Deuces Wild Poker


The object of Deuces Wild is to obtain a five-card poker hand that contains a winning combination. The better your hand is, the bigger the payout (see the pay table on the machine). You choose how many and which of your cards are to be replaced. You may replace your cards only once.

Note: in Deuces Wild, the “deuces” are wild – this means that any deuce (ie the two card) stands for any card (just like a joker), hence the name of the game.

How to play

The player aims to get the best hand possible. The payoffs are marked right on the face of the Video Poker machine. Betting is pretty straightforward. On any given machine you can typically choose $0.25, $0.50, $1, or $5 games. And the bets are 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, or 5x (or maximum bet) whichever game you’re playing. So if you’re playing a $1 game, you can place bets of $1, $2, $3, $4, or $5.

If you bet 5 coins all winning hands are paid out multiplied by a factor of 5 except for the royal flush. This is a bonus amount designed as an incentive to play five coins. And those players who play less than maximum coins are setting up the best payoffs for those who do.


Hold any 5 Of A Kind or Royal Flush.
If you’ve got four 2’s keep them!

If you’ve got three 2’s:

  • Hold any made 5 Of A Kind or Royal Flush
  • Otherwise, keep the 2’s and discard the rest.

If you’ve got two 2’s:

  • Hold any made Straight, Five Of A Kind or Royal Flush.
  • Hold any 4 of a Kind.
  • Hold any 4 of a Royal Flush.
  • Otherwise, keep the 2’s and discard the rest.

If you’ve got a single 2, keep any made hand EXCEPT:

  • Hold four card Royal Flushes over made Straights, Flushes and Straight Flushes.
  • Keep four card Straight Flushes of all types.
  • Hold three card Royal Flushes.
  • Do NOT keep two pair, keep only one.
  • Hold four card Flushes.
  • Hold four card Straights.
  • Hold three card Straight Flushes, including gaps.
  • Hold four card inside Straights.
  • Hang on to two card Q or J high Straight Flushes.
  • Discard two card Royal Flushes.
  • If you’ve come this low, discard everything and try again.

Some players are reluctant to throw away five cards, but that is a most important strategy. You want to make room for additional card(s) that could be a deuce(s), and holding that Ace or King is not going to help you if the next hand coming up could be four or five 7’s.

Hard nut Jacks or Better players will throw away complete hands-5 cards only 3% of the time, while Deuces Wild players almost 20% of the time.

Inside straights should be held, if presenting the best possible return from your initial five cards dealt. Therefore, a 5, 6, 8, 9 hand can produce a 7 or wild card in Deuces Wild. Approximately every 5000 hands will hit four deuces – a secondary jackpot that will allow you to pocket some winnings in this game.


Invariably playing maximum bet pays off better, overall, than any of the lower multiples. Smart players pick the betting level they are comfortable with and choose their game accordingly.

If you are comfortable with a $5 bet, then pick a $1 machine and play at maximum bet for $5. In either case, you are getting the best payoff odds you can for that game.

It is very important to know that the payoff ratios vary from game to game. These ratios do not necessarily reflect the true odds, so knowing your game helps you play smarter.

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