Walk on the Wild side!

Dec 2, 2002 10:11 PM

   Playing video poker with wild cards have always been fun. More importantly, some of the games are very beneficial to players.

   For instance, there are some versions of Deuces Wild poker that pay back at or near 100 percent of the coins in.

   Moreover, most of the multi-game poker machines (three-, five- and 10-games or more machines) feature Deuces Wild poker, so players’ chances are multiplied.

   Here is a sound, basic strategy, compiled by experts, on how to play Deuces Wild, as well as Joker Wild video poker.

   Playing Deuces Wild can be a lot of fun because of the four wild cards circulating throughout the deck. When the deuces turn up, straight flushes, five of a kinds and even royal flushes become commonplace.

   Because the deuces are so important, playing strategy is evaluated according to the number of deuces dealt and the possible hands they may create. Here is the game’s basic strategy:

Hands without deuces:

1. Always draw one card to a royal flush, even if it requires breaking a pat straight flush.

2. Always draw two cards to a royal flush unless you already hold a pat straight, flush or straight flush.

3. Draw one card to a straight flush unless you already hold a pat flush or straight.

4. Draw two cards to a straight flush unless you already hold a pat flush or straight.

5. If you need one card for either a flush or a straight, draw for the flush.

6. If you need one card for either a flush or straight and already hold any pair, keep the pair.

7. Always hold three of a kind. When dealt two pair, discard one of them and draw.

8. Draw five cards when you don’t have a pat hand and you don’t have a chance at the hands listed above.

Hands with Deuces:

1. When dealt four deuces, hold all five cards to minimize the chances of “losing” one in the draw.

2. When dealt three deuces, hold them and draw for the fourth unless you already have a pat royal flush or five of a kind.

3. When dealt two deuces, hold them alone and draw unless you already have a pat four of a kind or better. Also, if you need one card for a royal or straight flush, draw for the one card.

4. When dealt a single deuce, hold any pat hand except break a flush or straight if you have a one-card draw for a royal or straight flush.

 

Joker Poker

   Several of the new multi-game machines include Joker Wild Poker, but even if they don’t, you should be able to find ample Joker machines, especially at locals-oriented casinos such as Arizona Charlies, Coasts and Stations.

   Jokers Wild poker is very popular because hands such as straight flushes and four-of-a-kinds are more common, and the “mini-jackpot” paid on a five-of-a-kind is not out of reach.

   Of course, you must decide between the full payout and progressive machines. Whichever you choose, always try to find a machine that pays at least even money for Kings or better, and 20-1 for four-of-a-kind.

   Because the joker complicates the playing strategy, it will be broken into two parts: hands dealt with a joker and hands dealt without.

Hands without the joker:

1. Always draw one card to a royal flush even if it means breaking a pat high pair (kings or aces), straight or flush. But don’t break a pat straight flush for a one-card draw to a royal.

2. Draw two cards to a royal flush, unless you already hold a pat straight flush, straight, flush or three of a kind.

3. Draw one card to a straight flush even if you already hold a pat flush or straight.

4. Draw two cards to a straight flush unless you already hold a pat flush, straight, or three of a kind.

5. If you need one card for either a flush or a straight, draw for the flush.

6. If you need one card for either a flush or straight and already hold a high pair, keep the high pair.

7. If you need one card for a flush or two cards for a straight flush and already hold a low pair (queens or lower), break up the pair and draw. If you need one card for a straight and already hold a low pair, keep the low pair.

8. If you’re dealt two pair and one of them is a high pair, keep the high pair. If not, retain both.

9. Always draw to a low pair rather than holding a single high card.

10. Draw five cards when you don’t have a single high card that can be paired.

 

Hands with the joker:

1. Always draw one card to a royal flush unless you already hold a pat straight flush or joker royal flush.

2. Draw two cards to a royal flush unless you already hold a pat straight flush, straight, flush or three of a kind.

3. Draw one card to a straight flush even if you already hold a pat flush or straight.

4. Draw two cards to a straight flush unless you already hold a pat flush, straight or three of a kind.

5. If you need one card for either a flush or a straight, draw for the flush.

6. If you need one card for either a flush or straight and already hold a high pair, keep the high pair.

7. If you’re dealt anything less than a high pair, or you can’t draw to the hands listed above, hold the joker and draw four cards.