Deuces Wild Strategy Card and Tips

Another popular version of Video Poker is Deuces Wild. This version uses a standard deck of 52 cards, and all the Deuces (2’s) are treated as Wild and can replace any card in the pack.

With other versions of Video Poker, such as Jokers Wild, you will get more hands that win, imagine how many more you can get if 4 of the 52 cards in the deck are Wilds…If Deuces Wild is played properly, to the maximum strategy, the House Odds are actually in the Players favor giving a return of approximately 100.76%. This is way better than most Casino games.

As the Deuces are all wild, it is possible to be dealt with 1, 2, 3 or even 4 Jokers. As with all versions of Video Poker, we suggest that you play with maximum coins to ensure the big payout comes when you get that Royal Flush. If you need to reduce the size of a Coin in order to play maximum coins, then do so.

Although having 4 Jokers in the pack does increase your chances of getting a win significantly, the big payout, for a Royal Flush is only for a ‘Natural Royal Flush’, as in Jokers Wild Video Poker, which includes the 10, J, Q, K and A of the same suit, and no Joker. If the Joker does replace any of these cards, you will still get a nice payout, but considerably less than you would get without a Joker.

The presence of Jokers also gives us a new hand that you won’t get on standard 52 card Video Poker such as Jacks or Better, with 5 of a kind now possible. This is the 2nd best hand after the Natural Royal Flush and is, in fact, better than a Royal Flush that includes a Joker or Jokers. Clearly, the 5 of a kind isn’t possible without a Joker in your hand.

If you are dealt one or more Jokers, you don’t need to decide what card/s it will be as the computer will payout after you have discarded and then received cards based on the best possible outcome.

Before you read this strategy, make sure that you are familiar with the rules and poker hands, the rules can be found at (link to Video Poker Rules when published). A full breakdown of the poker hands can be found here. Once you have mastered this, you are ready to consider the best way to play the Deuces Wild Video Poker slot.


The payouts for Deuces Wild do vary from casino to casino, so keep an eye out for those that offer the best payout for a Natural Royal Flush.

The paytable below is one that is fairly standard, as you will see the Natural Royal Flush is the same as for other forms such as Jokers Wild, but the payout for Wild Royal Flush is considerably lower as with 4 jokers in the pack, the odds of hitting it are significantly higher.

The payouts start at a higher level also, whereas other forms of Video Poker payout for a High Pair or better, with Deuces Wild the minimum required for a win is Three of a Kind – not even Two Pair gets paid.

Hand Payout Probability% Return% Combinations
Natural Royal Flush 800 0.000022 0.017667 440,202,756
Four Deuces 200 0.000204 0.040741 4,060,462,824
Wild Royal Flush 25 0.001796 0.044896 35,796,957,696
Five of a Kind 15 0.003202 0.048024 63,818,309,856
Straight Flush 9 0.004168 0.037515 83,087,969,280
Four of a Kind 5 0.064938 0.324691 1,294,427,430,576
Full House 3 0.021229 0.063687 423,165,297,240
Flush 2 0.016784 0.033568 334,561,280,724
Straight 2 0.056070 0.112141 1,117,664,265,756
Three of a Kind 1 0.284690 0.284690 5,674,784,779,512
Nothing 0 0.546897 0.000000 10,901,423,560,980
Total 1.000000 1.007620 19,933,230,517,200


Deuces Wild Strategy & Tips

As with all Video Poker games, patience is massively important. The only hand to hit in Deuces Wild that will give a very large payoff is the Natural Royal Flush, although Four Deuces is nice to get as well. Due to the low odds of this happening, it can take a long time.
There are 4 tables below, each showing what you should do if you are dealt a certain number of Deuces.
If you are dealt the 4 Deuces, hold them all and discard the other card.
Start from the top of the relevant table, and hold the first set of cards that are applicable to the hand you have:

0 Deuces

Natural Royal Flush
Four to a Natural Royal Flush
Straight Flush
Four of a Kind
Full House
Three of a Kind
Four to an Outside Straight Flush
Suited 10,J,Q
Four to an Inside Straight Flush
Three to a Natural Royal Flush except for 10,J,Q
Two Pair
Four to a Flush
Four to an Outside Straight
Three to a Straight Flush Spread over 3 or 4 cards
2 to a Natural Royal Flush
Three to a Straight Flush Spread over 5 cards
Four to an Inside Straight except for missing Deuce
Discard Everything

1 Deuce

Wild Royal Flush
Five of a Kind
Straight Flush
Four of a Kind
Four to a Wild Royal Flush
Full House
Three consecutive suited cards 5,6,7 or greater
Three of a Kind
All other four to a Straight Flush
Three to a Wild Royal Flush, High Card King or lower
Two consecutive suited cards, 6/7 or higher, plus Deuce
Three to a Royal Flush, High Card Ace
Deuce only

2 Deuces

Wild Royal Flush
Five of a Kind
Straight Flush
Four of a Kind
Four to a Wild Royal Flush
2 consecutive suited cards, plus Deuces
Full House
2 Deuces only

3 Deuces

Wild Royal Flush
5 of a Kind
4 to a Wild Royal Flush
Straight Flush
3 Deuces only


4 Deuces

Hold 4 Deuces and discard other cards always


In the above table, the following applies:
Outside Straight – 4 Cards that are consecutive and where a card at either end can provide you with a Straight – EG. 5,6,7,8
Inside Straight – 4 Cards where there is one number missing that would complete a Straight. EG 5,6,8,9

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