Deuces and Joker Wild Video Poker

Deuces and Joker Wild Video Poker

Deuces Wild and Joker Wild (a.k.a. Joker Poker) are two of the most popular video poker variations in casinos. And Deuces and Joker Wild is a combination of these games.

Deuces and Joker Wild features 5 wildcards, including four deuces and a joker.

This gives you an excellent chance to form wins on any hand. You can also win a jackpot worth 10,000 in this game.

Of course, no video poker variant is this generous without having a drawback or two. What are these drawbacks?

Find out as we cover Deuces and Joker Poker's playing process, pay tables, payback, where to find it, and strategy.

The Basics of Playing Deuces and Joker Wild Poker

You won't have any difficulty adjusting to Deuces and Joker Wild if you've played either Deuces Wild or Joker Poker.

The playing process is the same. The key difference is simply the combination of wildcards from both games.

What's nice is that you enjoy these advantages without making an additional bet.

We've seen many video poker variations that require a bonus wager worth 1 to 5 coins. But Deuces and Joker Wild keeps things simple with a standard bet.

Now that we've covered the basics, let's discuss the specifics of how you play this game.

Betting Process

You can wager between 1 and 5 coins per hand. We recommend betting the 5-coin max for two reasons:

  • 1It gives you more value on a royal flush win (4,000 coins), versus a 4-coin royal flush (1,000).
  • 2You're eligible for the 10,000-coin jackpot (5 wildcards).

The size of each coin depends upon where you're playing.

We found an online Microgaming version that allows you to adjust coin size from $0.25 to $25.00. This means that a 5-coin bet would be worth anywhere from $1.25 to $125.00.

Most land-based video poker machines have coin denominations ranging from $0.25 to $1.00. This places your max wager between $1.25 and $5.00.

Low rollers won't be comfortable risking $5.00 to $125.00 per hand. That's why we recommend scouting out machines to find one that suits your bankroll.

Playing Hands

The way you play Deuces and Joker Wild hands differs slightly based on the software maker. For this reason, we've listed the basic playing process along with additional steps that we've seen in online variations:

Basic Playing Process

  • 1Choose your bet size.
  • 2Click Deal to receive your cards.
  • 3Choose what cards to hold and discard.
  • 4Click Draw/Deal to replace discards with new cards.
  • 5The game will evaluate your final hand for potential wins.
  • 6Change your bet, or choose Deal to receive a new hand with the same wager.

Additional Steps in Some Variations

  • Double

    This option is available after a winning hand. The Double round sees you and the game flip over 1 card. The goal is to get a higher value card that wins, which doubles your prize. You lose the payout if your card is lower.

  • Collect

    Choose Collect if you want to take your prize without risking it on the Double round.

Onscreen Display

The big thing that's different about Deuces and Joker Poker compared to standard variations is the wildcards. This means that the onscreen display is similar to other video poker games.

Here are Deuces and Joker Wild's main onscreen features:

  • Bet One - Increases the amount of coins you wager by one every time.
  • Bet Max - Automatically bets the 5-coin max on each hand.
  • Plus/Minus buttons - Adjust your coin size.
  • See Pays/Rules - Check out the rules and/or a different view of the pay table.
  • Speaker - Turn the volume on or off.
  • Hold - Keep the cards you want during the draw round; non-held cards are discarded.
  • Pay table - The pay table is displayed above the cards at the top of the screen.
Variations

Again, Deuces and Joker Wild is a hybrid of Deuces Wild and Joker Poker.

Therefore, Deuces and Joker Wild isn't formatted to fit other popular video poker variants like Bonus Poker, Double Bonus, Double Double Bonus, Jacks or Better, and Triple Bonus Poker.

But this game does have multiple pay tables, which we'll cover in the next section.

Pay Back and Pay Tables in Deuces and Joker Wild Video Poker

Deuces and Joker Wild offers many of same payouts available in Deuces Wild and/or Joker Wild. But there are two key differences:

  • 1You can win a 10,000-coin jackpot in Deuces and Joker Wild.
  • 2Some of the payouts are lower.

The obvious reason why some payouts are worth less is to cover for the 5 wildcards and big jackpot.

