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Deuces Wild Video Poker Strategy

- February 7, 2019 By Riley Wilson -

Wild should always be kept in this Video Poker variant.

Wild should always be kept in this Video Poker variant.

Deuces Wild is one of the most popular video poker variants, played with a standard 52-card deck. The structure of the game is no different from other video poker variants and the objective is to beat the house (or, in this case, the machine) with the stronger hand. What distinguishes Deuces Wild from other video poker variants are the Wild Deuces, which can replace any other card and complete the hand.

Deuces Wild Basic Rules

Deuces Wild session starts with five cards, which the player can hold or discard. The selected cards remain on the screen, while the others are being replaced. To win, the player will need to land at least Three of a Kind; a Pair or a High card will not generate any payment on their own but can be held and combined with the new cards. As mentioned, Deuce is the Wild, which means that you should hold on to it since it can complete any winning hand.

Deuces Wild Strategy

The strategy of Deuces Wild will depend on the number of Deuces dealt in the first hand, and obviously, the rank of your original card combination. Clearly, Wild should always be kept, but if you land a hand with no Deuces, the following principles should be applied:

No Deuces
Hand What to do
5 low cards Discard all
King + 10/King + Jack/King + Queen Discard the rest of the cards
3 to a Straight Flush Discard the other 2 cards
4 to a Straight Discard the 5th card
Pair Keep the pair, discard the other 3 cards
2 Pairs Keep the pairs, discard the remaining card
4 to a Flush Discard the remaining card
3 to a Royal Flush Discard the remaining 2 cards
4 to a Straight Flush Discard the remaining card
3 of a Kind Discard the remaining 2 cards
Straight Keep all cards
Flush Keep all cards
Full House Keep all cards
4 of a Kind Discard the remaining, 5th card
Straight Flush Keep
4 Card Royal Flush Discard the remaining, 5th card
Royal Flush Rejoice!

 

With one Deuce in your hand, you will have something to fall back to:

1 Deuce
Hand What to do
1 Deuce + low cards Hold the Deuce, discard the rest
1 Deuce + 3 to a Straight Hold the Deuce and 3 to a straight, discard the remaining card
1 Deuce+ 2 to a Straight Flush Hold the Deuce and the 2 cards, discard the rest
1 Deuce+ 2 to a Royal Flush Hold the Deuce and the 2 to a Royal Flush, discard the rest
1 Deuce + 3 to Straight Flush Hold the Deuce and the 3 to a Straight Flush, discard the 5th card
1 Deuce + Pair Hold the Deuce and the pair, discard the rest
1 Deuce + 4 to a Flush Hold all
1 Deuce + 2 Pairs (Full House) Hold all
1 Deuce + 3 to a Royal Flush Hold the Deuce and 3 to a Royal Flush, discard the remaining card
1 Deuce + 3 of a Kind Hold the Deuce and 3 of a Kind, discard the remaining card
1 Deuce + 4 to a Straight Flush Hold all
1 Deuce + 4 of a Kind/5 of a Kind Hold all
1 Deuce + 4 to a Royal Flush Hold all

 

2 Deuces will give you additional leverage:

2 Deuces
Hand What to do
2 Deuces + low cards Hold the Wild cards and discard the rest
2 Deuces + 2 to Straight Flush Hold the Wild cards and 2 to a Straight Flush, discard the 5th card
2 Deuces + 2 to Royal Flush Hold the Wild cards and 2 to a Royal Flush, discard the 5th card
2 Deuces + Pair Hold the Wild cards and the pair, discard the remaining card
2 Deuces + 3 to a Straight Flush Hold all
2 Deuces + 3 of a Kind Hold all
2 Deuces + 3 to a Royal Flush (Royal Flush!) Hold all

 

The hand with 3 or even 4 Deuces is heaven-sent, providing an amazing combinatory potential:

3 & 4 Deuces
Hand What to do
3 Deuces + low cards Hold the Wild cards and discard the rest
3 Deuces + Pair Hold all, as this is 5 of a Kind
3 Deuces + 2 to Royal Flush Hold all
4 Deuces Hold all

 

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