Double Deuces

Double Deuces

Double Deuces Wild, or simply Double Deuces, is an older video poker machine that offers a large payout for 4 deuces.

This game is also unique because it still operates on coins. If you like classic casino games, then you'll enjoy Double Deuces.

But does this game offer enough to make it worth seeking in casinos?

Let's answer this question by looking at how to play Double Deuces, pay tables, payback, strategy, and where to find it.

The Basics of Playing Double Deuces Video Poker

If you've played Deuces Wild before, then you'll have no trouble with Double Deuces. The two games are virtually identical beyond one difference in the pay table.

Even if you haven't played Deuces Wild but have tried other games, the learning curve is quick for Double Deuces. You can see this below as we cover how to make bets and play hands in this game.

Betting Process

You can bet between 1 and 5 coins on Double Deuces Wild hands.

We Recommend Wagering the 5 Coin Max For Two Reasons:
  • 1The royal flush payout offers more value on a 5 credit win (4,000 coins) versus a 4 credit win (1,000) or less.
  • 2Betting 5 coins is the only way to achieve maximum payback due to the royal flush payout's large increase.
The three most common coin denominations in brick and mortar casinos include $0.05, $0.25, and $1.00. Double Deuces is a classic machine and is usually found on quarter denomination games.This puts your max bet at $1.25, which is standard in the video poker world.

Most low rollers will be fine wagering this much per hand. And Deuces Wild is one of the least volatile video poker games, meaning your bankroll will last a while.

Playing Hands


Here Are Steps For Playing Double Deuces Hands:
  • 1Select how many coins you wish to bet.
  • 2Choose Deal to receive your 5 card hand.
  • 3Decide what cards to keep and discard.
  • 4Choose Draw to replace discards with new cards.
  • 5Your final hand will be evaluated for any possible win.
  • 6Select Deal to start a new hand, or change your bet first.

Again, we recommend wagering 5 coins on every hand. If you follow our advice, then you won't need to worry about changing your bet after hands.

Onscreen Display

Double Deuces hearkens back to the video poker games of yesteryear thanks to its classic cabinet display.

You'll see a physical pay table that's lit up above the monitor. This differs from modern video poker machines, where the pay table is located onscreen.

This also creates a vintage look on the monitor, where you only see the cards, current coin denomination, and whether the hand is active or finished (game over).

The absence of the onscreen pay table creates lots of blue space on the monitor. This adds to the antique feeling of Double Deuces.

All of the buttons are listed on the cabinet below the monitor.

Here Are the Common Betting and Game Options You'll Use With This Game:
  • Bet - This button raises your wager by one coin every time it's selected.
  • Bet Max - Automatically increases your bet to the 5 coin max.
  • Deal - Begins dealing your initial 5 card hand.
  • Draw - Choose this when you've finished holding cards and making discards.
  • Credits - Shows how many coins you currently have in play.

Variations

Double Deuces is one of several variations of Deuces Wild.

Here Are Brief Descriptions of the Other Variants:
  • Deuce on the Deal

      You bet 5 coins plus an extra 5 coins (10 total) to guarantee that you're dealt at least one deuce. The natural royal flush pays 10,000 coins and 4 deuces pay 2,500 coins (on 5 credit bet).

  • Deuces and Joker Wild

      This game combines the four wildcards from Deuces Wild and the wild joker from Joker Poker. You win a 10,000 coin jackpot if you can get a hand with all 4 deuces and the joker.

  • Deuces Wild Double Double Bonus

      This game offers 5 bonus payouts for natural 4 of a kinds (no deuces). The largest payout is worth 2,000 coins (on 5 coin bet) for 4 natural aces with a 2 to 4 kicker.

  • Double Bonus Deuces Wild

      This game is similar to Deuces Wild Double Double Bonus. But the key difference is that its bonus payouts are centered on 5 of a kinds. You'll win a 2,000 coin payout for 4 deuces with an ace kicker.

  • Bonus Deuces Wild

      This is very similar to Double Bonus Deuces Wild, except 5 aces (400 coins) and 5 3s 5s (200) pay less.

The big difference here is that Double Deuces doesn't offer bonus payouts like these other games. Instead, it's much closer to the original Deuces Wild machine.

Payback and Pay Tables in Double Deuces Video Poker

As mentioned before, Double Deuces isn't a big change from Deuces Wild.

