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Wild Thing Poker

Hold on to your stool, Wild Thing Poker is something wildly different. Just when you thought they had come up with just about every possible video poker game, think again. Wild Thing Poker is an original version of stud poker, developed by IGT (International Game Technology). It is really three games in one. There are 3 stud poker hands to play: 3-card stud poker, 5-card stud poker and 7-card stud poker. †There is a different paytable for each phase of the game. But thatís not all; there are 3 different wild card suits in the deck. It sounds wild, doesnít it?

For a full description of how to play this game read further below. We will also try to sketch out a strategy for this complex game at the bottom of this page. †

Where to Play Wild Thing Poker

IGT provides Wild Thing Poker in the Game King AVP machine. It is available both in single and Triple Play versions. The multi hand version allows you to bet simultaneously on 3 Wild Thing Poker hands. The multi hand version plays the same cards for the 3-card and 5-card stud poker hands. Only for the last 7-card poker hand different cards are dealt for each of the three hands.

IGT furnishes Nevada casinos with their slots and video poker games. Currently Wild Thing Poker can be found in the following Las Vegas casinos:

How to Play Wild Thing Poker

Hereís the deal. The player can place up to 5 coin bets for each of the stud poker hands (3-card, 5-card and 7-card). Place an initial bet to begin the game. The machine will deal for you 7 cards, 3 face-up and the rest face-down. For the first 3-card stud poker hand the 3ís become wild cards which can stand in for any other cardís rank and/or suit. The player will receive a pay according to the Wild 3 Hand pay table:

Wild 3 Card Hand
Poker Hands Coin 1 Coin 2 Coin 3 Coin 4 Coin 5
Three 3's 10 20 30 40 50
Straight Flush 4 8 12 16 20
Flush 2 4 6 8 10
Straight 1 2 3 4 5

Wild Thing Video Poker The player must complete at least a 3-card straight to win a 1:1 payout. Any win at this point of the game will be displayed within a Blue Box beneath the cards.

The player now has a choice to see the next 2 cards by placing a second bet (the same amount as placed on the first 3-card hand).† To see the next two cards simply press on the deal button again. If you feel you donít have enough good cards, you may press the Fold button and the hand ends here.

In this phase of the game the 5ís gain the wild symbol status (and the 3ís lose theirs). A payout will be made if the player has at least a 3-of-a-kind. Hereís the paytable for the 5-card poker hand:†

Wild 5 Card Hand
Poker Hands Coin 1 Coin 2 Coin 3 Coin 4 Coin 5
Royal Flush w/ no Wild 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000
Four 5's 250 500 750 1000 1250
5 of a Kind 50 100 150 200 250
Wild Royal Flush 40 80 120 160 200
Straight Flush 40 80 120 160 200
4 of a Kind 10 20 30 40 50
Full House 8 16 24 32 40
Flush 6 12 18 24 30
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
3 of a Kind 1 2 3 4 5

The four 5ís in the deck makes it possible to create a 5-of-a-kind which is the second highest paying hand. If you had a 5 on the initial 3-card hand, you will see a faded symbol on it that says ďWild ThingĒ. This will remind you that you will have a wild card waiting if you place a bet to play the second phase of the game. Wins for the Wild 5-Card Hand will be displayed within a Green Box beneath the cards.

Finally, the player has the option to bet for a third time to see the last two cards. In this round, the 3ís and 5ís no longer serve as wild cards. Instead, the 7ís become the wild cards. Payouts will be made according to the 7-card poker pay table:

Wild 7 Card Hand
Poker Hands Coin 1 Coin 2 Coin 3 Coin 4 Coin 5
Royal Flush w/ no Wild 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000
7 of a Kind 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000
Four 7's 500 1000 1500 2000 2500
6 of a kind