Ace on the Deal Video Poker

Ace on the Deal

Ace on the Deal is a video poker game that gives you an option to guarantee an ace in each hand.

The catch is that you need to bet a sixth coin to make sure the first dealt card is an ace. Making this bonus wager also increases the payout for a royal flush and 4 aces.

How much do these payouts increase? And what kind of value does betting the sixth coin offer?

We'll answer these questions while covering Ace on the Deal's gameplay, pay tables, payback, strategy, and where to find this machine.

The Basics of Playing Ace on the Deal Video Poker

You won't have much trouble learning Ace on the Deal if you've played other video poker machines before. Hands work the same as in most video poker games.

The only thing different is that you have an option to bet a sixth coin. Once you do so, you can guarantee that your first card will be an ace.

This creates an interesting dynamic that few video poker games can match. Let's take a closer look at this dynamic by covering how to place bets and play hands.

Betting Process

The base wager is 1 to 5 coins per hand. We recommend betting all 5 coins for two reasons:

  • 1You must wager all 5 credits in order to bet the sixth coin.
  • 2You gain more value from the royal flush jackpot with the max bet.

The point of playing Ace on the Deal is so that you can use the guaranteed ace feature. And we assume that you'll want to bet the sixth credit to take advantage of this feature.

As For the Max Royal Flush Value, You Can See How Wins Increase Along With Bet Size:
  • 1 coin royal flush = 250 coins
  • 2 coin royal flush = 500
  • 3 coin royal flush = 750
  • 4 coin royal flush = 1,000
  • 5 coin royal flush = 4,000
  • 6 coin royal flush = 4,799

The biggest bump in value is seen when moving from a 4 credit win (1,000 coins) to a 5 credit win (4,000).

This is standard in other video poker machines. But there's an additional 799 coin increase when you bet 6 coins.

Coin denominations on most video poker machines in land based casinos include $0.05, $0.25, and $1.00. This means your max 6 coin wager will either be $0.30, $1.50, or $6.00.

Most players won't mind betting $0.30 or $1.50 for the max.

Ace on the Deal Feature

When you bet the sixth coin, you're guaranteed to have at least one ace in your hand.

This is helpful when considering that the lowest qualifying hand is a high pair. You'll also have a strong chance at forming other winning hands like a 2 pair, 3 of a kind, straight, and so forth.

We're unsure how the ace is awarded.

One option is that it could be dealt from among the first four aces, then the other remaining 51 cards are dealt. The other is that the software continues dealing hands behind the scenes until at least one ace comes up.

Michael Shackleford, otherwise known as the "Wizard of Odds," ran calculations on this. His findings suggest that the latter method is used, where unseen hands are dealt until one or more aces appear.

In any case, the sixth coin will guarantee you one ace and move you closer to a winning payout.

Playing Hands

Here are the steps for playing hands in Ace on the Deal:

  • 1Choose your bet size; you can also wager an optional sixth coin.
  • 2Select Deal to receive your 5 card hand.
  • 3Decide what cards to hold and discard.
  • 4Choose Draw to replace discards with new cards.
  • 5The game will evaluate your hand for a potential win.

When a hand is finished, you can choose Deal to play the next hand without changing your wager. Or you can change your bet before selecting Deal.

We suggest sticking with the 6 coin max wager, meaning you don't have to adjust your bet in between hands.

Onscreen Display

Despite its unique rule of guaranteeing you an ace, this game looks like any other video poker game.

Betting and game options are featured on the machine, cards are in the middle of the screen, and the pay table is shown at the top of the screen.

Here Are Betting / Game Options You'll See Listed Onscreen:
  • Bet One - Increases your wager by one coin every time it's chosen.
  • Bet Max - Increases your bet to the 5 coin max; you can also add a sixth coin.
  • See Pays / Help - See game rules and check out another view of the pay table.
  • Credit Display - Shows how many credits you're betting and the coin denomination.
  • Deal - Receive your starting 5 card hand.
  • Draw - Replace discards with new cards.

Ace on the Deal vs. Deuce on the Deal

Deuce on the Deal is a Deuces Wild variation where you can guarantee yourself at least one deuce. But you need to bet an extra 5 coins on top of the 5 coin max bet (10 total) to guarantee the deuce.

Obviously this is expensive in comparison to Ace on the Deal, where you only need to risk one extra coin.

But the tradeoff is that deuces are wild in Deuce on the Deal. This means you have an even better chance of forming wins than if you were to just receive an ace.