The good news is that full pay Deuces and Joker Wild still offers competitive payback when compared to other games. This isn't always the case with many of the unique video poker variations we review.

Let's first look at this game's pay tables, then discuss how they compare to the Deuces Wild and Joker Wild's payouts.

Below you can see several different pay tables for this game.

The most unique aspect of these pay tables is that 4 deuces with a joker (5 wildcards) pays 10,000 coins. But you're only eligible to win this jackpot when you bet the 5-coin max.

The jackpot is the main difference in the payout structure between Deuce and Joker Wild, and Deuces Wild and Joker Wild.

Note that the following pay tables are separated by their five-of-a-kind and straight-flush payouts. For example, 9/6 Deuces and Joker Wild pays 9 coins for a five of a kind and 6 for a straight flush.

The one exception is 9/9/1 Deuces and Joker Wild, which pays 9 coins for a five of a kind, 9 for a straight flush, and 1 for a straight.

9/6 Deuces and Joker Wild

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
4 deuces & joker 10000
Natural royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
4 deuces (no joker) 25 50 75 100 125
Wild royal flush 12 24 36 48 60
5 of a kind 9 18 27 36 45
Straight flush 6 12 18 24 30
4 of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
Full house 3 6 9 12 15
Flush 3 6 9 12 15
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
3 of a kind 1 2 3 4 5

8/6 Deuces and Joker Wild

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
4 deuces & joker 10000
Natural royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
4 deuces (no joker) 25 50 75 100 125
Wild royal flush 12 24 36 48 60
5 of a kind 9 18 27 36 45
Straight flush 6 12 18 24 30
4 of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
Full house 3 6 9 12 15
Flush 3 6 9 12 15
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
3 of a kind 1 2 3 4 5

9/5 Deuces and Joker Wild

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
4 deuces & joker 10000
Natural royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
4 deuces (no joker) 25 50 75 100 125
Wild royal flush 12 24 36 48 60
5 of a kind 9 18 27 36 45
Straight flush 6 12 18 24 30
4 of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
Full house 3 6 9 12 15
Flush 3 6 9 12 15
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
3 of a kind 1 2 3 4 5

7/6 Deuces and Joker Wild

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
4 deuces & joker         10000
Natural royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
4 deuces (no joker) 25 50 75 100 125
Wild royal flush 12 24 36 48 60
5 of a kind 9 18 27 36 45
Straight flush 6 12 18 24 30
4 of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
Full house 3 6 9 12 15
Flush 3 6 9 12 15
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
3 of a kind 1 2 3 4 5

9/9/1 Deuces and Joker Wild

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
4 deuces & joker         10000
Natural royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
4 deuces (no joker) 25 50 75 100 125
Wild royal flush 12 24 36 48 60
5 of a kind 9 18 27 36 45
Straight flush 6 12 18 24 30
4 of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
Full house 3 6 9 12 15
Flush 3 6 9 12 15
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
3 of a kind 1 2 3 4 5
Comparison to Deuces Wild and Joker Wild Pay Tables

One of the biggest changes when moving from Deuces and Joker Poker to Deuces Wild and Joker Poker is the smaller payouts.

The Deuces Wild and Joker Wild games offer much better payouts as you move down the list. These hands occur more often, so you can expect higher payback and win frequency.

Let's look at the pay tables first, then note the differences.

"Ugly Ducks" Deuces Wild

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
Natural royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
4 deuces 200 400 600 800 1000
Wild royal flush 25 24 36 48 60
5 of a kind 15 18 27 36 45
Straight flush 9 12 18 24 30
4 of a kind 4 6 9 12 15
Full house 4 6 9 12 15
Flush 3 6 9 12 15
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
3 of a kind 1 2 3 4 5

18 Joker Wild (Kings or Better)

Hand 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins 5 coins
Natural royal flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
5 of a kind 200 400 600 800 1000
Wild royal flush 100 200 300 400 500
Straight flush 50 100 150 200 250
4 of a kind 18 36 54 72 90
Full house 7 14 21 28 35
Flush 5 10 15 20 25
Straight 3 6 9 12 15
3 of a kind 2 4 6 8 10
2 pair 1 2 3 4 5
Pair (Ks or better) 1 2 3 4 5

Deuces Wild has three more wildcards than Joker Poker. This is why Joker Poker offers extra payouts for a 2 pair and pair of kings or better.

