How to Play Deuces Wild Video Poker

April 13th, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

Deuces Wild is a poker game developed for video poker. Video poker is a modern twist on traditional poker games. Video poker uses computerized machines that allow individual players to compete against the computer, rather then a table full of players. Many players prefer the solitude of the video poker machine over the sometimes nerve-racking poker tables

Deuces Wild video poker is a traditional five card game. Deuces Wild uses the standard rules for the suits with face cards being higher then number cards. However, Deuces Wild has the added thrill of a wild card. Every two dealt to a player is considered “wild,” and can be used to represent any card in the deck.

How Do I Play Deuces Wild Video Poker?

A player sitting in front of a Deuces Wild video poker machine can start a round by placing an Ante bet. The player can place their Ante bet by following the prompts on the screen. A player is required to place an Ante bet before each round of Deuces Wild, and the casino often places a minimum bet requirement for the game.

The Ante bet signifies the start of the round. Once the bet is placed, the dealer, (video poker machines use computers to automatically generate cards and act as the dealer,) will deal out five cards on to the screen. From here the player has two choices, he can raise his bet and continue with the hand or fold and loose his Ante. If the player chooses to ride out the hand, they must raise their Ante bet.

Once the player has raised his Ante bet he has the option of discarding up to four cards from his hand. The dealer will deal another set of cards to replace the unwanted set. The player is only given one chance to discard in Deuces Wild video poker. After the second round of cards has been dealt, the player will enter the final stretch of the game and must make a high card hand from what he was dealt, or loose his bet.

In order to win a hand of Deuces Wild, the player must be holding a pair of Jacks or better in their hand. However, if a player is holding a two number card from any suit, he can use that card to better his hand.

The player is paid out according to a pay structure determined by the casino based on the hand he is holding and the amount of his bet. If the player does not have a high card hand, he looses his entire Ante bet and any raise made.

How Does Betting Work in Deuces Wild Video Poker?

Video Poker uses a payout scale to determine the amount won for each hand of video poker. These structures are paid using a ratio. Typically that ratio falls in the 1:1 or 3:1 categories, but since the actual amount is up to the casino, it may vary.

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The Five Best Bets in the Casino

February 18th, 2010  |  Published in Casino Tips

Every game in the casino from Texas Hold ‘Em to the slot machines has a house edge. A house edge is how the casino ensures they keep some of their money and are able to stay in business. However, different games have a different house edge that can vary from less then one percent to five or more depending on the game. Knowing the best games to play in the casino with the lowest house advantage may help you walk away a winner.

The Five Casino Games with the Lowest House Edge

1. Video Poker- Video poker machines typically carry a house advantage of two percent or less, and some poker machines go as low as half a percent. You can determine the video poker machine’s house advantage by reading the payout scale. The payout scale is typically located on top of or near the poker machine. Occasionally the scale may be listed on the interactive menu.

2. Poker Tables- The poker tables may be the best seat in the house if a player is trying to beat the house edge. This is due to the fact that in the exception of a small sum removed from each pot, the house has virtually no advantage at the poker table. House winnings are completely up to the dealer and the luck of the draw. A highly skilled poker player can eliminate the house advantage at the table.

3. Blackjack- The blackjack table is another spot in the casino with a low house edge. Most blackjack tables carry a house advantage of less then one percent. By knowing the basic blackjack strategies, a player can reduce the house edge to half a percent.

4. Acting as the Banker in Pai Gow- At first glance, acting as the banker in Pai Gow does not seem that appealing, after all you have to pay a five percent commission to the house for the spot. However, the banker in Pai Gow collects on any player he beats, and if you are good at the game, the five percent commission is well worth it.

5. Baccarat- While Baccarat has a higher house advantage then blackjack or the poker tables; it is still one of the best bets in the house. Baccarat only carries slightly more then one percent on the house edge.

By playing games with a low house advantage a player has a better chance of walking away from the casino a winner, however, no player should play a game with high stakes until they are completely familiar with the rules and strategies.

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