Another bonus to Deuce on the Deal is that you can win huge payouts. A natural royal flush is worth 10,000 coins, while 4 deuces are worth 2,500 coins on a 10 credit bet.

The drawback to Deuce on the Deal is that it only offers 96.26% payback. Even if you guarantee yourself an ace every hand, you still don't have a good chance of winning due to the pay table and high max bet (10 coins).

Pay Back and Pay Tables in Ace on the Deal Video Poker

Ace on the Deal is based on a Double Double Bonus pay table.

These games have the exact same qualifying hands, including several bonus payouts. These bonuses are based on 4 of a kinds, with some of them featuring a kicker.

We'll look at this pay table below and compare it to the regular Double Double Bonus table.

9 / 5 Ace on the Deal Pay Table

Ace on the Deal has an expanded pay table due to the sixth coin that you can bet.

This is significant because you can earn extra money for certain payouts like the royal flush (4,799 coins), 4 aces w / a 2 to 4 kicker (3,200), and 4 aces (2,000).

You'll also notice that the other payouts don't increase at all from the fifth to sixth coin. This helps the casino retain their edge while still offering you the guaranteed ace and larger bonus payouts:

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins 6 coins
Royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000 4799
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250 250
4 aces w / 2 to 4 kicker 400 800 1200 1600 2,000 3200
4 2s to 4s w / A to 4 160 320 480 640 800 800
4 aces 160 320 480 640 800 2000
4 2s to 4s 80 160 240 320 400 400
4 5s to Ks 50 100 150 200 250 250
Full house 9 18 27 36 45 45
Flush 5 10 15 20 25 25
Straight 4 8 12 16 20 20
3 of a kind 3 6 9 12 15 15
2 pairs 1 2 3 4 5 5
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5 5

Ace on the Deal Pay Back

Ace on the Deal's payback is 98.01%, which is based on the 6 coin max wager. This is average in comparison to the video poker world.

The regular 9 / 5 Double Double Bonus Poker pay table (covered below) offers 97.87% payback. This means the guaranteed ace and upgraded payouts in Ace on the Deal raise payback by 0.14%.

If you want to achieve optimal payback, then we encourage you to bet the sixth coin.

Comparison to Double Double Bonus Pay Tables

One common version of Double Double Bonus is the 9 / 5 machine. This pay table is characterized by offering 9 coins for a full house and 5 for a flush.

You'll notice that per coin payouts for Double Double Bonus are exactly the same as in Ace on the Deal. It's only when you wager the extra coin in Ace on the Deal that some of the payouts change.

Double Double Bonus is missing one pay table column due to the absence of the sixth coin.

9 / 5 Double Double Bonus Pay Table

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
Royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4,000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
4 aces w / 2 to 4 kicker 400 800 1200 1600 2000
4 2s 4s w / A to 4 160 320 480 640 800
4 aces 160 320 480 640 800
4 2s to 4s 80 160 240 320 400
4 5s to Ks 50 100 150 200 250
Full house 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 5 10 15 20 25
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
3 of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
2 pairs 1 2 3 4 5
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5

Again, 9 / 5 Ace on the Deal pays slightly more than 9 / 5 Double Double Bonus. But the latter has the ability to pay more because it has multiple pay tables.

Let's Look At An Example Below:

9 / 6 Double Double Bonus Pay Table

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
Royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
4 aces w / 2 to 4 kicker 400 800 1200 1600 2000
4 2s to 4s w / A to 4 160 320 480 640 800
4 aces 160 320 480 640 800
4 2s to 4s 80 160 240 320 400
4 5s to Ks 50 100 150 200 250
Full house 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 6 12 18 24 30
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
3 of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
2 pairs 1 2 3 4 5
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5

The only regular prize that differs between this pay table and Ace on the Deal is the flush. This hand pays 6 coins per credit in 9 / 6 Double Double Bonus.

While this change doesn't seem like a big deal, it raises 9 / 6 Double Double Bonus' payback to 98.98%. That's 0.97% higher than 9 / 5 Ace on the Deal and 1.11% higher than 9 / 6 Double Double Bonus.

Comparison to Deuce on the Deal Pay Table

Earlier we covered how Deuce on the Deal and Ace on the Deal compare. Now we'd like to discuss more differences between their pay tables.