But these games share a common bond in that they pay more than Deuces and Joker Wild for a wild royal flush, 5 of a kind, straight flush, 4 of a kind, and full house.

Joker Poker has the added benefit of paying you more for a flush, while also delivering the aforementioned 2 pair and pair prizes.

Deuces and Joker Wild Payback

Here are payback figures for the five Deuces and Joker Wild pay tables that we covered above:

  • 9/6 Deuces and Joker Wild = 99.07% payback
  • 8/6 Deuces and Joker Wild = 98.52%
  • 9/5 Deuces and Joker Wild = 98.35%
  • 7/6 Deuces and Joker Wild = 97.97%
  • 9/9/1 Deuces and Joker Wild = 96.06%

The pay tables ranging from 9/6 to 9/5 Deuces and Joker Wild all offer fair payback in comparison to other games.

Let's look at some Deuces Wild and Joker Poker variations to get some perspective:

  • Not So Ugly Ducks Deuces Wild = 99.73% payback
  • Ugly Ducks Deuces Wild = 98.91%
  • 25/15/8/4/4/3/2 Deuces Wild = 98.45%
  • 25/15/6/4/4/3/2 Deuces Wild = 97.64%
  • 18 Joker Poker = 98.94%
  • 16/8 Joker Poker = 98.59%
  • 17/7 Joker Poker = 98.44%

With regard to payback, Deuces and Joker Wild can compete with most other video poker games. But try to avoid the lower 7/6 and 9/9/1 pay tables if you can.

How 5 Wildcards Affect Payout Probabilities

Obviously, adding an extra wildcard to Deuces Wild improves your win frequency. This is especially true when considering that the lowest qualifying payout is still 3 of a kind.

But exactly how much do 5 wildcards improve your prospects? Let's look at probabilities between Deuces and Joker Wild and Deuces Wild for an answer:

9/6 Deuces and Joker Wild Hand Probabilities

  • 4 deuces & joker = 0.0008% probability
  • Natural royal flush = 0.002%
  • 4 deuces (no joker) = 0.015%
  • Wild royal flush = 0.28%
  • 5 of a kind = 0.55%
  • Straight flush = 0.74%
  • 4 of a kind = 8.13%
  • Full house = 2.66%
  • Flush = 2.90%
  • Straight = 6.61%
  • 3 of a kind = 28.48%

Ugly Ducks Deuces Wild Hand Probabilities

  • Natural royal flush = 0.002% probability
  • 4 deuces = 0.019%
  • Wild royal flush = 0.19%
  • 5 of a kind = 0.31%
  • Straight flush = 0.49%
  • 4 of a kind = 6.13%
  • Full house = 2.62%
  • Flush = 2.04%
  • Straight = 5.75%
  • 3 of a kind = 26.80%

Where to Find Deuces and Joker Wild Poker - Online, Offline, Free, or Real Money

Deuces and Joker Wild is one of the more popular alternative video poker games. And you can easily find it at online casinos and websites.

We played this game at FreeVideoPoker4u.com. We also found Deuces and Joker Poker at several casinos with Microgaming software.

The latter is great because Microgaming is one of the world's biggest internet gaming suppliers. This means that you'll easily be able to find this game for free and real money play.

Deuces and Joker Wild is one of the rare video poker machines that's harder to find in land-based casinos than it is online. But this game is still available in brick-and-mortar casinos.

Michael Shackleford (a.k.a. the Wizard of Odds) wrote that he's played Deuces and Joker Poker in Las Vegas' Tuscany Suites and Casino. Tuscany is located just off the Vegas Strip, near the Bellagio, Venetian, and The Mirage.

It's very likely that Deuces and Joker Poker is found at other brick-and-mortar casinos, too.

Deuces and Joker Wild Poker Strategy

The simplest way to learn Deuces and Joker Poker strategy is by using a strategy chart. But you can also have success by purchasing a video poker trainer and customizing a pay table.

Below, let's discuss both strategy methods for this game.

Deuces and Joker Wild Strategy Chart

Deuces and Joker Wild's strategy revolves around how many wildcards you have in your hand. This makes sense, too, because you want to improve your chances of getting the 10,000-coin jackpot and the 4 deuces payout.

