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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An introduction to Poker

July 30th, 2008

An introduction to Poker
by Jean Real

Poker has become a new favorite game for most casino-goers. However, the experience can be intimidating as you play and bet against other real people and understanding the game is a must if you are playing against experienced players. Although Poker is an exciting game it is not made for all people. Some of the excitement can be rescued however if you try our Video Poker machines, that reproduce the rules of a normal poker game but you play against the casino software and not against real opponents. Heres some information that can help both new and experienced players win at Video Poker.

Most people are unaware that Video Poker has one of the highest payback rates of all casino games. Over the long-run games like Jacks or Better pay back 99.5% of the bets they receive. Others like Deuces Wild, that have wild cards making it easier to create winning hands, have payback rates of nearly 100%. However, to take advantage of this your skill is required and you must play with the optimal strategy to get the best results.

Take for example, Joker Poker. Heres what you are likely to receive on your first draw hand:

Cards / Chance of getting
One Pair of Tens or less 42.34%
One Pair of Jacks or higher 14.19%
Two Pairs 4.83%
Three of a Kind 2.21%
Straight 0.71%
Flush 0.27%
Full House 0.15%
Four of a kind 0.03%
Straight/Royal Flush 0.01%

The better the hand, the better payout you will be getting but this does not mean that you will always try to aim for the highest paying hands. This is a mayor mistake when playing at Video Poker. You must try 90% of the time to get the closest winning hand to your initial draw hand since there is a higher chance of getting lower-paying hands than the higher-paying.

On Video Poker single pairs of 9s or below dont pay, most people prefer to hold a Jacks or higher card than to keep a pair of 3s in their initial hand. The optimal strategy here however is to hold the low-card pair and click on the deal button hoping to turn that initial pair into a three-of-a-kind. Otherwise you will only have less than 14% chance of getting that Jacks or higher card, while you will have more than 18% chance of getting the three-of-a-kind.

Another common mistake is to try to get a flush when you already have a winning pair in your initial hand. For example, if you have a King/spades, 7/spades, 5/spades, 9/spades and a King/diamonds. Some people prefer to drop the diamond king to get the higher-paying flush than to keep the certain 1-for-1 win. The odds are not too bad for getting that flush (20%), however, this must be done rarely, once every 10 similar hands, to ensure the best pay back rates.

If you have a winning pair in your initial hand plus a high kicker card (J,Q,K,A), throw the kicker out before you deal. Dont keep the kicker card, as in Video Poker this is not a good strategy. Its better to take the risk for a three-of-a-kind or better hand, than to try to get the two pair.

Finally, if your initial hand has no low pair or high card, hold no card and deal for five new cards. The only exception would be if you have at least 3 cards for a straight or flush.

With these tips in view your Video Poker experience may improve. Join now to play any of our 7 Video Poker machines with multiple-hand and double-down options.

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Understanding the Games. Part two: PAY TABLE

March 26th, 2008

Understanding the Games.
By Charles Jay

Part two: PAY TABLE

The pay table applies to video-based games such as slot machines and video poker games. It is, in effect, a “schedule” of payouts and describes the relationship between the amount of coins or units the bettor puts into a wager and the amount of units he or she will get back with a win. When you are playing at Superior Casino, for example, you are going to be able to access the pay table for any video slot or video poker game easily, simply by clicking a button.

The pay table also serves an important function, particularly in the area of slot machines, in that, ideally, it clears up things quite a bit, as it gives the player all the payout possibilities. Remember, there are a lot of pay lines on a video slot machine, and a wide number of possible ways to win. Imagine 40 pay lines, going in every direction, with dozens of symbols to account for, which pay off to different degrees, not to mention the various ways the player can score jackpots, supplemental payouts and qualify for bonus rounds. The pay table outs all of that information at the player’s fingertips.

Although we are most concerned about the pay tables as they appear in the interface of Superior Casino, you will find it as well on a physical slot machine or video poker game in the casino, where it appears in front of you. Find it, read it, and pay attention to it, so that there is no misunderstanding as to your payouts, and use it as a guide for betting, so that you can achieve your desired payouts.

Part three: PERCENTAGE PAYBACK

You often hear about video poker games or machines with a 99.5% payback – this would be, for example, a 9/6 Jacks or Better game (that which pays 9-1 on the Full House and 6-1 on the Flush). These are supposed to pay put $99.50 for every $100 played on them. The house would be operating on a .5% advantage in these cases. That would be not too much different as the house advantage when you play Basic Strategy in blackjack. Here’s the “rub,” as they say – of course, that payback and those percentages only hold up if you are able to learn a strategy for video poker and implement it perfectly. If you play foolishly, or say, as an experiment, deliberately go out of your way to discard potentially winning cards, your disadvantage will go up considerably and the payback on the game will go DOWN considerably.

