Double Bonus Deuces Wild

Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker goes for the maximum excitement that a video poker machine can possibly produce. With a wild card element in play, you have the opportunity to get extremely rare poker hands with relative ease. When you add in an aggressive bonus pay table, you have a game that really keeps the adrenaline flowing the entire time you're playing.

Jacks or Better is the most common form of video poker that can be found in casinos and online at top legit gambling websites. The payouts are based on the difficulty of receiving each hand, with the royal flush hand being the one that stands out well above the rest. Yet, Jacks or Better makes it extremely hard for a player to come up with a win that resembles a jackpot.

Video poker manufacturers usually create variations on Jacks or Better in one of two ways. They can adjust the pay table so that certain hands pay off more than they normally would if you were playing Jacks or Better. Or they designate certain cards as wild, meaning that they can be switched into any other card in the deck, a feature which brings rare hands much more within reach during gameplay.

In the case of Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker, you get a little bit of both of those variations. First of all, as you can tell by the name of the game, the four 2s in the deck are wild cards. With those wild cards, it's not out of the question for you to make hands that might normally seem out of your grasp, even a five of a kind.

As for the bonus element of the game, the pay table for Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker gives out more for certain rare hands than you would find in common Deuces Wild games. In fact, the aforementioned five of a kind hands are the ones that really take a jump on the pay table. Depending on which cards are involved, you can get up to a ten-times boost on your payout for a five of a kind.

Yet it's important not to get too carried away thinking that Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker is superior to other video poker games. The pay tables are adjusted to account for the increased payoffs and the presence of the wild cards.

In the end, the takeout that you can expect from the machine will be similar to most other games found in casinos and online, including Jacks or Better. And the bonus payout structure makes the game one of the more volatile versions of video poker around, meaning that your bankroll can experience wild up and down swings.

The following article will tell you everything you need to know about Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker. We'll talk about how to play basic video poker and what the wild card and bonus elements add to it. In addition, we'll look at pay tables, payback percentages, and strategy for this brand of video poker.

Playing Video Poker

If you are someone who has already played video poker with some regularity, you likely know the basics of gameplay that we'll discuss in this section. On the other hand, if you are new to the game, you'll be happy to know that it's an easy one to learn. This is especially true if you know the basics of five-card draw poker, which is the card game that video poker essentially mimics.

What you'll also be glad to learn is how video poker might just be the perfect casino game. It often gets lumped into the same category as slot machines because the machines usually occupy the same section. Indeed, video poker gives you the same self-contained play as you would find in a slot machine.

But video poker tops slot machines for many reasons. For one, you get to use some strategy in video poker. And you also know the probabilities of winning go into play since they are based on the probabilities found in a deck of 52 cards.

Slot machines don't offer those probabilities when it comes to their winning spins. On top of that, the large majority of video poker machines pay out at a higher level than even the most lucrative slot machines. With video poker, you are essentially getting the best of everything.

Now that you know all the good stuff, let's talk about how to play. Here is a step-by-step look at the process:

The Bankroll. If playing in a casino, you have to insert money or a redemption ticket into the machine to start playing. Those playing online will have to establish an account with the gambling website in question. Your bankroll will be determined by how much you put into the machine and what denomination you choose to play.

The Bet. It's important to bet the maximum five coins for each hand you play if at all possible. You can play one through four coins if you wish, but the payout odds for a natural royal flush hand (comprised of ten through ace of the same suit) jump considerably with the five-coin bet.

The Deal. Whether you're playing online at a website or at a machine in the casino, five cards will appear on your screen. You'll have one chance to improve upon the deal by discarding as many of your cards as you choose in an effort to make a winning hand. If the hand you have is already a winner and you don't want to change it, you can simply hold on to all five cards.

The Draw. The computer will replace your discarded cards with new ones from the same simulated deck that made the deal. At this point, the hand is over and will be scored by the computer inside the machine (or online). Any winning credits will be added to your bankroll.

Repeat or Quit. As long as you have credits remaining you can continue to play by repeating steps two through four. Alternatively, you can cash out at any time. If you run out of credits, you will have to replenish your bankroll to continue.

That's pretty simple, right? If you follow this process and know a little bit about winning poker hands, you're all set to go. Now you can learn about the special aspects of Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker.

Wild Card Play

A wild card is any card in the deck that has been designated beforehand as one that can be changed into any other that improves your hand the most. In the case of Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker, the wild cards are the four 2s in the 52-card deck. You'll want to see these in your hand as much as possible.

