Two Video Poker Games Worth Playing – Deuces Wild and Joker Poker Have High Returns

Two casino games that you’ll find in the Video Poker family are Deuces Wild and Joker Poker. They’re usually found on Bally’s Game King machines in addition to the Jacks or Better family of Video Poker games.

If they’re played using the correct strategy the return is over 98% for both games, hence, the edge to the casino is under 2%.

All winning hands double per each credit bet, except for the natural Royal Flush which pays 4,000 credits with the maximum of five credits bet. Thus, it is prudent to wager the maximum number of credits whenever you play any version of Video Poker.

Here are the specifics of both games:

Deuces Wild

The four Deuces (two’s) are wild, which means you can substitute the deuce to complete any winning hand. For example, if you have two aces and two deuces in your hand, you have four aces. Unlike Jacks or Better where a pair of jacks nets you a push, the smallest winning hand in deuces is three of a kind. Pay tables may vary between casinos. A common pay table listed below with max credits bet has a return of about 98.7%, which leaves the house edge at 1.3%:

3 of a Kind – 5

Straight – 10

Flush – 15

Full House – 20

Four of a Kind – 20

Straight Flush – 45

Five of a Kind -75

Wild Royal Flush – 125

Four Deuces – 1000

Natural Royal Flush – 4000

Simple Strategy

Hold any completed winning hand initially dealt unless you have more than 2 deuces, or you are one card away from a straight flush or higher. One or more deuces initially dealt should always be held.

Joker Poker

The Joker Poker deck contains 53 cards including one Joker, which is wild. You can substitute the joker to complete any winning hand. For example, if you have three aces and a joker in your hand, you have four aces. Unlike Jacks or Better where a pair of Jacks nets you a push, the smallest winning hand in this game is a pair of Kings. Pay tables may vary between casinos.

The common pay table listed below with max credits bet has a return of about 98.6% which leaves the house edge at 1.4%:

Pair of Kings or Better – 5

Two Pair – 5

Three of a Kind – 10

Straight – 15

Flush – 25

Full House – 35

Four of a Kind – 90

Straight Flush – 250

Royal Flush with Joker – 500

Five of a Kind – 1000

Natural Royal Flush – 4000

Simple Strategy

Hold any completed winning hand initially dealt with or without the joker.

Hold a natural Four of a Kind and discard the fifth card in hopes of being dealt the joker to complete a Five of a Kind for a much larger payout.

Blackjack Side Bets Are Bad Bets – Avoided Them While Playing

Most blackjack games in casinos today offer optional bonus or side bets. Once rare at a basic blackjack table they are becoming more and more widespread. The rational is simple because they carry a huge house edge. Anywhere from 3% to 20% or more compared to the 0.5% edge when playing straight up blackjack while using correct Basic Strategy. The bigger the edge, the more money the house makes.

The side bets do have an upside for the player in that all winning bonus wagers will pay out even if the player loses the original hand, and the large payouts are tempting. If you care to venture in, here are some of the most popular ones:

Twenty-One + 3

This side bet incorporates a little 3 Card Poker excitement into the mix in that your first two cards and the dealer’s up card are the determining factors. After you’ve made your BJ and optional Twenty One + 3 wagers, the combination of the three cards must equal a flush, straight flush, any straight, or three of a kind. The bet wins 9 to 1 on a six or eight deck game. The house edge is about 3%.

Royal Match 21

This one is based on your first two dealt cards:

Any two suited cards pay 2.5 to 1

A suited King & Queen (Royal Match) pays 25 to 1

A player Royal Match & dealer Royal Match in any suit pays 1000 to 1

The maximum bet allowed will vary between casinos. With the outcome based on your first two cards, the house edge is about 6%.

Bet the Set 21

This side bet focuses on your first two cards after you’ve made you’re blackjack wager and a Bet the Set wager. In some jurisdictions this bet is also known as Pair Square. If you are dealt any pair you are paid according to a pre-determined pay table based on the number of decks in play:

Single deck – pair pays 15 to 1

Double deck – pair pays 10 to 1, suited pair pays 25 to 1

Four, six or eight deck – pair pays 10 to 1, suited pair pays 15 to 1

Depending upon the number of decks in play and the pay table which varies between jurisdictions, the house edge varies between 5 & 6%.

Dealer Bust 21

Player wins if the dealer busts with various up cards showing. The winning payouts are paid according to the following table:

Bust with Ace up – Pays 10 to 1

Bust with 10 to K – Pays 4 to 1

Bust with 7 to 9 – Pays 2 to 1

Bust with 2 to 6 – Pays 1 to 1

The house edge is about 10% if the dealer stands on soft seventeen, about 8% if the dealer hits soft seventeen.

Over/Under 13

A player can wager on whether the total of his first two cards will be over, or under, 13. An exact 13 total always loses and Ace always counts as 1. The house edge for the Over 13 wager is 6.5 %, and for the Under 13, it’s 10 %. The side bet is usually offered on six- and eight- deck games.

Pair Square

A player wins if his or her first two cards are the same rank (such as a pair of 8′s). An unmatched pair (like an 8 of Clubs and an 8 of Hearts) pays 10 to 1. A matched pair (like a pair of 8′s of clubs) pays 15 to 1. The house edge is 10.6 %.

Super Sevens

In addition to your blackjack game bet, wager $1 that you will be dealt from one to three sevens resulting in the following payouts:

One seven pays 3 to 1

Two unsuited sevens pay 50 to 1

Two suited sevens pay 100 to 1

Three unsuited sevens pay 500 to 1

Three suited sevens pay 5000 to 1

The house edge is about 12% with no third card dealt and about 11% when a third card is dealt.

Lucky ladies

Here is a bet where any hand totaling 20 wins something. If you’re lucky enough to have a pair of Queens, you’ll win more, as the following pay table shows:

Pair of Queens with a dealer Blackjack – pays 250 to 1

Pair of Queens – Pays 25 to 1

Any suited 20 – pays 9 to 1

Any unsuited 20 – pays 4 to 1

The house edge is between 17 & 20 % depending on the jurisdictions pay table.

Always keep in mind that your bankroll is at a greater risk of a quicker depletion while playing blackjack games and making these tempting side bets.

Congratulations – You’re a Life Coach! Now What?

Starting your own business is exciting; especially entering the field of life coaching. You have recognized your ability to inspire others and have committed to bringing your gift to those who need your help. The biggest obstacle was figuring out what that gift is, and now that you have realized and embraced it, it is your responsibility to share it.

But how do you go from realizing your gift to packaging it so that you can bring a product (or service) to market?

Here are our top 5 tips:

Understand your client, who they are, where they socialize, and what their habits are. Understanding this, helps you know where to find them (either in person or online). Is your market local yoga enthusiasts? Then you know to spend your time getting to know yoga studio owners, and seeing if there’s a way to work together. Is your target market young moms who are struggling to balance being the best mom they can be, while also being the best partner they can be? Then your market is online, and you’ll find them on Facebook or Instagram, maybe even Pinterest – but you need to know when they’re online, so your messages have the most impact.
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