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Deuces Wild Poker Guide: Rules, Strategies & Expert Tip

Deuces Wild

Deuces Wild is just one of the many versions of Video Poker and therefore it is difficult to give a standard strategy for a general version.

We have compiled a strategy for some of the most popular versions. Please ensure you check the strategy for the version you are playing.

How to Play Deuces Wild

Deuces Wild is the same as other versions of Video Poker. You get dealt 5 cards, hold as many or as few as you want, the cards you discard are replaced by other cards from the pack and winnings are then paid. But, there is one major difference, which is that all four 2’s often known as Deuces are Wildcards and can be replaced by any other card to improve your hand. As there are 4 Wildcards, it is possible to get 5 of a kind, which isn’t possible in many versions of Video Poker, meaning the Strategy is completely different from other versions depending on how many Deuces you are dealt to start.

Payouts and Probability

First of all, let’s take a look at the possible winning combinations, how much each pays – remember this can vary from machine to machine and depending on how many coins you play – and how likely each is to come in.

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability
Natural Royal Flush 800 440202756 0.000022
Four Deuces 200 4060462824 0.000204
Wild Royal Flush 25 35796957696 0.001796
Five of a Kind 15 63818309856 0.003202
Straight Flush 9 83087969280 0.004168
Four of a Kind 5 1294427430576 0.064938
Full House 3 423165297240 0.021229
Flush 2 334561280724 0.016784
Straight 2 1117664265756 0.056070
Three of a Kind 1 5674784779512 0.284690
Nothing 0 10901423560980 0.546897
Total 19933230517200 1.000000

Deuces Wild Payouts and Probability As you can see from above, as the deuces are wild, not only is there a Five of a Kind in Deuces wild, there are also 2 versions of a Royal Flush, one using one or more deuces and one not using any. It is the one that doesn’t use deuces that pays the most, followed by Four of a Kind deuces, Royal Flush using one or more deuce then Five of a Kind.

It is imperative that this order is understood before you start playing the Deuces Wild Video Poker to ensure the optimal strategy is followed.

Due to the four wildcards, the minimum payout is Three of a Kind. A pair of Jacks or better and Two Pair count for nothing in Deuces Wild.

Deuces Wild Strategy

Now for the strategy part…

First, find the table depending on the number of deuces you are dealt. The chances are this will be 0, in which case use the top table. If you get 1, use the 2nd table etc.

Start from the top and work your way down until you find the hand that relates to the one you have. There will be some occasions where your hand appears more than once, in this case, follow the advice in the higher option as this will be the most likely for you to win.

No Deuce

Order Hand Expected Return
1 Natural Royal Flush 800.00
2 4 of a Royal Flush 19.574469
3 Straight Flush 9.00
4 Four of a Kind 5.8510637
5 Full House 3.00
6 Three of a Kind 2.0175762
7 Straight or Flush 2.00
8 4 of an outside Straight Flush 1.65958
9 Suited 10/J/Q 1.3987
10 4 of an inside Straight Flush 1.3829787
11 3 of a Royal Flush 1.2719704
12 Pair 0.560222
13 Two Pair 0.5106383
14 4 of a Flush 0.5106383
15 4 of an outside Straight 0.5106383
16 3 of a Straight Flush spread 3-4 0.5051-0.3959
17 2 of a Royal Flush, J highest 0.38815913
18 3 of a Straight Flush, spread 5 0.35522664
19 4 of an Inside Straight 0.34042552
20 2 of a Royal Flush, Q highest 0.33851373
21 2 of a Royal Flush, K highest 0.3278446
22 Garbage, discard everything 0.32552597

* An outside Straight is where you require a card at either end to make the hand – e.g. 4, 5, 6, 7 – either a 3 or 8 would complete the Straight

** An inside Straight is where you require a card in the middle to make the hand – e.g. 4, 5, 7, 8 – only a 6 would complete the Straight
One Deuce

