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Deuces Wild is a new table game I noticed at the Red Rock casino in Las Vegas in February, 2011. Not until after I analyzed it did I realize it was the same game that I analyzed in 2001 called Wild Hold 'Em Fold 'Em. It should not be confused with the video poker game by the same name. The table game is a simple poker variant, where deuces are wild, the player has two chances to raise or fold, and the player wins if he gets at least a pair of aces.
There was mention of a side bet on table signage, but it evidently was not ready at the time I was there.
- A standard 52-card deck is used, where deuces are wild.
- Player makes an Ante wager.
- The dealer gives the player three cards.
- The player may make a Play wager, equal to his Ante wager, or fold.
- If the player is still in then the dealer gives the player a fourth card.
- The player may make a Raise wager, equal to two times is Ante wager, or fold.
- If the player is still in then the dealer gives the player a fifth card.
- The dealer pays players still in according to the poker value of his five cards and the pay table below.
With the exception of a pair of aces, the Ante, Play, and Raise bets all pay according to the following pay table.
Deuces Wild Pay Table
|Natural Royal||1000 to 1|
|Four deuces||200 to 1|
|Wild royal||30 to 1|
|Five of a kind||20 to 1|
|Straight Flush||10 to 1|
|Four of a kind||4 to 1|
|Full House||4 to 1|
|Flush||4 to 1|
|Straight||3 to 1|
|Three of a kind||1 to 1|
|Two pair||1 to 1|
|Pair of aces *||1 to 1|
Note: A pair of aces pays 1 to 1 on the Ante, while the Play and Raise push.
Play Bet Strategy
The player should make the Play bet with any of these hands, otherwise fold.
- Any hand with a deuce.
- A pair or three of a kind.
- Three to a flush with an ace.
- Three to a straight flush.
The player will make the Play bet 38.1% of the time.
Raise Bet Strategy
The player should make the Raise bet with any of these hands, otherwise fold.
- Any hand with a deuce.
- Any paying hand (pair of aces, two pair, three of a kind).
- Four to a straight, flush, or straight flush.
- Low pair (3s-Ks) *.
Note: Making the Raise bet on a low pair is exactly a break-even situation. The player can expect to lose two units on average whether raising or folding. Personally, I suggest raising in such situations, because the player has already established that he is a risk taker by gambling in the first place.
If the player correctly made the Play bet then he will also make the Raise bet 97.7% of the time.
The following table shows the probability and return from all possible final outcomes. The 'pays' column shows the combined win for the Ante, Play, and Raise wagers. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 6.86%. The table is based on the player raising on 4-card hands with low pairs.
Deuces Wild Return Table
|Five of a kind||80||12,480||0.000240||0.019208|
|Four of a kind||16||631,040||0.012140||0.194244|
|Three of a kind||4||5,751,960||0.110659||0.442636|
|Pair of aces||1||2,371,356||0.045621||0.045621|
|Fold with three cards||-1||32,165,952||0.618824||-0.618824|
|Fold with four cards||-2||447,552||0.008610||-0.017220|
On average, the player will bet 2.13 units by the end of the hand. That makes the element of risk (the ratio of the expected loss to total bet) equal to 3.23%.
Written by: Michael Shackleford