When looking at the following strategy card, scan down until you find the best hand to keep.

Deuces & Joker: 4 Wildcards: 4 Wildcards

  • 1. Keep wildcards and discard non-wild

Deuces & Joker: 3 Wildcards

  • 1. Wild royal flush, 5 of a kind
  • 2. Keep wildcards and discard 2 non-wilds

Deuces & Joker: 2 Wildcards

  • 1. Wild royal flush, 5 of a kind, straight flush
  • 2. 4 of a kind
  • 3. 4 cards to royal flush
  • 4. Flush
  • 5. 4 cards to straight flush
  • 6. Keep wildcards and discard 3 non-wilds

Deuces or Joker: 1 Wildcard

  • 1. 4 cards to natural royal flush (discard wild)
  • 2. 5 of a kind, straight flush
  • 3. 4 of a kind, full house
  • 4. Flush
  • 5. 4 cards to wild royal flush
  • 6. Straight
  • 7. 4 cards to straight flush (no gap or 1 gap)
  • 8. 3 of a kind
  • 9. 4 cards to straight flush (other)
  • 10. 3 cards to wild royal flush (no ace)
  • 11. 3 cards to straight flush (no gap)
  • 12. 4 cards to straight (no gap)
  • 13. 4 cards to flush
  • 14. 3 cards to straight flush (1 gap)
  • 15. 3 cards to wild royal flush (w / ace)
  • 16. Keep wildcard and discard everything else.

0 Wildcards

  • 1. Royal flush
  • 2. 4 cards to royal flush
  • 3. Straight flush, 4 of a kind, full house
  • 4. Flush, straight
  • 5. 3 of a kind
  • 6. 4 cards to straight flush
  • 7. 3 cards to royal flush
  • 8. 4 cards to flush
  • 9. 2 pair
  • 10. 4 cards to straight (no gap)
  • 11. 3 cards to straight flush (no gap)
  • 12. One pair
  • 13. 3 cards to straight flush (other)
  • 14. Suited J 10
  • 15. 4 cards to straight (other)
  • 16. Suited Q 10, Q J
  • 17. Discard everything
Practicing Deuces and Joker Wild with a Video Poker Trainer

We recommend using a strategy chart because it's the easiest way to learn Deuces and Joker Wild. And you'll eventually memorize the correct moves after using a strategy chart for so long.

You also can't beat the price, because strategy charts are free.

But you can also use a video poker trainer if you're looking for another way to practice the game.

Video poker trainers are programs that see you play games like normal. And they alert you to both correct and incorrect decisions.

The one problem is that free video poker trainers only cover popular variations like Bonus Poker, Deuces Wild, Double Bonus, and Jacks or Better.

If you want to practice Deuces and Joker Poker with a trainer, you'll need to buy one with customizable features.

The reason is because you need to input the right pay table and rules into the trainer. Free versions don't allow you to do this.

Again, a strategy chart is a perfectly fine way to practice without spending money. But if you want to practice Deuces and Joker Poker with a trainer, here are a couple of options:

  • WinPoker - $34.95 on Amazon.com
  • Video Poker for Winners - $49.95 on VideoPokerForWinners.com

Conclusion

Wildcards add extra excitement to video poker because they always give you a chance to win something. And Deuces and Joker Wild takes these thrills to a new level by including 5 wildcards.

Many players will immediately be attracted to the prospect of a 10,000-coin jackpot. And the increased win frequency is another good element.

You only have to make a standard 5-coin bet to enjoy these features. Low rollers appreciate this because they can try a new video poker game without spending 6 to 10 coins per hand.

One more likeable aspect is that full pay Deuces and Joker Poker has solid payback at 99.07%.

The only weakness to this game is that it offers low payouts for a wild royal flush, 5 of a kind, straight flush, 4 of a kind, and full house.

We understand this, because sacrifices must be made to cover the 10,000-coin prize and high win frequency. But landing 4 deuces is much less exciting when you're only winning 25 coins per 1 credit wagered.

As long as you can put up with smaller payouts across the board, then Deuces and Joker Poker is one of the best alternative video poker variations that you'll find.

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