Deuces Wild video poker is one of the more popular versions of video poker.
To play, you place a bet and are then dealt 5 cards face up. You then have to
choose which cards you wish to keep and which cards you wish to discard. The aim
is to make up the best 5 card poker combination.
There is an added bonus to Deuces Wild video poker in the fact that all the
Twos (Deuces) act as Jokers - this basically means that you can use the Twos in
place of other cards to make up winning combinations.
All online casinos have a house edge. The trick is to play your video poker
as cleverly as possible in order to beat these odds. The first thing you need to
look out for is the pay table. If the pay table does not indicate that the
machine is full pay then you should look elsewhere.
The Deuces are the cards that will give you the most headaches. Of course you
should hope to be dealt these cards, but you need to know how to play these
cards to get maximum value.
Deuces Wild Video Poker Strategy:
- If you are dealt four Deuces then you may as well hold onto all your
cards - there is no way you can do better
- If you are dealt three Deuces then you can hold the three Deuces and any
cards that may lead you to a Royal Flush
- If you are dealt two Deuces then you should keep these if you have
another pair - you can also keep two extra cards that could lead to a Royal
- If you are dealt just one Deuce then you should keep this along with any
other cards that make up a winning hand - you can also keep three extra
cards that could lead to a Straight Flush or two extra cards that could lead
to a Royal Flush
- The next trick is to know which cards to hold and which to discard.
- Unlike Jacks or Better, you will never hold onto a single card (Jack,
Queen, King, Ace) unless it is a Deuce
- Under no circumstances will you discard a Deuce - even if you think you
are chasing a better hand\
- If you have a winning pair in your hand, you need to hand onto this -
discarding a pair to chase a hand like a Flush or a Straight is not a good
option according to the odds, even if the payout seems a lot more attractive
- This may seem odd, but holding onto a Two Pair is not considered good
play - you should discard the lower pair and then take three fresh cards
If you look at the pay table, establish that the machine is full pay, and
play according to the above strategy then you should be able to swing the
odds in your favour. Of course a bit of luck is also appreciated.