STICKMAN'S STANCE: PLAYING DEUCES WILD (FULL-PAY, NSUD, AND UD) 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" book "Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker" presents dozens of video poker games and strategies for maximum returns He is a regular contributor to top gaming magazines You can contact Jerry "Stickman" atstickmanjerry@aolcom
Deuces wild video poker games are quite popular Some games will actually return more than 100 percent (although these are not easily found today), while others can pay very close to that return
Most video poker games pattern their pay tables and play after the early Jacks or Better style video poker games Deuces wild is quite different One reason is the fact that there are four wild cards - the 2s, or deuces Because of the large number of wild cards, paying hands have to be higher up the list than in non-wild card games or those with only one or two wild cards The lowest ranked paying hand in deuces wild is a three-of-a-kind This means that for deuces wild play, high cards are virtually meaningless Therefore, it doesn't matter whether the three-of-a-kind is composed of 3s, 7's, Kings or Aces because they all pay the same - one-for-one
Fully comprehending that high cards have no advantage over any other non-wild card is the biggest change to overcome when playing deuces wild It is very difficult to not save a lone ace or face card, but in deuces wild, they have no advantage However, the exception to that rule is suited high cards that could produce a royal flush
Once you get over the tendency to save high cards, playing deuces wild is quite simple and can be played at a fast rate (should you choose to play that way) Because of the power of the wild cards, the strategy charts are organized based on the number of wild cards (deuces) dealt The greater number of wild cards you are dealt, the less complicated the playing strategy
If you are dealt four deuces, you save them That is it for the strategy when dealt four deuces
If you are dealt three deuces, there are generally only three possible holds - a wild royal flush, five-of-a-kind, or three deuces
If you are dealt two deuces, there are a few more options
If dealt one deuces, there are several options
If dealt no deuces, there are quite a few lines in the strategy charts
This article presents the strategies for three standard deuces wild games They :
Unlike Jacks or Better based video poker where generally only a couple of lines in the pay table change, the pay tables for deuces wild can see many different lines of the pay table change The complete pay table for these three games is below along with the percentage of total return for each paying hand A condensed strategy for each game follows In these strategy charts, multiple lines are combined into one line (when possible with zero or negligible change to the return) in order to reduce the total lines in the strategy
FULL-PAY DEUCES WILD - 10076 RETURN, 258 VARIANCE
Full-pay Deuces Wild Poker is the name commonly given to a 25/15/9/5 pay table These numbers correspond to the pays for the wild royal flush (25-for-1), the 5-of-a-kind (15-for-1), the straight flush (9-for-1) and the 4-of-a-kind (5-for-1) Here is the complete pay table information for full-pay Deuces Wild Poker
Deuces Wild Poker has two jackpot sized pays - the royal flush with no deuces and four deuces Because there are only two and the lower one is only 200-for-1, the variance is fairly low
Here is the strategy chart for Deuces Wild Poker...
...enter your member login information below to read this article/newsletter...
Paid Members-Only Article
You have clicked on a link to a Blackjack Insider web page or article for paid subscribers. You must have a paid membership to the Blackjack Insider newsletter to view this content. About 1/2 of the articles in each issue of the Blackjack Insider are for paid members only, while the rest are viewable by everyone. Your purchased membership will allow you to read all Blackjack Insider articles for 12 months.
Enter your user name and password below (they were listed and e-mailed to you after you purchased your Blackjack Insider membership):
Forgot your membership id or password? Click here.
How do I get a membership?
A membership can be purchased online at our secure store with your credit card for only $19.95 per year. You will receive a user name and password immediately by e-mail which you can use to read the all past and future members-only articles for 12 months, as well as the regular free articles.
Do I have to buy a membership?
No. Blackjack Insider will continue to be published as a free monthly e-newsletter. But about 1/2 of the articles each month will be for paid members only. Subscribers without a membership can still view and read the non-members articles for free.
What happens after I buy a membership?
Immediately after you complete your purchase, you will receive a unique login user name and password. These are displayed on the final purchase page, and are e-mailed to you. When you click on a members-only article in our web site, you will be prompted for this user name and password (as shown above). Simply enter them, and enjoy the article! Note: make sure you turn on the checkbox above when you login, to save the user name and password so that you don't have to re-enter them every time you view members-only articles.
Why did you switch to paid memberships?
Blackjack Insider is a professional monthly publication with top-notch articles by world-reknown gaming experts. In addition, we have regular reporters that monitor game conditions and tournament schedules throughout North America. We use a partially paid subscriber model to enable us to continue getting the best content for our readers from leading authors on blackjack and gaming.
©2015, DeepNet Technologies. No material to be copied without express permission of DeepNet Technologies.