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Jacks or Better Strategy

Deuces Wild is easily one of the two most popular forms of video poker, along with Jacks or Better. You used to be able to occasionally find a full pay Deuces Wild game which actually paid out over 100% with perfect strategy. Sadly, those days are gone, and the best Deuces Wild games pay back approximately 99.73%. These machines are called Not So Ugly Ducks or Not So Ugly Deuces, abbreviated NSUD. There are probably at least 20 different Deuces Wild pay tables but I am only listing the five best below, starting with the Not So Ugly Deuces pay table. Any Deuces Wild machines that aren't listed below should be avoided because the pay back percentage is too low to waste your time playing. The quickest way to see if a machine is a NSUD machine is to see if the 5 of a kind pays 16 and the straight flush pays 10. But be careful, because one trick casinos use is to use those two payouts but reduce the flush to two instead of three.

The basic Deuces Wild strategy is included below the pay tables.

Hand Table 1 Table 2 Table 3 Table 4 Table 5
Natural Royal Flush 800 800 800 800 800
4 Deuces 200 200 200 200 200
Wild Royal Flush 25 25 25 20 25
5 of a Kind 16 15 16 12 15
Straight Flush 10 10 9 9 9
4 of a Kind 4 4 4 5 4
Full House 4 4 4 3 4
Flush 3 3 3 2 3
Straight 2 2 2 2 2
3 of a Kind 1 1 1 1 1
Approximate Pay Back % 99.73% 99.42% 99.23% 98.94% 98.91%

With the following hands, don't draw any cards:

Royal Flush

5 of a Kind

Straight Flush

Full House

Flush (Unless you have 4 cards to a Royal flush)

Straight (Unless you have 4 cards to a Royal flush)


Draw one card with these hands:

4 cards to a royal flush

4 of a kind

4 cards to a straight flush

4 card flush

4 card straight


You will draw two cards if you have any of these hands:

3 of a kind

3 card royal flush

3 card straight flush

3 Deuces


Draw three cards with these hands:

1 pair

2 cards to a royal flush


Draw four cards when you hold these hands:


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