Deuces Wild Online Video Poker Strategy

Deuces Wild is an online variant of video poker in which the deuces act as wild cards. Having four wild symbols is an apparent advantage, but it is actually neutralised by the payout table, which begins with three of a kind hand instead of the usual jacks or better. The payout table also has three hand rankings inserted between straight flush and natural royal flush. These are five of a kind, wild royal flush and four deuces.

As in all online video poker games, Deuces Wild has to be played with optimum strategy in order to get the best results. The Deuces Wild optimum strategy is related to the number of deuces dealt in the initial hand. If you have four deuces you are assured of payout of 200 to 1. The fifth card is irrelevant so you hold on to all the cards.

When dealt three deuces the optimum strategy is as follows. If the hand is a wild royal flush or five of a kind with cards ranked at ten or higher then hold all cards. If the forth card is ranked at 10 or higher, then hold it and replace the fifth card. Otherwise replace both the other cards.

With two deuces in the initial hand, you must hold hands ranked four of a kind or higher. Deuces wild optimum strategy then requires you to hold cards that are four cards to a royal flush. After that you should hold cards that make a straight flush with the lowest card being a six. If none of the above is possible then you just hold the two deuces and replace the remaining three cards.

With only one deuce in the dealt hand the optimum strategy becomes a little complicated because the number of permutations possible is larger. You hold paying hands ranked at four of a kind and higher. You should break lower paying hands in order to try for a wild royal flush. Then you hold a dealt full house. After that you hold the following hands in decreasing order: four cards to a straight flush with the lowest card being five; dealt three of a kind, straight or flush; four cards to a lower straight flush; three cards to a royal flush and three cards to a straight flush with the lowest card being a six. Finally you hold the deuce and replace the other cards.