Bonus Deuces Wild Video Poker
Bonus Deuces Wild is a one of the many variations of video poker machines that have wild cards. This game is played with the standard 52-card deck, there are no extra cards but the Two's (also known as Deuces) have a special value. The four Deuces in the deck are used as Wild Cards, which can be substituted with any card rank and suit, in order to help the player create the strongest possible poker hand.
Most video poker machines are easy to play but Bonus Deuces Wild should not be your first pick if you are new to video poker. Begin with a more standard game such as Jacks or Better(link) or All American(link) video poker.
To begin playing Bonus Deuces Wild you must insert coins or paper money into the machine. Select how many coins you want to bet per hand, from one to five. We strongly suggest you always play video poker machines with 5-coin bets, as there are usually oversized jackpots for the 5-coin Royal Flush. Next, press the Deal button to see your 5 cards. The aim of the game is to create the strongest poker hand based on the 5 cards you are dealt. Select which cards (if any) you want to hold (keep) and press Deal again to discard the rest. For every card you discard you will get a new card and now you will have your final 5 card poker hand. You are not competing against any other player or dealer, the payout will be based on what hand you were able to complete.
Understanding Poker Hand Combinations
Please note that the order and rank of some hands changes when wild cards are introduced to the deck.
Bonus Deuces Wild Paytable
The Bonus Deuces Wild video poker payout is made according to the paytable shown below. If you have played other video poker machine you should be aware of important changes done to the jackpot paytable.
The paytable begins with a three-of-a-kind since the four wild Deuces makes it easier to create a winning poker hands. The payouts for Straights, Flushes and Full Houses are comparatively low than other video poker machines. The higher-ranking hands are similar to the Deuces Wild(link) paytable. However, the Ace card gives a bonus payout when it becomes the kicker card on a Four-of-a-kind of Deuces and there is a special jackpot for a four-of-a-kind of Aces.
Multi-Hand and Double-up Features
Most online video poker machines have an option to play more than one hand at the same time. This is known as Multi-Hand Video Poker. Players may bet on up to 50 or 100 poker hands at the same time. The game rules remain the same; the player only has to decide what cards to hold and which to discard in one main poker hand. The cards held will be kept for all the other hands and the new deal will deliver new cards for each hand from separate decks. That's why there will be a different outcome for each hand. Each hand will be paid according to the Bonus Deuces Wild paytable.
At the end of each winning hand, the player also has the option to play Double or Nothing. This is a chance to double the winnings just earned by picking a higher card than what the machine gets. The machine will deal 5 random cards, one face-up for itself and four face-down for the player. If the player picks a higher card, the winnings are doubled and the game will ask the player if he wants to Double or Nothing on his recent win. The game can go on indefinitely as long as the player keeps getting a higher card. However, be aware that the cards are dealt randomly and the player's four cards may or may not have a higher card. In some cases the machine gets an Ace or Wild Deuce and the player can only tie if he or she matches the rank.
Basic Tips and Strategy for Bonus Deuces Wild
The optimal strategy for Bonus Deuces Wild is practically the same as any other video poker machine but players should focus on the added value of Ace cards.
First of all, never break up winning hands unless you have 4 to a Natural Royal Flush or three Aces or Deuces to a four-of-a-kind.
If you get just one pair in the initial draw, keep it and discard the three other cards. Never keep a kicker (high) card with the pair.
If you have no paying three-of-a-kind and no four cards to flush, straight, straight flush or Royal Flush when you are dealt a Deuce, then keep the Deuce and any other card and deal for three new cards. It is preferable to keep an Ace with a Deuce if both appear in the initial draw.