Let's take a look at a sample hand and how the wild cards change the game. Imagine that you received these five cards on the deal:

Two of Clubs, Two of Hearts, Seven of Hearts, Queen of Clubs, King of 
Clubs

In most forms of video poker, this wouldn't be the most exciting deal. You do have a pair of twos, which is probably what you would hold in the hopes of it improving.

But remember that the twos in Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker are wild cards. Look at that hand again and the possibilities that it creates. At the very least, you have a three of a kind since the two 2s can be paired up with any other rank.

Yet a closer look reveals that the queen of clubs and king of clubs are the seeds for a potential wild royal flush. The wild cards give you a lot of outs to that hand. You can get there with another two, the ten of clubs, the jack of clubs, or the ace of clubs coming up in the draw; five possibilities out of 47 left in the deck.

As such, the smart play is to keep the two wilds and the queen and king of clubs. Now imagine that you agree and this comes up on the draw:

Two of Clubs, Two of Hearts, Eight of Clubs, Queen of Clubs, King of 
Clubs

You didn't get the wild royal flush, but you did get another club. The two wilds can also be changed into clubs, which gives you a flush.

That hand gives you an idea of the flexibility that wild cards provide. They put hands into play that normally you could only dream of achieving, but you have to keep in mind that the pay tables are adjusted, discounting some of the hands that the wild cards help to achieve.

Bonus Play Pay Tables

The other main consideration you have to make concerning Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker is whether you like the structure of the Bonus pay table setup. A pay table explains to you what you can expect from each winning hand. It also lets you know what the best strategy should be for each particular hand.

Here is one of the most common pay tables that you will find among Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker games in casinos and online:

Hand

1 coin

2 coins

3 coins

4 coins

5 coins

Royal flush

250

500

750

1000

4000

Four deuces w / ace

400

800

1200

1600

2000

Four deuces

200

400

600

800

1000

Wild royal flush

25

50

75

100

125

Five aces

160

320

480

640

800

Five 3s 5s

50

100

150

200

250

Five 6s Ks

20

40

60

80

100

Straight flush

12

24

36

48

60

Four of a kind

4

8

12

16

20

Full house

3

6

9

12

15

Flush

2

4

6

8

10

Straight

1

2

3

4

5

Three of a kind

1

2

3

4

5

 

First, let's talk about how to read the pay table. Whatever your winning hand is, simply match it up to what bet you have made.

For example, a full house hand with five coins played would pay off 15 coins. The original bet of five coins is included in that amount, which means that the profit is 10 coins.

Without any context, it's hard to see what separates a Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker from other games. Let's provide that context by looking at a normal Deuces Wild pay table with no bonus involved.

Coins/Hands

1 coin

2 coins

3 coins

4 coins

5 coins

Royal flush

250

500

750

1,000

4000

Four deuces

200

400

600

800

1000

Wild royal flush

25

50

75

100

125

Five of a kind

15

30

45

60

75

Straight flush

9

18

27

36

45

Four of a kind

5

10

15

20

25

Full house

3

6

9

12

15

Flush

2

4

6

8

10

Straight

2

4

6

8

10

Three of a kind

1

2

3

4

5

 

You'll probably notice a couple things right off the bat when looking at this pay table. First of all, there is a distinction in the Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker in terms of what card is involved with a five of a kind. In the normal Deuces Wild table, all five of a kind hands pay the same.

In addition, all of the five of a kind hands (made possible with the wild cards) in Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker pay off more than in Deuces Wild. In Deuces Wild, the payoff is 15 to 1 for a five of a kind. In Double Bonus Deuces Wild, it's 20 to 1 for five 6s through kings, 50 to 1 for five 3s through fives, and 160 to 1 for five aces.

On top of all that, Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker allows for a bonus for four deuces, or wild cards, with an ace as the fifth card in the hand, or kicker. It pays off at a whopping 500 to 1. In Deuces Wild, all hands with four wilds pay off the same, regardless of the kicker, at 250 to 1.

From all of that information, you might think that Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker is the better of the two games. Yet you might be surprised to know that, on average, the pay table listed above for Deuces Wild produces a higher payout than the Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker game.

How is that possible? Well, you need to look toward the bottom of the pay table. You'll notice that a straight pays off on Deuces Wild at 2 to 1. On Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker, it's only an even-money payout, which means your bet is returned to you with nothing extra.

The fact is that this hand will appear often when you are playing video poker with wild cards. And every time it comes up, you won't quite be getting the full pay for it when you are playing Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker. That helps to even out the payback in the two games.

You also have to realize that the lower payouts for common hands make Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker what is known as a volatile game. This means your bankroll is susceptible to all kinds of swings in momentum.

