The optimal Deuces Wild Video Poker Strategy

November 4th, 2008

The optimal Deuces Wild Video Poker Strategy
by Jean Real

Superior Casino provides a real chance of winning to every player. That’s why we post new strategies and tips to players for all our fun casino games. Today we’ll have a look at the optimal Deuces Wild strategy. Applying a perfect strategy helps you reduce the house edge to a minimum, allowing you to collect more and play longer.

Deuces Wild is a fun video poker game because there are 4 wild cards inside the deck. This helps you get higher poker hands with greater ease since the wild cards can be substituted for any other card in the deck. The 4 deuces create different scenarios when you play the game. Depending on how many deuces you are dealt on the initial draw, follow the pertinent list below.

Each poker hand has a statistical probability, the better the poker hand the lesser chances there is of obtaining one. Based on these probabilities we can create an optimal strategy to help you decide what cards to holds on any given hand. To apply this strategy is easy; simply match your 5 initial cards with the highest card combination on the lists below.

If you have 0 Deuces on your initial draw, then hold in this order:
1. Natural Royal Flush
2. 4 cards to a Royal Flush
3. Straight Flush
4. Four-of-a-Kind
5. Full House
6. Three-of-a-Kind
7. Flush
8. Straight
9. 4 cards to an open-ended Straight Flush
10. 3 cards to a Royal Flush
11. Any Pair
12. Any Two Pair
13. 4 cards to a Flush
14. 4 cards to an open-ended Straight
15. 3 cards to a Straight Flush
16. 2 cards to a Royal Flush
17. 4 cards to an inside Straight
18. Discard everything and ask for 5 new cards

If you have 1 Deuces then hold in this order:
1. Wild Royal Flush
2. Five-of-a-Kind
3. Straight Flush
4. Four-of-a-Kind
5. 4 cards to a Royal Flush
6. Full House
7. 3 suited cards in a row such as 7,8,9 of clubs
8. Three-of-a-Kind
9. Straight
10. Flush
11. 4 cards to a Straight Flush
12. 3 cards to a Royal Flush
13. 2 suited cards in a row
14. Deuce ONLY
15. 4 cards to an open-ended Straight

If you have 2 Deuces then hold in this order:
1. Wild Royal Flush
2. Five-of-a-Kind
3. Straight Flush
4. Four-of-a-Kind
5. 4 cards to a Royal Flush
6. 2 suited cards in a row
7. Full House
8. 2 Deuces Only

If you have 3 Deuces then hold in this order:
1. Wild Royal Flush
2. 3 Deuces only with no pair
3. Five-of-a-Kind
4. 4 cards to a Royal Flush

If you have 4 Deuces then hold:

1. Royal Flush
2. 4 Deuces Only

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The Optimal Jacks or Better Strategy

October 9th, 2008

The Optimal Jacks or Better Strategy
by Jean Real

Jacks or Better is one of the video poker games with the highest payout percentages. The Jacks or Better game at Superior Casino pays back at a surprisingly high 99.54%. Now, you are probably thinking this can’t be true because the last time you played you were not that lucky. Fear not, I know exactly what might be the problem and I’m here to help you get those high pay rates with Superior Casino’s Jacks or Better.

Jacks or Better or any other video poker machine is a game of skill. The player must know exactly what to do in every situation in order to get the best results. Choices may be hard sometimes, when there are two attractive sets of cards to hold in a hand but obviously you must make a choice and hold one option. Such is the case when you have two high cards (jacks or higher) of the same rank (which will give you a payout of 1:1 on Jacks or Better) but you also have another “kicker” card (a face card or Ace). Most players feel inclined to hold the “kicker” card with the winning pair but this is a mistake. How do we know? Very simply, we run a computer program to analyze the probabilities of the deal based on the cards you hold. If you hold just the pair, you have higher chances of getting a three-of-a-kind than a two pair by holding the “kicker” card.

With that said, we have run the computer program to give us a list of the best card combinations to hold. This is called an Optimal Video Poker Strategy, in this case for Jacks or Better. To get the best results simply look at your 5 cards dealt. Try to match any of these cards or all of them to the hand combination HIGHEST on the list below.

1. Royal Flush
2. Straight Flush
3. Four of a Kind
4. Hold 4 cards to a Royal Flush
5. Full House
6. Flush
7. Three of a Kind
8. Straight
9. Hold 4 cards to a Straight Flush
10. Two Pair
11. High Pair
12. Hold 3 cards to a Royal Flush
13. Hold 4 cards to a Flush
14. Hold 4 unsuited Ten, Jack, Queen and King
15. Low pair (2’s through 10’s)
16. Hold 4 cards to an outside Straight (with 2 high cards)
17. Hold 3 cards to a Straight Flush
18. Hold 2 suited Queen and Jack
19. Hold 4 cards to an inside Straight (with 4 high cads)
20. Hold 2 suited King/Queen or King/Jack
21. Hold 2 suited Ace/King, Ace/Queen or Ace/Jack
22. Hold 4 cards to an inside Straight (with 3 high cards)
23. Hold 3 unsuited King, Queen, Jack
24. Hold 2 unsuited Queen and Jack
25. Hold 2 suited Jack and Ten
26. Hold 2 unsuited high cards with King as highest
27. Hold 2 suited Queen and Ten
28. Hold 2 unsuited high cards with Ace as highest
29. Hold 1 Jack
30. Hold 2 suited King and Ten
31. Hold 1 Queen
32. Hold 1 King
33. Hold 1 Ace
34. If none of the above, discard all and draw for five new cards

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