The key difference comes with the 4 deuces payout, which is worth 2,000 coins on a 5 credit wager. Deuces Wild pays 1,000 coins for the same hand.

Beyond this, the two games are near copies of each other. You'll see this below as we discuss Double Deuces' pay tables and later compare them to Deuces Wild.

Double Deuces Pay Tables

Double Deuces Wild features several pay tables. And the main aspects separating them include the payouts for a 5 of a kind and straight flush.

For example, the 16 / 11 pay table offers 16 coins per credit wagered for a 5 of a kind and 11 for a straight flush. All of the other payouts are the same in the following tables:

16 / 11 Double Deuces
Hand 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Natural Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
4 Deuces 400 800 1200 1600 2000
Wild Royal Flush 25 50 75 100 125
5 of a Kind 16 32 48 64 80
Straight Flush 11 22 33 44 55
4 of a Kind 4 8 12 16 20
Full House 3 6 9 12 15
Flush 2 4 6 8 10
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
3 of a Kind 1 2 3 4 5
16 / 10 Double Deuces
Hand 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Natural Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
4 Deuces 400 800 1200 1600 2000
Wild Royal Flush 25 50 75 100 125
5 of a Kind 16 32 48 64 80
Straight Flush 10 20 30 40 50
4 of a Kind 4 8 12 16 20
Full House 3 6 9 12 15
Flush 2 4 6 8 10
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
3 of a Kind 1 2 3 4 5
15 / 10 Double Deuces
Hand 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Natural Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
4 Deuces 400 800 1200 1600 2000
Wild Royal Flush 25 50 75 100 125
5 of a Kind 15 30 45 60 75
Straight Flush 10 20 30 40 50
4 of a Kind 4 8 12 16 20
Full House 3 6 9 12 15
Flush 2 4 6 8 10
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
3 of a Kind 1 2 3 4 5
15 / 9 Double Deuces
Hand 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
Natural Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
4 Deuces 400 800 1200 1600 2000
Wild Royal Flush 25 50 75 100 125
5 of a Kind 15 30 45 60 75
Straight Flush 9 18 27 36 45
4 of a Kind 4 8 12 16 20
Full House 3 6 9 12 15
Flush 2 4 6 8 10
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
3 of a Kind 1 2 3 4 5

Double Deuces Payback


Here Are Payback Figures For the Double Deuces Wild Pay Tables Listed Above:
  • 16 / 11 Double Deuces = 99.62% payback
  • 16 / 10 Double Deuces = 99.17%
  • 15 / 10 Double Deuces = 98.86%
  • 15 / 9 Double Deuces = 98.44%

The 16 / 11 game pays the most because it delivers 16 coins for a 5 of a kind, and 11 for a straight flush.

In contrast, 15 / 9 Double Deuces pays the least because it only offers 15 coins for a 5 of a kind, and 9 for a straight flush.

The 16 / 11 and16 / 10 tables both pay better than the average video poker machine. The 15 / 10 and 15 / 9 pay tables are reasonable in comparison to the average game.

Double Deuces Wild is one of the few machines we've seen that doesn't have a bad pay table.

Comparison to Deuces Wild Pay Tables

We covered how the biggest difference between Deuces Wild and Double Deuces is that the latter pays more for 4 deuces.

But now we'll look closely at two Deuces Wild pay tables to gain perspective on the big and small differences.

"Not so 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 50 75 100 125
5 of a Kind 16 32 48 64 80
Straight Flush 10 20 30 40 50
4 of a Kind 4 8 12 16 20
Full House 4 8 12 16 20
Flush 3 6 9 12 15
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
3 of a Kind 1 2 3 4 5
"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 50 75 100 125
5 of a Kind 15 30 45 60 75
Straight Flush 9 18 27 36 45
4 of a Kind 5 10 15 20 25
Full House 3 6 9 12 15
Flush 2 4 6 8 10
Straight 2 4 6 8 10
3 of a Kind 1 2 3 4 5

The Not so Ugly Ducks pay table (99.73% payback) offers 16 coins for a 5 of a kind, 10 for a straight flush, 4 for 4 of a kind, 4 for a full house, and 3 for a flush.

The payouts for 5 of a kind, straight flush, and 4 of a kind are exactly the same as some of the Double Bonus pay tables.