You might have a better chance of picking up large winnings in a hurry because of the increased payouts for a five of a kind. But you also run a great risk of losing your entire bankroll if you can't achieve one of those high-paying hands early on in your session.

Payback Percentages for Double Bonus Deuces Wild Video Poker

Because of the probability factor that governs video poker and the pay tables that are involved, you can know going into play what the expected payback for any given machine might be. This comes from a figure known as the payback percentage. The payback percentage is a number that represents the average money that will be returned to the gambler during a given session.

For Example

If a payback percentage is listed as 98%, it means that the casino, or house, has an edge of 2 percent on the player. On average, $1,000 put into that machine would return the player $980, which makes for a $20 loss.

Yet the key words in that sentence are "on average." During a short video poker session, anything can happen. You might win a couple big hands right off the bat and walk away with a hefty profit, or you might have a hard time picking up good hands and lose most of your bankroll in a hurry.

In terms of the pay table that we listed above for Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker, the payback percentage is listed at 99.81%. That is a solid number. Usually, anything above 99% is considered an excellent payback and is a game that a gambler should not hesitate to play.

What you need to understand, however, is that there are other versions of Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker that you might encounter, either in a casino or online, which alter the pay tables from the one listed above. Usually, the bonus payout hands for the five of a kinds stay the same. On the middle level of the pay table is where the changes usually occur.

Most of the pay tables that you find for other versions of Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker will have payback percentages that come in slightly lower than the one listed above. This might not be much of a concern to you if you are only playing for a short time, but serious players should always seek out the game that gives them the best chance of earning the most money.

Coming up With Effective Strategy for Double Bonus Deuces Wild Video Poker

One thing we neglected to mention above in terms of payback percentages: They can only be reached if you are playing video poker without any mistakes. Every incorrect hold and discard that you make will bring down your expected percentage.

How do you know what holds are right and wrong? Well, in the middle of a video poker session, you might get away with an incorrect hold or two if the draw turns out your way. By the same token, a correct hold does not ensure that you will come up with a winning hand.

But, over time, making the right holds, according to the probabilities and the pay tables, will pay off. Perfect play can be difficult to achieve, however. And this is especially true with Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker, where the pay table is a bit quirkier than what you would find in typical Jacks or Better play.

Luckily, there are ways to overcome this and achieve perfect play. Here are two that we recommend.

Video Poker Training Software

You might be able to find a free software program that gives you access to a simulation of Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker. More than likely, however, you'll need to purchase one. The video poker trainers that can be bought generally include an option that allows you to customize the pay table and add wild cards if necessary.

When using a video poker trainer, you will be alerted when you make incorrect decisions. Many trainers also allow you to only play the most difficult hands, which would be the ones where it's a close call between two possible holds. Using a video poker trainer for a long period of time will eventually render perfect play second nature to you.

Strategy Charts

Strategy charts can be found online for just about every brand of video poker, including Double Bonus Deuces Wild video poker. These charts contain all the possible seeds of winning hands you might receive in the deal and rank them from most desirable to least. By looking at your own hand and finding where it ranks in the chart, you can then spot the inessential cards and discard them.

The best way to utilize a strategy chart is to memorize it. This isn't easy, especially in a game with wild cards and a lot of different combinations to remember. Still, memorization is preferable to bringing the chart into the casino with you, as that might slow your play down and lead to dirty looks from casino employees.

Advantages of Double Bonus Deuces Wild Video Poker

  • Wild cards bring rare hands into play
  • Bonus pay table allows for high payouts
  • Basic gameplay allows beginners to understand it

Disadvantages of Double Bonus Deuces Wild Video Poker

  • Extremely volatile action due to the bonus pay table
  • Wild cards don't automatically increase payback percentages
  • Need a large bankroll to play for a long time

Quick Tips for Playing Double Bonus Deuces Wild Video Poker

Play the Max: You might think that grabbing a natural royal flush (one achieved without the use of a wild card) is a long shot. You'd be right, but it is still a possibility. And if it comes up during play and you haven't bet the max, you'll be kicking yourself all the way home.

Don't Overplay the Common Hands: Remember that you are dealing with a wild card game and a bonus pay table. That means that basic hands like a three of a kind and straights don't have a lot of value. Always keep the option open for wild cards to come into play on the draw if at all possible.

Go Big or Go Home: You really need to hit those five of a kind hands to take full advantage of the bonus pay table. It might mean lessening your chances for a smaller payout to do so, but it's the only way you can survive in this game in the long run.

Conclusion

With both bonus and wild card aspects, video poker games don't get much more exciting than Double Bonus Deuces Wild. Those big hands will come your way eventually. The question is whether you have the bankroll, and the stomach, to wait for them to arrive. 

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