or by bluffing (i.e., pretending to have a different type of hand than what you actually have).
Bluffing can be especially important in Double Bonus Poker because it can give players an edge over their opponents who may be more conservative with their bets.
Overall, Double Bonus Poker is an enjoyable variation on Pai Gow poker that offers some opportunities for financial gain should players be able to bluff their opponents into believing they have better hands than they actually do.