It’s well known that Deuces Wild and some of it’s more exotic variations yield a very high return for accurate play. Regular Deuces Wild, for instance offers a payback of over 100.76%. The variation found at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas called both Deuces Pay 200 and Bonus Deuces improves to about 100.95%.
Perhaps the most intriguing variety however is known as Loose Deuces. Loose Deuces is a visual standout with a garish orange-red display hawking the 2500 coin payoff for four deuces (with 5 coins played.) There are several varieties of this game, all denoted by the five of a kind/straight flush payoff.
The most commonly found varieties are the relative low paying 12/8 (even this version pay 99.8%) the 12/10 (100.2%) version and the 15/8 (100.15%) game. The 15/10 version is harder to find, but at 100.97% is worth searching out. However the highest paying version of this game, the 17/10 version which returns an incredible -101.6%(!) now seems to be reappearing in Las Vegas. It has been found at least two casinos in Glitter Gulch and more may follow.
17/10 LOOSE DEUCES
|HAND||FREQUENCY||OCCURS EVERY n HAND; WHERE n =||PAYS (Bet = 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO TOTAL RETURN|
|FIVE OF A KIND||0.32%||315.26||85||5.39%|
|FOUR OF A KIND||6.51%||15.357||20||26.05%|
|THREE OF A KIND||28.47%||3.5124||5||28.47%|
There is a catch, however. This game is not only the highest paying flat-top around but also the most volatile. As the table shows, fully 12.4% of the payoff for this game is in the four deuces jackpot and the royal flush. So in between those two jackpots you are playing at a payback of 87.6%!
Worse than this, if you remove the often hard to get wild royal and five of a kind you are playing at 78%! This will obviously lead to some very mean losing streaks. You will generally need a wad of ‘Ben Franklins’ to play this game (which is only available in the quarter denomination.)
Basic changes from regular DW strategy.
Always draw to three Deuces (break up a Wild RF or 5 of a kind).
With two deuces, break up a four card straight flush.