Order Hand Expected Return
1 Wild Royal Flush 25.00
2 Five of a Kind 15.00
3 Straight Flush 9.00
4 Four of a Kind 5.8510637
5 4 of a Royal Flush 3.4042554
6 Full House 3.00
7 3 consecutive suited cards 5/6/7 or greater 2.21277
8 Three of a Kind 2.01758
9 Straight 2.00
10 Flush 2.00
11 All other 4 to a Straight Flush 1.70213 to1.97872
12 3 of a Royal Flush, K high 1.1424607
13 2 consecutive suited cards 6/7 or higher 1.0952822
14 3 of a Royal Flush, A high 1.0462534
15 Deuce only 1.0328652

2 Deuces

Order Hand Expected Return
1 Wild Royal Flush 25.00
2 Five of a Kind 15.00
3 Straight Flush 9.00
4 Four of a Kind 5.8510637
5 4 of a Royal Flush 4.617021
6 2 consecutive suited cards 6/7 or higher 3.3404255
7 2 Deuces only 3.2730188

3 Deuces
Hold if you have a Wild Royal Flush or Five of a Kind (so non-Deuces are a pair), otherwise just hold the 3 Deuces

The above is a guideline only in order to optimize your chances of winning, like many casino games, players do like to trust their instinct so feel free to do the same.

4 Deuces
Discard all other cards if you hold 4 deuces


The following applies, in the above table:
Inside Straight – EG 5,6,8,9 – 4 Cards where there is one number missing that would complete a Straight.

Outside Straight – EG. 5,6,7,8 4 – Cards that are consecutive and where a card at either end can provide you with a Straight.

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Richard Grant
Richard has from an early age been interested in casinos and the thrill of playing casino games. After finishing his degree in Law and business he started this platform in 2007 as a complete resource to online gaming with the primary objective of reducing the house edge for players. Specializing in game guides, reviews, and strategic insights, Richard is devoted to helping you hit the jackpot.



What is Deuces Wild?

Deuces Wild is a variation of Video Poker that isn't very different from any other Video Poker variant. The main difference when playing Deuces Wild is that the Deuce can be any card that the player chooses. In other words, a Deuce is a substitute for any other card that you may need to complete a winning combination. Otherwise, the game is the same as any other 5-Draw Poker variant. Once you are dealt five cards, you choose the ones that you are going to keep if any, and the ones that you would like to discard and replace them with new cards.


What cards do you hold in Deuces Wild?

It is advisable to keep a Straight Flush, Royal Flush, Five-of-a-kind, and 3 Deuces.


Where can I play Deuces Wild online for real money?

You can play Deuces Wild on a reliable online casino. Nowadays, reputable online casinos offer a variety of casino games that range from Slots to table and card games. Video Poker is also a popular aspect, and Deuces Wild is one of the most popular versions available online and in land based casinos.


How do you play Deuces Wild?

If you choose to play online, then the RNG software will automatically shuffle the deck until you are left with five cards. Obviously, you need to create an online casino account first then you have to make your first deposit in order to play the casino game. After you've selected your bet and pressed Deal, you get five cards. If you get a Deuce, then you can use it to replace any other card that you might not find important for creating a winning combination. The next step is to choose which cards to discard, if any, and which to keep.


What is the RTP of Deuces Wild?

The RTP of each online casino game varies based on the type of game you are playing, and also it can be specific to a particular provider and casino game. Most Video Poker versions have decent RTP, and there are some Deuces Wild games with RTP of up to 100.8%.


Should you hold two pairs in Deuces Wild?

In this case, it is actually advisable not to hold to 2 pairs because it is a losing hand in this game. In this case, it's actually wiser to hold onto a lower hand, even though it is normally seen as a high-ranking hand.


Why Should You Play Deuces Wild?

The main advantage of playing Deuces Wild is that the Deuce can serve as a replacement for any other card. So, you will have multiple opportunities to potentially create a winning hand in the game. All in all, there is a higher chance of landing a winning combination, while Deuces Wild is a variation of Video Poker, so it shares a lot of commonalities with 5 Draw Poker. Hence, if you have played any Video Poker game, you can easily play Deuces Wild online.


Are Deuces Wild Video Poker games fair?

When you are playing in a reliable online casino, then you should expect to find fair and safe casino games since the casinos are required to operate according to the law and implement RNG software. If you register on a licensed online casino, then you can rest assured that the Deuces Wild Video Poker games are fair.

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