Deuces Wild Video Poker

About Deuces Wild

In Deuces Wild all 2’s are jokers and they can take a value of any card to complete highest possible combination.  These wild cards have a big effect on hand probabilities and therefore the payouts are different than in regular Jacks or Better.

Paytable

The most common Deuces Wild paytable is shown below. With this paytable the game has 98.91% return or 1.09% house edge. Notice that the lowest paying hand is three of a kind.

Hand Payout Probability Return ODDS 1 in … CUMULATIVE ODDS 1 in …
Natural Royal flush 800 0.00230 % 1.84% 43478.26 43478.26
Four Deces 200 0.01870 % 3.74% 5347.59 4761.90
Wild Royal Flush 25 0.19120 % 4.78% 523.01 471.25
Five of a kind 15 0.31200 % 4.68% 320.51 190.77
Straight Flush 9 0.49350 % 4.44% 202.63 98.26
Four of a kind 4 6.13020 % 24.52% 16.31 13.99
Full House 4 2.61890 % 10.48% 38.18 10.24
Flush 3 2.04480 % 6.13% 48.90 8.47
Straight 2 5.74800 % 11.50% 17.40 5.69
3 of a kind 1 26.80150 % 26.80% 3.73 2.25
Nothing 0 55.63890 % 0.00% 1.80 1.00
Total   100.00% 98.910 % 1.00  

The “Payout” shows the payout in terms of how many times the total bet is returned. The “Probability” column shows the probability of getting this hand and the “Return” column shows how much of total return this hand represents from the total return. For example we see that 24.5 % of total return comes from Four of a kind. The first “Odds” column shows how many hands it takes on average to get that payout. We see that it takes ~5350 hands played on average to get Four Deuces. The second “Odds” column shows how many hands it takes on average to get at least that payout. So on average it takes ~14 hands to get a Four of a Kind or better hand and ~190 hands to get Five of Kind or better hand.

Deuces Wild Optimal Strategy and Rule Variations

With optimal strategy Deuces Wild with above paytable returns 98.91 % (1.09 % house edge). The simplified optimal strategy for most common softwares is listed in the table below:

Choose a play that is highest on the list according to how many deuces you are dealt. Redraw other cards in your hand. This strategy applies to paytables which pay 20-25xbet on Wild Royal Flush, 4xon Full House and 3xon Flush (Playtech, Boss Media, Cryptologic, RTG and a few others). For Microgaming, Rival and multihand Chartwell, which softwares use 45-3-2 paytable instead, see the modifications in strategy below the each table.

0 DEUCES
1 Royal Flush
2 4 to a Royal Flush
3 Straight flush, 4 of a kind, full house, flush, straight, 3 of a kind
4 4 to a Straight Flush
5 3 to a Royal Flush
6 4 to a flush
7 Two pair
8 One pair
9 3 to a Straight Flush, 0 gaps
10 4 to a Straight: 0 gaps (=open-ended straight draw)
11 3 to a Straight Flush: 1 or 2 gaps (excluding Ace-Low), suited 345, suited 456
12 Suited TJ, TQ, JQ
13 4 to an inside-straight
14 Suited KQ,KJ,KT
15 3 to a Straight Flush with Ace low
16 Replace everything
   
For 45-3-2 paytable: "Two Pair" disappears from the table (One Pair is better to hold) and "4 to a flush" drops under "One Pair". Also "Suited KQ, KJ, KT" goes higher in ranks to above of "4 to an inside straight" and "Other 2 for a Royal Flush" is better than a redraw.
   
1 DEUCE
1 Wild Royal, 5 of a kind, Straigth Flush, 4 of a kind, Full House
2 4 to a Royal Flush
3 Flush
4 4 to a Straight flush: 0 or 1 gap excluding Ace-Low
5 Straight
6 3 of a kind
7 4 to a Straight flush: 2 gaps or Ace-low
8 3 to a Royal: J-K high
9 3 to a Straight flush: 0 gaps (67 to 9T)
10 3 to a Royal: Ace high
11 3 to a Straight flush: 1 gap (57 to 9J), suited 45
12 4 to a straight: 0 gaps (567 to TJQ)
13 Keep deuce only
   
For 45-3-2 paytable: "4 to a straight disappears" and "4 to a Straight Flush" is better than "3 of a kind"
   
2 DEUCES
1 Wild Royal Flush, 5 of a kind, Straight Flush
2 4 of a kind
3 4 to Royal Flush
4 4 to a Straight flush: 0 or 1 gap
5 Keep 2 deuces only
   
For 45-3-2 paytable: Switch ranks of options 2 and 3
   
3 DEUCES
1 Wild royal or 5 of a kind
2 Keep 3 deuces only
   
For 45-3-2 paytable: "5 of a kind" disappears
   
4 DEUCES
1 Keep 4 Deuces

Definitions:
gap – missing rank between cards, for example 6,8,10 has two gaps
inside-straight – a straight which can be completed only one way (eg. 7,8,9,J or A,2,3,4)

Deuces Wild House Edge and Variance

As mentioned above the return of most common Deuces Wild paytable is 98.91%. There are some Deuces Wild variations with improved paytables such as 99.73% return offered by Grand Virtual casinos. The standard deviation per hand in Deuces Wild is 5.92. This is somewhat higher than Jacks or Better (4.42) so there are larger swings when completing the playthrough on Deuces Wild.

Deuces Wild Introduction Video