The Ugly Ducks pay table (98.91% payback) offers 15 coins for a 5 of a kind, 9 for a straight flush, 5 for a 4 of a kind, 3 for a full house, and 2 for a flush. This game also has some payout similarities in common with Double Deuces games.

But if we have to pinpoint more differences between Deuces Wild and Double Deuces, they come in the straight flush, 4 of a kind, and full house.

These payouts are all consistent in the Double Deuces tables we reviewed. But they can change in between Deuces Wild pay tables.

Ugly Ducks is a good example because it offers 9 coins for a straight flush, and 5 for a 4 of a kind. None of the Double Bonus tables we reviewed offered less than 10 coins for a straight flush, or more than 4 coins for 4 of a kind.

But overall, most of the differences between Double Deuces and Deuces Wild are small.

Hand Probabilities


Below You Can See The Chances of Each Hand Occurring in Double Deuces Wild:
  • Natural royal flush = 0.0022% probability
  • 4 deuces = 0.021%
  • Wild royal flush = 0.18%
  • 5 of a kind = 0.31%
  • Straight flush = 0.46%
  • 4 of a kind = 6.46%
  • Full house = 2.1%
  • Flush = 1.67%
  • Straight = 5.6%
  • 3 of a kind = 28.3%

The majority of your payouts will be made up of 4 of a kinds (6.46%), full houses (2.1%), flushes (1.67%), straights (5.6%), and 3 of a kinds (28.3%).

Deuces Wild and its variations are unique due to the high frequency of 4 of a kinds. Double Deuces isn't any different because getting these hands 6.46% of the time is quite frequent.

But the trade off is that you'll receive smaller 4 of a kind payouts than you would with a game like Jacks or Better (25 coins).

Where to Find Double Deuces Video Poker - Online, Offline, Free, or Real Money

Given its age and irrelevance in today's casino world, Double Deuces isn't widely available. But you can still spot this machine by doing some research.

We used vpFREE2.com, which offers search tools that let you scan different cities / regions for video poker machines.

Here Are the Steps We Took to Find Double Deuces Wild Machines:
  • 1Visit the "Casinos" tab at vpFREE2.com.
  • 2Choose the "Las Vegas" option.
  • 3Scan for Double Deuces Wild's abbreviation (DDW) among the casinos.

We found that El Cortez, Fremont Hotel and Casino, Jerry's Nugget Casino, Sam's Town, and South Point all offer this game.

What's great is that each casino features the 16 / 11 pay table, which is the highest paying version at 99.62%.

If you're a lower roller, then you'll want to focus on El Cortez, Fremont casino, Jerry's Nugget, and Sam's Town because these casinos all offer quarter denomination machines.

We used other search filters at vpFREE2.com and found that full pay Double Deuces is also available in other parts of Nevada.

This game isn't available in online casinos. And this doesn't look to change either because Double Deuces is an old video poker variation.

That means you can't play this machine for free or real money at online casinos.

Double Deuces Video Poker Strategy

You Have Two Options For Learning Double Deuces Video Poker Strategy:
  • 1Use a strategy chart.
  • 2Use a video poker trainer.

We'll cover both of these methods below and explain why a video poker trainer is the best route to go.

Deuces Wild Strategy Chart

We googled Double Deuces and were unable to find a strategy chart dedicated solely to this game.

But only one payout is noticeably different, so you can achieve near optimal strategy with a standard Deuces Wild chart.

When using the chart below, start from the top and scan down until you find your hand.

