By Michael Kaplan
We all love to play video poker. It’s a fun, low-stress way to enjoy the venerable card game without having to wait for others to buy in or needing to outthink human opponents. Instead, you play against the casino and get to experience the action that comes with putting together straights and flushes and full houses.
No wonder, then, that there exists no shortage of poker variants programmed into video poker machines. The most common form is Jacks or Better, where you need a pair of Jacks in order to wrest a payout from the machine. But our favorite version is Deuces Wild.
One reason for the affinity is that we are suckers for games with wild cards. They allow you to build stronger hands and, hell, we all like to swing for the fences. More importantly, when Deuces Wild is played with what video-poker guru Bob Dancer classifies as “beginner strategy,” we can actually play at an advantage.
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