Ace on the Deal Video Poker

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:

  1. You must wager all 5 credits in order to bet
    the sixth coin.
  2. You 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:

  • Choose your bet size; you can also wager an
    optional sixth coin.
  • Select Deal to receive your 5 card hand.
  • Decide what cards to hold and discard.
  • Choose Draw to replace discards with new
    cards.
  • The 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:

  1. Strategy chart
  2. Video poker trainer
  3. Hand 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:

  • Royal flush
  • 4 As to 4s w / A to 4 kicker
  • 4 of a kind
  • Straight flush
  • 4 to a royal flush
  • 3 of a kind – aces
  • Full house
  • Flush
  • Straight
  • 3 2s to 4s
  • 4 to a straight flush
  • Pair of aces
  • 2 pair
  • 3 to a royal flush – JQK
  • Pair of kings
  • 3 to a royal flush – TJQ
  • Pair of jacks or queens
  • 4 to a flush
  • 3 to a royal flush – TJK, TQK, TJA, TQA, TKA, JQA, JKA,
    QKA
  • 4 to a straight – 89TJ, 9TJQ, TJQK
  • Pair of 2s 10s
  • 4 to a straight – 2345, 3456, 4567, 5678, 6789, 789T
  • 3 to a straight flush – 345, 456, 567, 678, 789, 89T,
    89J, 8TJ, 8JQ, 9TJ, 9TQ, 9JQ, 9JK, 9QK
  • 4 to a straight – JQKA
  • 2 to a royal flush – JQ, JK, QK, JA, QA, KA
  • 4 to a straight – 9JQK, TJQA, TJKA, TQKA
  • 3 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
  • 3 to a straight – JQK
  • 4 to a straight – 89JQ, 8TJQ, 9TJK, 9TQK
  • 2 to a straight – JQ
  • 1 high card – ace
  • 2 to a royal flush – TJ
  • 2 to a straight – JK or QK
  • 3 to a flush – 2TK through 8TK
  • 2 to a royal flush – TQ or TK
  • 1 high card – Jack, queen, or king
  • 3 to a straight flush – 236, 246, 256, 347, 357,
    367, 458, 468, 478, 569, 579, 589, 67T, 68T, 69T
  • 4 to a straight – 2346, 2356, 2456, 3457, 3467, 3567,
    4568, 4578, 4678, 5679, 5689, 5789, 678T, 679T, 689T
  • Discard 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.