6 Reasons Deuces Wild Video Poker Is Better Than Blackjack

Blackjack Game on Left Deuces Wild on Right

I play a lot of blackjack, so you need to understand that this post isn’t about blackjack games being bad in any way. In fact, if you put in the time to master certain aspects of blackjack, it might be a better game.

But for most gamblers, Deuces Wild video poker is better than blackjack. In this post, I will show you six reasons why Deuces Wild is better than blackjack and show you how to have the best chance to win every time you play Deuces Wild video poker. Number six is going to be a game-changer for most people reading this post.

1 – Smaller Bet Limits

The last time I played blackjack in a land-based casino, only one table had a $10 entry bet. All of the other tables had bet limits starting at $20 or higher. I know there are still a few blackjack tables around the country with $5 minimum bets, but the blackjack tables with the lowest bet limits usually have bad rules, like blackjack that only pays 6 to 5.

I walked over to the Deuces Wild machines in the same casino and quickly found a machine that accepted quarters and only cost $1.25 for a five-coin bet. This experience has been the same in almost every casino I’ve been in over the past several years.

You used to be able to find Deuces Wild nickel machines that only cost a quarter to play, but most of those machines have been replaced.

If you’re gambling online, it’s easy to find blackjack tables you can play for $1 a hand, and it’s still easy to find good Deuces Wild Video Poker that let you play five coins per hand at a nickel each for a total of a quarter.

Of course, smaller bet limits aren’t the only thing that matters when you gamble, but when two games have similar return percentages, a smaller bet limit is always better.

2 – Simple, Effective Strategy

When you play Deuces Wild video poker, the return you get depends on the paytable and how you play your hands. When you play your hands a certain way, you get the highest return possible. Playing your hands the right way is called Deuces Wild strategy.

Smart Deuces Wild players know exactly how to play each hand. And they make the same play on the same hands over and over because they understand that this is the only way to get the highest possible return.

Dueces Wild Video Poker Game

The top-paying paytable available in most casinos for Deuces Wild is called not so ugly ducks or not so ugly deuces, and the return is 99.73% when using the right strategy. A return of 99.73% is the same as a house edge of .27%.

Here’s how to see if the machine is using this paytable:

Look in the five-coin payment section to see what each hand pays. If it reads from top to bottom:

  • 4,000
  • 1,000
  • 125
  • 80
  • 50
  • 20
  • 20
  • 15
  • 10
  • 5

Then it’s the paytable you’re looking for.

The best news is you can find the complete strategy for this pay table on a strategy card that’s the same size as a playing card. You can buy one on Amazon or in a casinos merchandise or gift store. Once you have the strategy card, you always know the right play to make.

3 – Better Long-Term Odds

In the last section, you saw the return for a Deuces Wild machine with the right pay table and good strategy is 99.73%. While there are a few blackjack games with rule sets that give you a similar return, most blackjack games have a return between 98% and 99.5%.

It might not seem like a big difference to play with a return of 99.73% or 99%; over time, this adds up to a lot of money.

For example, if you wager $120,000 over the course of a year playing blackjack with a return of 99%, your losses will be $1,200. On the other hand, the same amount of money playing Deuces Wild at 99.73% return produces losses of only $324.

Look at a few numbers before you think that you’re never going to risk $120,000 on blackjack or video poker.

If you play blackjack at $10 a hand and play 10 hours a week, you’re risking around $10,000 every week. If you play video poker for the same 10 hours every week at $1.25 per hand, you’re risking around $5,000 every week.

4 – Straightforward Odds Calculations

Deuce Wild video poker uses exactly 52 cards. Knowing this is important because it makes it easy to determine how likely you are to improve your starting hand of five cards.

For example, if you have the king, queen, jack, and 10 of clubs, you have five chances to complete a royal flush. Any deuce or the ace of clubs completes your royal flush. And if you draw the nine of clubs, you complete a straight flush.

You also know the deck has 47 cards remaining in it, so six out the 47 cards give you a royal or straight flush, and another seven cards give you a flush.

Closeup of Video Poker Machine

You can quickly run the odds for any hand you’re drawing to using the number of cards that give you a paying hand out of the 47 cards you haven’t seen.

It’s a good skill to learn to run odds on cards, but it’s not necessary to do it when you play Deuces Wild if you’re using a strategy card. The strategy card already has the most profitable plays listed in order, so you never have to worry about the best way to play a hand.

5 – Nobody Else Playing

Sometimes when I gamble, I just want to be left alone. It’s easy to gamble by yourself when you’re playing in an online casino, but its’ not as easy in a land-based casino. So, for example, if you want to play blackjack, you’re almost always going to have to play at a table with other gamblers. And you’re always going to have to deal with the dealer.

But you can find a video poker machine where you can play by yourself, and you don’t have to talk to anyone. Sometimes a player will sit down at a machine close to you, but no rule says you have to talk to them.

I’ve also noticed that video poker machines aren’t as popular as they used to be, and unless they’re stuck between slot machines, I rarely have too many people around when I’m playing. Most people want to play slot machines, so they’re not looking for the same machines I’m looking for.

Sadly, most casinos only have a few good video poker machines, but you can quickly learn where the best machines are where you play regularly, so you don’t have to look around to find them.

6 – Simple Bonus Profit Calculations

In the third section, you saw how to determine how much you lose based on the return percentage of a game. As a review, multiply the amount you bet times the house edge, which you get by subtracting the return percentage from 100%.

With this information, you can look at the terms for any bonus you get for playing Deuces Wild to see if the bonus is valuable or not.

For example, you get offered a bonus to play Deuces Wild of $500 on a $500 deposit. You have to bet an amount equal to 100 times the deposit and bonus amount. The deposit plus the bonus is $1,000, so you have to bet $100,000 to clear the bonus.

Video Poker machines on Casino Floor

To determine how much you’re going to lose, multiply $100,000 times the house edge of .27%. Your expected loss is $270. Because your bonus is worth $500, this is an excellent bonus.

Sadly, most bonus offers aren’t this good. But you can use this exact system to determine if any bonus is worth taking. In addition, you can find Deuces Wild bonuses from time to time that let you make a small profit.

Our Thoughts on This Comparison

If the only thing you’re looking for is long-term advantage play and you’re willing to put in 100’s of hours of work, blackjack might be a better option than Deuces wild video poker. But if you’re looking for an easy way to play with a low house edge and have a chance to win now, Deuces Wild is the best option.

The key is playing on the machines with the right paytable. Fortunately, it’s easy to find the right pay table in online casinos. So with the right pay table, an online bonus, and a strategy card, you can be a winning Deuces Wild video poker gambler.