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Anything’s Wild Video Poker

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Anything's Wild is a video poker game I saw at the Mirage in December 2004. The game lets the player choose any rank as the wild card. The following 13 tables show the expected return for each wild card under the same pay table.

Deuces Wild

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Nat. Royal Flush 800 451860552 0.000023 0.018135
Four wilds 200 3569009976 0.000179 0.035810
Wild Royal Flush 25 36609589824 0.001837 0.045915
Five of a kind 16 62382255384 0.003130 0.050073
Straight Flush 13 114872455524 0.005763 0.074917
Four of a kind 4 1241518035276 0.062284 0.249135
Full House 3 418049590932 0.020972 0.062917
Flush 2 352876748868 0.017703 0.035406
Straight 2 1155483277524 0.057968 0.115935
Three of a kind 1 5569471452216 0.279406 0.279406
Nonpaying hand 0 10977946241124 0.550736 0.000000
Total 0 19933230517200 1.000000 0.967651

Threes Wild

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Nat. Royal Flush 800 456243312 0.000023 0.018311
Four wilds 200 3643421820 0.000183 0.036556
Wild Royal Flush 25 37551731520 0.001884 0.047097
Five of a kind 16 62789722080 0.003150 0.050400
Straight Flush 13 105056757912 0.005270 0.068516
Four of a kind 4 1251322561764 0.062776 0.251103
Full House 3 419772635520 0.021059 0.063177
Flush 2 354693082008 0.017794 0.035588
Straight 2 1066434333624 0.053500 0.107001
Three of a kind 1 5622356317584 0.282059 0.282059
Nonpaying hand 0 11009153710056 0.552302 0.000000
Total 0 19933230517200 1.000000 0.959808

Fours Wild

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Nat. Royal Flush 800 459018816 0.000023 0.018422
Four wilds 200 3702576576 0.000186 0.037150
Wild Royal Flush 25 38095028136 0.001911 0.047778
Five of a kind 16 63156965184 0.003168 0.050695
Straight Flush 13 96016466232 0.004817 0.062620
Four of a kind 4 1261005152124 0.063261 0.253046
Full House 3 421484136420 0.021145 0.063434
Flush 2 357586636632 0.017939 0.035878
Straight 2 974612205744 0.048894 0.097788
Three of a kind 1 5677573022904 0.284830 0.284830
Nonpaying hand 0 11039539308432 0.553826 0.000000
Total 0 19933230517200 1.000000 0.951641

Fives Wild

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Nat. Royal Flush 800 459790716 0.000023 0.018453
Four wilds 200 3766175124 0.000189 0.037788
Wild Royal Flush 25 38440133448 0.001928 0.048211
Five of a kind 16 63563472576 0.003189 0.051021
Straight Flush 13 86715307836 0.004350 0.056554
Four of a kind 4 1271931301356 0.063810 0.255238
Full House 3 423339210144 0.021238 0.063714
Flush 2 359568183984 0.018039 0.036077
Straight 2 878865092760 0.044090 0.088181
Three of a kind 1 5739477701004 0.287935 0.287935
Nonpaying hand 0 11067104148252 0.555209 0.000000
Total 0 19933230517200 1.000000 0.943172

Sixes Wild

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Nat. Royal Flush 800 459843552 0.000023 0.018455
Four wilds 200 3802407612 0.000191 0.038151
Wild Royal Flush 25 38652577704 0.001939 0.048478
Five of a kind 16 63740464368 0.003198 0.051163
Straight Flush 13 84227881104 0.004226 0.054932
Four of a kind 4 1275524388912 0.063990 0.255959
Full House 3 423225678660 0.021232 0.063697
Flush 2 355049302896 0.017812 0.035624
Straight 2 868040813880 0.043547 0.087095
Three of a kind 1 5742873215808 0.288105 0.288105
Nonpaying hand 0 11077633942704 0.555737 0.000000
Total 0 19933230517200 1.000000 0.941659

Sevens Wild

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Nat. Royal Flush 800 460168248 0.000023 0.018468
Four wilds 200 3765411444 0.000189 0.037780
Wild Royal Flush 25 38593238544 0.001936 0.048403
Five of a kind 16 63715104456 0.003196 0.051143
Straight Flush 13 84349016400 0.004232 0.055011
Four of a kind 4 1275336522492 0.063980 0.255922
Full House 3 423439931880 0.021243 0.063729
Flush 2 356814632424 0.017900 0.035801
Straight 2 860460381528 0.043167 0.086334
Three of a kind 1 5743219652604 0.288123 0.288123
Nonpaying hand 0 11083076457180 0.556010 0.000000
Total 0 19933230517200 1.000000 0.940714

Eights Wild

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Nat. Royal Flush 800 461018424 0.000023 0.018503
Four wilds 200 3740648604 0.000188 0.037532
Wild Royal Flush 25 38667927816 0.001940 0.048497
Five of a kind 16 63531969336 0.003187 0.050996
Straight Flush 13 85417992780 0.004285 0.055708
Four of a kind 4 1270557758016 0.063741 0.254963
Full House 3 422823361356 0.021212 0.063636
Flush 2 358551262740 0.017988 0.035975
Straight 2 869824813980 0.043637 0.087274
Three of a kind 1 5726140755876 0.287266 0.287266
Nonpaying hand 0 11093513008272 0.556534 0.000000
Total 0 19933230517200 1.000000 0.940348

