Deuces Wild Video Poker – Rules, Odds and Strategy

The thing i love about deuces wild video poker is that its a very simple game and is fantastic for video poker newbies.

The rules are easy to learn, they are as follows:

  1. You are dealt 5 cards.
  2. You then decide which cards you want to hold.
  3. You then draw 5 cards (Minus the cards you decide to hold).
  4. You get paid based on how strong of  a poker hand you make.

In Deuces Wild, deuces are well… wild. This means that a deuce can be used as a substitute for any card in the deck. So for example, on your first 5 cards you draw KK257. Because deuces are wild, you have 3 of a kind. IE 3 kings. You hold the KK and 2 and draw on the other two cards. Luckily you draw another 2 and have 4 of a kind and are paid out accordingly.

Deuces Wild Video Poker Demo

Deuces Wild Payout

The following is the payout table for “Not So Ugly Ducks” Deuces Wild.

Poker hand Payout (Units)
Three of a kind 1
Straight 2
Flush 3
Full house 4
Four of a kind 4
Straight flush 10
Fiver of a kind 16
Royal flush (With a deuce) 25
Four deuces 200
Natural royal flush 800

Deuces Wild Strategy

The most common version of Deuces Wild is called “Not So Ugly Ducks” and provides a payout percentage of 99.73%. A more rare version of the game is called “Full Pay Deuces Wild”, this provides a 100.76% payout if you follow optimum strategy but these games are harder to find. There is also another Deuces Wild game called “Ugly Deuces”, this pays out 97% and should be avoided since it provides a lower returns than Full Pay or Not So Ugly versions of the game.

Here are some quick tips for doing well at Deuces Wild Poker.

  1. Never discard a deuce, always hold it.
  2. Never keep 2 pair. Doing this eliminates you from getting 4 of a kind.
  3. Always keep a pair over a 4 card flush or straight. (Contrary to jacks or better strategy)
  4. Don’t hold on to Ace or King high, there are no rewards for making a high pair (Like in jacks or better).