Deuces Wild Video Poker

Deuces Wild video poker is the most popular variation of video poker. In Deuces Wild, all four deuces (2s) are wild cards. If you get all four deuces, you’ve won a mini-jackpot – on a full pay machine, 1000 coins. Getting a royal flush is the only thing that beats this, with a payoff of 4000 coins.

Unlike in many other video poker games, a Deuces Wild machine doesn’t pay out for any pair or even for two pair. The lowest paying combination in a hand is three-of-a-kind.

Strategies for Playing Deuces Wild Video Poker

The strategies for playing Deuces Wild depend largely on how many deuces you’re dealt. For example, if you’re dealt four deuces at the outset, it’s best to hold all five of your cards to prevent making any silly errors – given that you already qualify for a large payback.

If you’re dealt three deuces, you should break them only for a wild royal flush or five-of-a-kind.

If you’re dealt two deuces, it’s worth going only for four-of-a-kind or better, or any suited 6-7, 7-8, 8-9 or 9-10.

If you’ve got one deuce, you should go for any made pay, with some exceptions. It’s worth drawing cards in this case for

  • a four-card royal or straight flush
  • any three suited cards from 5-6-7 up to 9-10-J
  • a three-card royal flush without an ace
  • any two suited cards, from 6-7 up to 9-10

Never accidentally choose to discard a deuce!

If you’re not dealt any deuces, you should hold any cards that already qualify for a payback, but consider drawing cards if you have a good chance at a four-card royal or straight flush, or a three-card royal flush. You should also draw if you’ve got one pair (if you’ve got two pairs, discard one pair), a suited J-10, Q-10 or Q-J, or any four-card straight other than A-3-4-5. If you haven’t been dealt a payable hand, redraw all five cards.