STICKMAN’S STANCE: PLAYING LOOSE DEUCES VIDEO POKER
by Jerry "Stickman"
Jerry "Stickman" is an expert in craps, blackjack, video poker, and advantage slot machine play. Frank Scoblete’s and Jerry "Stickman’s" new book is "Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker." He is a regular contributor to top gaming magazines. You can contact Jerry "Stickman" firstname.lastname@example.org .
Last month in BJI, I reviewed several short-pay Deuces Wild video poker games. Of all wild card video poker games, the deuces wild category is by far the largest. Countless variations of pay tables provide a nearly limitless selection of deuces wild games for the video poker player. Helping to add to the popularity of deuces wild games are dozens of different cool sounding names such as Loose Deuces, Downtown Deuces, Big Split Poker Deuces Wild, Colorado Deuces, Airport Deuces, and Illinois Deuces. Even the term deuce is given the colloquial moniker of "duck." Rather than just call a short-pay schedule "a short-pay schedule" they have been given catchy nicknames; Not So Ugly Ducks and Ugly Ducks are examples. This month I will review three variations of "Loose Deuces" video poker.
Loose Deuces Poker
One particular form of Deuces Wild Poker is called Loose Deuces Poker. A slightly different natural royal flush pay, and a very large pay out for four deuces characterize this variation. Most video poker games pay 250-for-1 for a royal flush when the maximum of five credits are not inserted. Loose Deuces Poker pays 300-for-1. For the purposes of this article, it will not matter as all the strategy is based on the maximum five coins being played. The other major change for Loose Deuces Poker is the 500-for-1 pay rather than the standard 200-for-1 pay for four deuces. That does two things for this game – it increases the return to 100.97 percent and it increases the variance to a very high 70 from the normal 26 or so.
The complete pay table information is listed below.
Here is the simplified strategy for full-pay Loose Deuces Poker...
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