4 Deuces
  • 4 deuces
3 Deuces
  • Wild royal flush
  • 3 deuces only - discard any non pair
  • 3 deuces only - discard any 9s or less
  • 5 of a kind
  • 3 deuces only - discard any pair of 10s or less
  • 4 to a royal flush
  • Straight flush or less
2 Deuces
  • Wild royal flush
  • 5 of a kind
  • Straight flush
  • 4 of a kind
  • 4 to a royal flush
  • 2 consecutive suited cards
  • 2 deuces only
  • 2 consecutive suited cards
  • Full house or less
1 Deuce
  • Wild royal flush
  • 5 of a kind
  • Straight flush
  • 4 of a kind
  • 4 to a royal flush
  • Full house
  • 3 consecutive suited cards
  • 3 of a kind
  • Straight
  • Flush
  • 4 to a straight flush
  • 3 to a royal flush
  • 2 consecutive suited cards
  • 3 to a royal flush
  • Deuce only
  • 3 to a royal flush
  • 2 consecutive suited cards
  • 4 to an outside straight
0 Deuces
  • Natural royal flush
  • 4 to a royal flush
  • Straight flush
  • 4 of a kind
  • Full house
  • 3 of a kind
  • Straight, flush
  • 4 to an outside straight flush
  • Suited T J Q
  • 4 to an inside straight flush
  • 3 to a royal flush
  • Pair
  • Two pair
  • 4 to a flush
  • 4 to an outside straight
  • 3 to a straight flush
  • 2 to a royal flush
  • 4 to an inside straight
  • 2 to a royal flush
  • Discard everything else

Using a Video Poker Trainer for Double Deuces

The optimal way to learn Double Deuces strategy is by using a video poker trainer. These programs alert you to correct and incorrect decisions while you're playing.

Let's Look At an Example:
  • You're dealt: 3c 2s Jh 8d As
  • You hold 2c As.
  • The trainer alerts you to the mistake.
  • The best play is to only keep the 2c.
Here's Another Example:
  • You're dealt: 5s 2c 5c 8d 10d
  • You keep 5s 2c 5c.
  • The trainer shows that this is the correct move.

Video poker trainers are nice because you can play hands like normal and learn from mistakes. As you continue using the trainer, you'll get used to making the correct plays over and over.

The two options you have for trainers include free programs and ones that are for sale.

You'd ideally use a free video poker trainer because they don't cost anything. And Dagnammit.com offers a free trainer for Deuces Wild.

But the problem is that you can't customize the pay table to include the upgraded 4 deuces payout. This leads us to buying a program, which can cost up to $54.95.

The good thing about advanced video poker trainers is that you can customize pay tables. And altering the 4 deuces payout to 400 coins (per coin wagered) is an easy change.

But unless you're fully serious about playing Double Deuces for hours, we don't recommend purchasing a trainer. After all, you can just use a free trainer and achieve near optimal strategy.

If You're Still Interested, Though, Here Are a Few Advanced Trainers:
  • WinPoker - $34.74 on Amazon.com
  • Video Poker for Winners - $49.95 on VideoPokerforWinners.com
  • Optimum Video Poker - $54.95 on Amazon.com

Using a Hand Analyzer

One more option includes using a hand analyzer while you play.

This Method is Great For Two Reasons:
  • 1You can find free hand analyzers.
  • 2You can achieve optimal strategy on Double Deuces.

Hand analyzers let you choose a game and customize the pay table. In this case, we chose Deuces Wild and modified the 4 deuces prize to 400 coins.

From here, you can create individual hands and analyze how to play them.

Let's Check Out An Example:
  • You create a Double Deuces hand with 2h Kh 9c 6d 5h.
  • You click Analyze.
  • The program shows that the best move is to keep 2h.

This works as well as a customizable video poker trainer in terms of helping you achieve optimal strategy.

The only downside is that it's time consuming to enter your hand every round. Contrast this to a video poker trainer, where the game deals hands and you merely worry about playing.

But again, hand analyzers are free and they'll help you achieve perfect Double Deuces strategy. WizardofOdds.com has a free analyzer you can use.

Conclusion

Double Deuces adds a nice twist to Deuces Wild in that you get paid double for 4 deuces. This isn't a significant change, but it does add more excitement to landing 4 deuces.

What's more is that you won't have to reinvent the wheel on strategy or learn complicated new rules. Instead, Double Deuces is almost identical to the game it's based on.

Another advantage is that this machine offers high payback.

We found four Las Vegas casinos that have the full pay 16 / 11 version (99.62% payback). Add in a decent comp rate and you're looking at almost 100% payback with optimal strategy.

The one catch, though, is that conventional Deuces Wild strategy falls just short of perfection. But you can use a customizable video poker trainer or hand analyzer to account for the doubled 4 deuces prize.

One more thing worth reiterating is the classic feel of this machine. The pay table is presented above the machine while the monitor only shows cards.

This makes Double Deuces a good game for video poker players with a sense of nostalgia. It's also nice for anybody who likes upgraded payouts and higher payback.

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