Here's a look at the Deuce on the Deal table based on a 10 credit max wager (5 coin base + 5 coin bonus):

Hand 10 coins Per coin payout
Natural Royal Flush 10,000 2,000
4 Deuces 2,500 500
Wild Royal Flush 125 25
5 of a Kind 50 10
Straight Flush 40 8
4 of a Kind 20 4
Full House 15 3
Flush 15 3
Straight 10 2
3 of a Kind 5 1

Given that this game is a Deuces Wild variation, it has major differences from Ace on the Deal.

For starters, you need to get at least a 3 of a kind to qualify for payouts. In contrast, Ace on the Deal offers payouts for both a 2 pair and high pair (jacks or better).

You'll also notice that there aren't any bonus payouts in Deuce on the Deal.

While you can form unique hands like 4 deuces and a 5 of a kind due to the wild deuces, you won't get bonus payouts for 4 of a kinds.

One more notable pay table difference is the natural royal flush (10,000 coins) and 4 deuces (2,500). You're eligible for these huge payouts as long as you wager the 10 coin max.

These big payouts are exciting, but they may lose your interest when considering the 10 coin bet and low payback (96.26%) of Deuce on the Deal.

Ace on the Deal Hand Probabilities

Below you can see your odds of forming each hand in Ace on the Deal:

  • Royal flush = 0.0054%
  • Straight flush = 0.042%
  • 4 aces w / 2 to 4 = 0.018%
  • 4 2s 4s w / A to 4 = 0.0087%
  • 4 aces = 0.051%
  • 4 2s to 4s = 0.022%
  • 4 5s to Ks = 0.094%
  • Full house = 0.69%
  • Flush = 1.13%
  • Straight = 0.68%
  • 3 of a kind = 6.87%
  • 2 pair = 9.68%
  • Jacks or better = 27.43%

The large majority of payouts come from high pairs, 2 pairs, and 3 of a kinds. It makes sense that you'll get jacks or better 27.43% of the time because you're receiving a guaranteed ace.

The guaranteed ace also boosts your chances of landing 4 aces (0.51%) when compared to other video poker games. This is really noticeable in how 4 aces with a 2 4 kicker occurs 0.018% of the time.

Where to Find Ace on the Deal Video Poker - Online, Offline, Free, or Real Money

We visited vpFREE2.com to search look for Ace on the Deal in the US and Canada. Unfortunately, their search tool doesn't cover Ace on the Deal.

Shackleford notes that he first saw Ace on the Deal in Las Vegas' Suncoast Hotel & Casino and Red Rock Casino Resort.

Of course, this was well over a decade ago, so we're unsure if both casinos still offer Ace on the Deal. But we're assuming that you can still find this video poker machine in Vegas.

Ace on the Deal isn't available at internet casinos or websites. This means you won't be able to play it for free or real money online.

Ace on the Deal Video Poker Strategy

The Three Standard Options For Learning Video Poker Strategy Include the Following:
  • 1Strategy chart
  • 2Video poker trainer
  • 3Hand analyzer

We'll cover how well each of these strategy methods applies to Ace on the Deal below.

Using a Double Double Bonus Strategy Chart for Ace on the Deal

Ace on the Deal isn't the world's most popular video poker machine, and there's no strategy chart dedicated specifically to this variant.

But the good news is that Double Double Bonus is a semi popular video poker game with an available strategy chart. And this chart applies to Ace on the Deal because the game is based almost entirely on Double Double Bonus.

Let's Look At the Double Double Bonus Strategy Chart Below, Which Should Get You Close To Optimal Ace on the Deal Strategy:
  • 1Royal flush
  • 24 As to 4s w / A to 4 kicker
  • 34 of a kind
  • 4Straight flush
  • 54 to a royal flush
  • 63 of a kind - aces
  • 7Full house
  • 8Flush
  • 9Straight
  • 103 2s to 4s
  • 114 to a straight flush
  • 12Pair of aces
  • 132 pair
  • 143 to a royal flush - JQK
  • 15Pair of kings
  • 163 to a royal flush - TJQ
  • 17Pair of jacks or queens
  • 184 to a flush
  • 193 to a royal flush - TJK, TQK, TJA, TQA, TKA, JQA, JKA, QKA
  • 204 to a straight - 89TJ, 9TJQ, TJQK
  • 21Pair of 2s 10s
  • 224 to a straight - 2345, 3456, 4567, 5678, 6789, 789T
  • 233 to a straight flush - 345, 456, 567, 678, 789, 89T, 89J, 8TJ, 8JQ, 9TJ, 9TQ, 9JQ, 9JK, 9QK
  • 244 to a straight - JQKA
  • 252 to a royal flush - JQ, JK, QK, JA, QA, KA
  • 264 to a straight - 9JQK, TJQA, TJKA, TQKA
  • 273 to a straight flush - Ace low, 234, 235, 245, 346, 356, 457, 467, 568, 578, 679, 689, 78T, 78J, 79J, 79T, 7TJ, 89Q, 8TQ, 9TK
  • 283 to a straight - JQK
  • 294 to a straight - 89JQ, 8TJQ, 9TJK, 9TQK
  • 302 to a straight - JQ
  • 311 high card - ace
  • 322 to a royal flush - TJ
  • 332 to a straight - JK or QK
  • 343 to a flush - 2TK through 8TK
  • 352 to a royal flush - TQ or TK
  • 361 high card - Jack, queen, or king
  • 373 to a straight flush - 236, 246, 256, 347, 357, 367, 458, 468, 478, 569, 579, 589, 67T, 68T, 69T
  • 384 to a straight - 2346, 2356, 2456, 3457, 3467, 3567, 4568, 4578, 4678, 5679, 5689, 5789, 678T, 679T, 689T
  • 39Discard everything

