Mon, Apr 22, 2:11am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Tue, Oct 8, 12:33am
Deuces Wild video poker is the game all smart machine gamblers should know about. The full pay version of the game has a payout percentage of 100.76%. Even two lesser versions offer a 99.96% and 99.73% payout percentage–this latter game being the “not so ugly” game you may have heard about. If you’re a gambler who pays special attention to the house edge on the games you play, then this game needs to be on your radar screen.
Video poker is like blackjack in one important way: the Devil is in the details. You read about how great certain games are, but then you learn that each game has slight variations in the rules which can affect the outcome in profound ways. Each rule change in blackjack changes the odds slightly (or not so slightly). It’s the same way in video poker, except the rule variants are replaced by different pay tables. Depending on how much a flush or full house is worth–or how much a four of a kind pays out–determines whether a game variation pays well or doesn’t.
Those players new to online casino betting might need a little explanation, especially when it comes to the house edge statistics I just posted. First, these are theoretical payouts, based on the idea you played perfect strategy. Even the best gamblers have trouble being perfect all the time, so most writers prefer to use the term optimal strategy. The idea is to know all the best moves, then strive for optimal play. Most gamblers playing deuces wild full-pay won’t see anything close to a 100.76% payout percentage, because they can’t play well enough to make it happen. That’s why a casino can offer such games as a promotional tool, yet still make money on the machine (though not much).
Thus, the fact that video poker requires strategy to succeed is why the game can offer better odds. To take advantage, you have to be good at what you do, which is only fair. The point being: new players should not confuse video poker with the pokies, which have no strategy to discuss. With that in mind, let’s discuss which game choices give you the best chance to win and where you might find these games. Not every game offline is going to have its counterpart on the Internet, while many online deals are impossible to find in most land-based casinos.
We’ve read summations of Full Pay strategy which compares optimal strategy to a simple, yet realistic strategy. In the long run, a player drop down from 100.76% to 100.71% by learning 26 different plays. The difference is you miss out on a proper play once in every 1,869 hands, which isn’t going to be noticed by most players. The full pay deuces wild isn’t going to be found much online, but it can be found in certain land-based Las Vegas casinos from time to time. For instance, the Palms Casino offered this game starting in early 2012, but the game disappeared sometime around May 2012 or later. These games are featured for promotional reasons for a short time, then go away. A gambler needs to stay on top of this information, but the games do appear from time to time.
It says a lot about a game when its house edge of 0.04% is not the best variant. Since this version of the game preserves the house edge, it’s more likely to be found in casinos out there than the full pay version. Most people won’t be able to play at this level, so the effective house edge adjusted for bad play is likely to give the casino a 1% to 2% house edge, depending on how bad a player you’re talking about.
The Not-So-Ugly version pays 16x on the 5 of a kind and 10x on a straight flush. You’ll see this game more often than the two with better odds, though NSU still offers a better payout than excellent game variations like Classic Blackjack and Pontoon (not Australian Pontoon). This is a game with a nice basic strategy chart and free Flash gameplay at any Microgaming casinos.
The writer of one particular website suggested that his optimal strategy required nearly 7,800 lines of strategy tips, so he condensed that down to a more manageable 38 lines of tips. That little tidbit of information should give you all you need to know about the complexities of strategy blackjack offers. It’s no wonder many 21 players consider it the pinnacle of casino gambling.
At least four other variants of Deuces Wild exist which offer a payout percentage higher than 99%. If you want to talk about loose games (which has four known pay schedules above 100%), you should be able to find the occasional game with a payout percentage a little bit to your advantage. Don’t get your hopes up about becoming a professional player, though. The theoretical advantage you receive is so small that you wouldn’t be able to support yourself on the winnings, unless you had a huge bankroll–at which point it probably wouldn’t be worth your time. What playing Deuces Wild and its variants does is give you a chance to remain competitive as long as you keep your wits about you.
Whatever the case, you’ve chosen an interesting casino game to learn. With the pokies, it’s fun to read about the clever ways they design games with special features. It’s neat to hear about good licensed slots, funny themes, or the latest innovations in 3D graphics. But that’s not the same as sitting down to master a game which has real strategy decisions. Video poker gambling isn’t just a pure game of chance, but it has elements of mastery which make it a game of skill, too. Those who’ve chosen Deuces Wild have chosen a game you can master, which is exciting.