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Deuces Wild – Rules Strategy & Tips for Winning

Deuces Wild Strategy Card

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.

Natural Royal Flush8004402027560.000022
Four Deuces20040604628240.000204
Wild Royal Flush25357969576960.001796
Five of a Kind15638183098560.003202
Straight Flush9830879692800.004168
Four of a Kind512944274305760.064938
Full House34231652972400.021229
Three of a Kind156747847795120.284690

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

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

OrderHandExpected Return
1Natural Royal Flush800.00
24 of a Royal Flush19.574469
3Straight Flush9.00
4Four of a Kind5.8510637
5Full House3.00
6Three of a Kind2.0175762
7Straight or Flush2.00
84 of an outside Straight Flush1.65958
9Suited 10/J/Q1.3987
104 of an inside Straight Flush1.3829787
113 of a Royal Flush1.2719704
13Two Pair0.5106383
144 of a Flush0.5106383
154 of an outside Straight0.5106383
163 of a Straight Flush spread 3-40.5051-0.3959
172 of a Royal Flush, J highest0.38815913
183 of a Straight Flush, spread 50.35522664
194 of an Inside Straight0.34042552
202 of a Royal Flush, Q highest0.33851373
212 of a Royal Flush, K highest0.3278446
22Garbage, discard everything0.32552597

* 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

OrderHandExpected Return
1Wild Royal Flush25.00
2Five of a Kind15.00
3Straight Flush9.00
4Four of a Kind5.8510637
54 of a Royal Flush3.4042554
6Full House3.00
73 consecutive suited cards 5/6/7 or greater2.21277
8Three of a Kind2.01758
11All other 4 to a Straight Flush1.70213 to1.97872
123 of a Royal Flush, K high1.1424607
132 consecutive suited cards 6/7 or higher1.0952822
143 of a Royal Flush, A high1.0462534
15Deuce only1.0328652

2 Deuces

OrderHandExpected Return
1Wild Royal Flush25.00
2Five of a Kind15.00
3Straight Flush9.00
4Four of a Kind5.8510637
54 of a Royal Flush4.617021
62 consecutive suited cards 6/7 or higher3.3404255
72 Deuces only3.2730188

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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Video Poker Strategy
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