Practicing Ace on the Deal with a Video Poker Trainer

Video poker trainers are popular because they see you play games like normal, and the software points out correct and incorrect strategy decisions.

Here's An Example of A Trainer Pointing Out An Incorrect Decision:
  • You're dealt: 6c 5h Jd 8h Qc
  • You only keep Qc.
  • The trainer shows that this is a mistake.
  • The optimal play is to keep Jd and Qc.
Here's An Example of the Trainer Reinforcing A Correct Choice:
  • You're dealt: Ac Kd Ks Kc 10c
  • You hold the three kings.
  • The trainer points out that this is the correct decision.

The good thing about using a video poker trainer is that you'll gradually improve as you learn from mistakes. And you'll eventually memorize the correct way to play hands as you go.

We haven't found a free trainer that covers Double Double Bonus Poker. Instead, they only cover the most popular games like Bonus Poker, Deuces Wild, Double Bonus, and Jacks or Better.

This means you'll have to purchase a video poker trainer and customize the pay table.

The downside is that these programs cost anywhere from $35 to $55. The upside is that you can train on the correct Double Double Bonus / Ace on the Deal pay table.

Here Are A Couple of Video Poker Trainer Options on Amazon.com (Search For "Video Poker Trainer"):
  • WinPoker - $34.74 and up
  • Optimum Video Poker - $54.95

Using a Hand Analyzer on Ace on the Deal

A video poker hand analyzer is a nice alternative to spending money on a trainer.

These programs allow you to select video poker games, customize pay tables, and analyze how to play hands. Here's an example:

  • You choose Double Double Bonus Poker.
  • You make sure the pay table is customized just like Double Double Bonus / Ace on the Deal.
  • You set up the following hand: Qc 8c 5d Js Ah
  • You choose the Analyze button.
  • The analyzer shows that holding Qc and Js is the optimal play.

The only thing that a hand analyzer won't account for is the increased payouts on a royal flush, 4 aces, and 4 aces with a 2 4 kicker. But you should get close enough to optimal strategy as long as you set the full house (9) and flush (5) payouts correctly.

What's more is that you don't have to pay anything to use a hand analyzer. We found free versions at both WizardofOdds.com and VideoPokerTrainer.org.

The only downside to hand analyzers is that it takes a few seconds to set up hands. This makes these programs a poor choice for long term strategy needs in comparison to video poker trainers.

But they're great for when you're stumped on an individual hand and / or don't want to spend money on strategy.

Conclusion

Ace on the Deal is one of only two video poker variations we know of where you can guarantee being dealt a specific card.

All you need to do is wager a sixth coin and you'll receive at least one ace. This boosts your chances considerably of receiving a high pair or larger payout.

Betting the 6 coin max also gives you a chance at bigger prizes for a royal flush (4799 coins), 4 aces w / 2 to 4 kicker (3200), and 4 aces (2000).

If you've played Double Double Bonus Poker before, you won't have any trouble adjusting to Ace on the Deal either. The pay tables and strategy are both very similar.

The biggest downside to this game is that it's hard to find.

We searched vpFREE2.com, Google, and Bing and came up with nothing.

This isn't to say that Ace on the Deal machines aren't available somewhere in Las Vegas. But there aren't any reliable resources for finding this game.

If you can find Ace on the Deal, then we recommend playing. This machine has a unique guaranteed ace rule, and the extra cost to play is only one coin.

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