Playing Without Wild Cards in Deuces Wild Video Poker
April 5, 2013
You'll be dealt at least one deuce a little over one-third of the time in Deuces Wild video poker. However, this means that you will not have a deuce in your hand about two-thirds of the time. A majority of your hands in Deuces Wild will not have a deuce, so you'll be playing without any wild cards. Most players who study wild card video poker games focus mostly on complicated scenarios involving one or two wild cards. However, to really get good at this kind of video poker, you should actually be focusing most of your energy on situations without any wilds in your hand.
Some people ignore situations without any wilds because they believe that they can play those spots just as they would in a game like Jacks or Better. Since most people base their non-wild video poker strategies on what would be correct in Jacks or Better, this seems like a sound method. However, it's actually very far from sound because the hand payouts are a lot different in Deuces Wild and other wild card video poker games. Instead of relying on a strategy that doesn't apply to Deuces Wild, we're going to show you a better way to play these spots without any wild cards in your hand.
To start with, you should always draw to four to a royal flush if you can, even if you have a made straight flush. All made hands of three of a kind or better should be kept, and you should never break a made hand to draw to a straight flush when you have no wild cards in your hand. Without a made hand of three of a kind or better, you should draw to four to a straight flush before you draw to three to a royal, and you should draw to three to a royal before you keep a single pair. Remember that because you can't make a hand with a single pair in Deuces Wild, the rank of your pair doesn't matter. Also note that you should never keep two pair.
From there, you should draw to four to a flush before you draw to four to a straight. Both of these draws should come before you just draw three to a straight flush, though you should draw three to a straight flush before you draw to a gutshot straight draw. With none of that available, you should draw two to a royal flush if possible, and outside of that, it doesn't matter much what you do.