The past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about video poker. So much that I have actually been contemplating writing about my vision of playing Deuces Wild in various different casinos, and creating a blog called ‘Chasing Deuces.’ Call it a vision, or just a gut feeling, but I have been feeling like I might just get lucky if I pay attention to the game, do my homework, and create a strategy and today my luck paid off, and I won enough money to pay off a credit card bill that was scheduled to be paid off before the summer.
When I first started playing video poker I was not a fan of this game. I would play Bonus Poker Deluxe, which would pay out $100 for four of a kind, with Jacks of Better as your lowest winning denomination. Since you need at least three of a kind on Deuces Wild, it felt like it was more difficult only I actually think it’s one of the best games, when it comes to excitement and gaining a competitive edge over the casino.
Accounting to several sources, Deuces Wild does provide a player an edge but that’s only when the player is making the mathematically correct choices. So you see, if you do your homework, and follow a strategy, you might just get lucky. Below are some rules to follow:
-Never let go of a deuce
-Never hold on to any single card unless it’s a deuce
-If you have four deuces on the first draw, keep the four and draw a new card. Discarding one and coming up with an Ace, can make a huge difference.
-If you have three deuces, start from the top and work your way down until you find the choice that applies to you:
-Keep a wild royal flush
-Keep five of a kind
If you have two deuces consider keeping a wild royal flush, five of a kind, straight flush, four of a kind, four cards to the wild royal flush, four cards to a straigh flush . . .
Otherwise, draw three new cards.
If you have only one deuce you keep a wild royal flush, five of a kind, straight flush, four of a kind, four cards to the royal, full house, four card straight flush, three of a kind, four cards to a straight flush with one gap, four cards to a straight flush with two gaps, keep A34 suited, A35 suited, or A45 suited always with the deuce, keep three cards to a royal with no ace, three cards to a royal with a flush with an ace, keep the deuce and draw four more cards.
If you have no deuces then you should keep a royal flush, four cards to a royal, a straight flush, four of a kind, full house, three of a kind, a flush, a straight, four cards to a straight flush, three cards to a royal flush, one pair, four cards to a flush, three card straighflush, TQ suited or JQ suited, four cards to a straight, or five new cards.
Of course, as much as one would like to say that gut feelings and hunches do not pay off, for some folks they do, so you need to follow your own intuitive guide. Only it helps to do the math and know the tips that pros know:
-Always hold a deuce
-Always prefer a pair to a four card straight or to a four card flush
Truth be told, when it comes to betting like a girl, the overall meaning is to do the math, but add your gut and whatever will be will be. If you feel you should ignore all the rules and tips then by all means, do so. You might just get lucky!
Photo taken 2/15/2018 by @SportSXMichelle after inserting $20, betting MAX and winning!