Percentage payback is going to be different according to what kind of game you play. An 8/5 Jacks or Better game (that which the player gets paid 8-1 on the Full House and 5-1 on the Flush) has a payback of 97.3%, giving the player a 2.7% disadvantage, even with perfect strategy play. A 6/5 Jacks or Better game, which pays just 6-1 on a Full House and 5-1 on a Flush, has a payback of 95%. Obviously, no one would be advised to compete at a game with a 5% built-in house advantage, when there are better games available. But check out ALL the games over at Superior Casino!

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VIDEO POKER – AN INTRODUCTION

January 30th, 2008

General Gaming
VIDEO POKER – AN INTRODUCTION
By Charles Jay

In the poker game you may be familiar with, you find yourself sitting at a table, either in a physical setting or a virtual environment, and competing against the other players. You make decisions most of the time according to what the other players do, what you anticipate they’re going to do, or what they might have in their hand.

This brand of poker has a psychological element to it. While it is true that the successful player must have a strong mathematical command at his/her disposal to calculate the odds involved in the play of poker hands, the player’s instinct really has to take over, because the goal is not necessarily to compile the best hand at the table, but to beat the people around you, by whatever means is available. Indeed, there is very little you can do to improve your hand. In Texas Hold’em, for example, you get two hole cards, and then share three of the cards that are in the “flop” because they are community cards. What players do from there is up to them.

The house has no financial interest in this game other than to take a percentage, or rake, out of the pot. Of course the house is really not at any risk here, and so this is where the income is derived.

The player, then, is not competing one-on-one against the house. And so it follows that player’s skill level, relative to the skill level of the other players, is the major determinant of success or failure.

This makes the so-called “regular” poker game a different paradigm than most gambling games that are played online.

Video poker is not to be confused with that kind of game. It is a whole different animal, in fact. When you play at a video poker terminal, you are competing against the house and the house only; not against other opponents. So instead of the odds being with you or against you on a changing basis, this creates a set of static odds that you will have to overcome on any given hand. The payouts for various winning hands laid out by the house is obviously relative to the probability of those hands coming out.

You might be able to win a pot with a pair of fives at the poker table by bluffing, provided you can sell it to the other players. That’s obviously not going to work in video poker. Conversely, if you’ve got three of a kind in video poker, you are going to be a winner, according to the pay table paid out by the casino and nothing else. It’s not a matter of getting beaten by someone else holding four of a kind, as you would at a traditional poker table.

Also – and maybe this comes as a surprise to some people – the video poker player can actually do more to improve his or her hand than the player in a Texas Hold’em game can, because while players are stuck with the cards they’re dealt in Hold’em, the video poker player can change the cards. This is an important consideration, since it gives the player a greater degree of control and is a key factor in the implementation of strategy.

There is actually not a whole lot of difference between the video poker game you’ll find in a land-based casino and what you’ll find online, because both are based on a computer program. If there’s any subtle difference, it’s that one of them (that which you’d find at the brick and mortar establishment) utilizes a touch screen, while the game you will play via your computer is of the point-and-click variety. But the outcomes in both are based on an RNG (Random Number Generator), and both are games where you are basically in control of your own decisions and the speed at which the game is played.

There are a number of different decisions you can make in the game, some of which are represented by buttons you will see on the interface:

BET ONE — This will determine the amount of money you will bet on any particular round of play. If you click it once, you will be betting one unit. Every subsequent time you click, it will add one more unit to your bet.

BET MAX — This is what you press when you want to bet the maximum number of units allowable for a game.

DEAL — You will click this button to initiate the deal, at which point you will receive five cards, displayed right in front of you, from left to right, on the interface. You will not be able to activate the “deal” until you have made your bet.

HOLD — After you have been dealt your initial five-card hand you are going to be making your decision as to whether to hold certain cards and discard others. If, for example, you have been dealt a pair of Jacks, while none of the other three cards did you any good, you will probably want to discard the other three. What you will do here is not designate the cards you want to get rid of, but rather, select the cards you want to keep, or “hold.” You click on a “Hold” button below the card to do this. Just click below the cards you want to keep – in this case the Queens – this tells the software that you want to hold those cards. The others will then be eliminated. At this point you move on to the “draw.”

DRAW — When you click this button, you are going to “draw” cards, meaning you will be getting new cards to replace the ones you discarded. The resultant hand will either be a winner or a loser. The degree to which you win on a hand will depend on what the payout chart indicates, as well as how much you bet.

Also, although this is not a “button,” per se, there is also a………

PAY TABLE — There is a “pay table” available on the machine or the interface that will tell what the payout is for the various winning hands you can get. all players are well-advised to examine the pay tables at the game they intend. No one should ever play video poker with the intention of making money and not have some sort of strategy laid out – that’s something we will get into eventually – but even the casual player should always know how much he or she is supposed to be paid.

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