Nines Wild

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Nat. Royal Flush 800 436824192 0.000022 0.017531
Four wilds 200 3709921320 0.000186 0.037223
Wild Royal Flush 25 37865570352 0.001900 0.047491
Five of a kind 16 63407737320 0.003181 0.050896
Straight Flush 13 86703336108 0.004350 0.056546
Four of a kind 4 1269248272344 0.063675 0.254700
Full House 3 422994828360 0.021221 0.063662
Flush 2 357826989852 0.017951 0.035903
Straight 2 871349635548 0.043713 0.087427
Three of a kind 1 5738078683032 0.287865 0.287865
Nonpaying hand 0 11081608718772 0.555936 0.000000
Total 0 19933230517200 1.000000 0.939244

Tens Wild

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Nat. Royal Flush 800 393720204 0.000020 0.015802
Four wilds 200 3796159368 0.000190 0.038089
Wild Royal Flush 25 13221856812 0.000663 0.016583
Five of a kind 16 64028276592 0.003212 0.051394
Straight Flush 13 107376213036 0.005387 0.070028
Four of a kind 4 1285632799416 0.064497 0.257988
Full House 3 425197817832 0.021331 0.063993
Flush 2 347170621272 0.017417 0.034833
Straight 2 873268395564 0.043810 0.087619
Three of a kind 1 5789597923608 0.290450 0.290450
Nonpaying hand 0 11023546733496 0.553024 0.000000
Total 0 19933230517200 1.000000 0.926779

Jacks Wild

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Nat. Royal Flush 800 393067032 0.000020 0.015775
Four wilds 200 3773769096 0.000189 0.037864
Wild Royal Flush 25 13118639712 0.000658 0.016453
Five of a kind 16 63781640424 0.003200 0.051196
Straight Flush 13 115307711124 0.005785 0.075201
Four of a kind 4 1276878611676 0.064058 0.256231
Full House 3 423302595576 0.021236 0.063708
Flush 2 343723454292 0.017244 0.034487
Straight 2 970366555980 0.048681 0.097362
Three of a kind 1 5728086756336 0.287364 0.287364
Nonpaying hand 0 10994497715952 0.551566 0.000000
Total 0 19933230517200 1.000000 0.935642

Queens Wild

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Nat. Royal Flush 800 393449652 0.000020 0.015791
Four wilds 200 3731480316 0.000187 0.037440
Wild Royal Flush 25 13088530968 0.000657 0.016415
Five of a kind 16 63512507304 0.003186 0.050980
Straight Flush 13 123202844604 0.006181 0.080350
Four of a kind 4 1269223020132 0.063674 0.254695
Full House 3 421510722588 0.021146 0.063438
Flush 2 339403130088 0.017027 0.034054
Straight 2 1063182661872 0.053337 0.106674
Three of a kind 1 5672982101184 0.284599 0.284599
Nonpaying hand 0 10963000068492 0.549986 0.000000
Total 0 19933230517200 1.000000 0.944437

Kings Wild

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Nat. Royal Flush 800 393481368 0.000020 0.015792
Four wilds 200 3667736256 0.000184 0.036800
Wild Royal Flush 25 13820361552 0.000693 0.017333
Five of a kind 16 63044238144 0.003163 0.050604
Straight Flush 13 131701303104 0.006607 0.085893
Four of a kind 4 1256118914280 0.063016 0.252065
Full House 3 419500642596 0.021045 0.063136
Flush 2 341257480824 0.017120 0.034240
Straight 2 1154820665700 0.057934 0.115869
Three of a kind 1 5607026979924 0.281290 0.281290
Nonpaying hand 0 10941878713452 0.548927 0.000000
Total 0 19933230517200 1.000000 0.953023

Aces Wild

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Nat. Royal Flush 800 394384164 0.000020 0.015828
Four wilds 200 3720809952 0.000187 0.037333
Wild Royal Flush 25 13887411816 0.000697 0.017417
Five of a kind 16 63252623448 0.003173 0.050772
Straight Flush 13 126245093508 0.006333 0.082334
Four of a kind 4 1261385592096 0.063281 0.253122
Full House 3 419569403436 0.021049 0.063146
Flush 2 338765453016 0.016995 0.033990
Straight 2 1139701344540 0.057176 0.114352
Three of a kind 1 5622536492340 0.282069 0.282069
Nonpaying hand 0 10943771908884 0.549021 0.000000
Total 0 19933230517200 1.000000 0.950363

The next table shows just the return for each wild card. As you can see the best choice is to make the deuces wild.

Return by Wild Card

Wild Card Return
2 0.967651
3 0.959808
4 0.951641
5 0.943172
6 0.941659
7 0.940714
8 0.940348
9 0.939244
10 0.926779
J 0.935642
Q 0.944437
K 0.953023
A 0.950363

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