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Introduction

Wheel Poker is an easy-to-understand video poker variation. The player may play normally, if he wishes, in either three-play or five-play mode. However, if the player bets six coins per hand, then he will be eligible to spin the prize wheel if he gets a four of a kind on the draw.

Rules

Let's look at some screenshots from VideoPoker.com to help explain the rules. Here I was playing 5-play Bonus Poker, betting six coins per hand, for a total bet of 30 coins.

In the above image, I received four jacks on one of my hands. Before the game finished the other hands, I was prompted to press the "spin" button to determine my four of a kind bonus.

I pressed the "spin" button, and the wheel stopped on a bonus of 400 coins.

The game played out the rest of the hands. You can see I was paid 125+400=525 for the four jacks.

All games trigger the prize wheel on a natural four of a kind. In deuces wild, for purposes of the bonus, deuces are not treated as wild. In other words, a natural four of a kind, a wild five of a kind with one deuce, or four deuces would trigger the prize wheel.

Prize Wheel

Like most casino prize wheels, each slice on the wheel has what is called a "weighting." The sum of all the weights in this case is 154. The way such wheels are programmed is a random integer would be drawn from 1 to 154 and mapped to one of the slices on the wheel, with the weighting determining how many random number outcomes are assigned to it. This is also how single-line slot machine reels work as well.

The table below shows the weighting, probability, and return for each slice on the wheel. The lower right cell shows an average win of 427.922078.

Wheel Poker Prize Wheel

Win Weight Probability Return
100 5 0.032468 3.246753
150 8 0.051948 7.792208
200 18 0.116883 23.376623
250 26 0.168831 42.207792
300 21 0.136364 40.909091
400 26 0.168831 67.532468
500 22 0.142857 71.428571
600 7 0.045455 27.272727
800 9 0.058442 46.753247
1000 9 0.058442 58.441558
2000 3 0.019481 38.961039
Total 154 1.000000 427.922078

Return Tables

The following tables show the expected return for various video poker games and pay tables. I do not know if IGT, the maker of Wheel Poker, makes all of these available. The "pays" column shows the sum of the pay table win (per coin bet, based on a five-coin bet), and the average prize wheel win divided by 5. The return column is the product of the probability, win, and 5/6. The reason for dividing by 1.2 is the wins are based on a five-coin bet, but the player must bet six coins.

Wheel Poker — 8-5 Bonus Poker

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 496,856,976 0.000025 0.016617
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 1,959,853,680 0.000098 0.004097
FOUR ACES 165.58 4,199,759,088 0.000211 0.029073
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S 125.58 10,960,885,416 0.000550 0.057547
FOUR 5'S THROUGH K'S 110.58 32,967,003,156 0.001654 0.152410
FULL HOUSE 8.00 223,533,512,460 0.011214 0.074761
FLUSH 5.00 187,598,921,124 0.009411 0.039214
STRAIGHT 4.00 218,721,113,088 0.010973 0.036576
THREE OF A KIND 3.00 1,517,811,786,096 0.076145 0.190362
TWO PAIR 2.00 2,611,175,532,408 0.130996 0.218327
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,232,732,552,424 0.212346 0.176955
NOTHING 0.00 10,891,072,741,284 0.546378 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.995938

Wheel Poker — 7/5 Bonus Poker

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 497,556,156 0.000025 0.016641
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 1,971,881,640 0.000099 0.004122
FOUR ACES 165.58 4,198,476,828 0.000211 0.029064
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S 125.58 10,928,197,848 0.000548 0.057375
FOUR 5'S THROUGH K'S 110.58 33,805,593,456 0.001696 0.156287
FULL HOUSE 7.00 204,733,959,588 0.010271 0.059914
FLUSH 5.00 190,178,598,624 0.009541 0.039753
STRAIGHT 4.00 219,027,973,644 0.010988 0.036627
THREE OF A KIND 3.00 1,533,930,493,476 0.076953 0.192384
TWO PAIR 2.00 2,608,854,215,076 0.130880 0.218133
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,233,378,093,192 0.212378 0.176982
NOTHING 0.00 10,891,725,477,672 0.546410 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.987281

Wheel Poker — 6/5 Bonus Poker

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 496,351,296 0.000025 0.016600
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 1,991,067,036 0.000100 0.004162
FOUR ACES 165.58 4,166,145,300 0.000209 0.028840
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S 125.58 10,926,311,868 0.000548 0.057365
FOUR 5'S THROUGH K'S 110.58 33,804,406,140 0.001696 0.156282
FULL HOUSE 6.00 204,617,051,532 0.010265 0.051326
FLUSH 5.00 190,345,248,048 0.009549 0.039788
STRAIGHT 4.00 219,578,078,148 0.011016 0.036719
THREE OF A KIND 3.00 1,532,667,307,932 0.076890 0.192225
TWO PAIR 2.00 2,607,401,376,828 0.130807 0.218011
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,243,531,765,752 0.212887 0.177406
NOTHING 0.00 10,883,705,407,320 0.546008 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.978725

Wheel Poker — 8/6 Bonus Poker Deluxe

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 475,618,416 0.000024 0.015907
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 2,179,759,980 0.000109 0.004556
FOUR OF A KIND 165.58 49,943,289,120 0.002506 0.345730
FULL HOUSE 8.00 164,986,181,856 0.008277 0.055180
FLUSH 6.00 224,321,616,864 0.011254 0.056268
STRAIGHT 4.00 231,255,273,732 0.011601 0.038672
THREE OF A KIND 3.00 1,573,495,087,596 0.078938 0.197346
TWO PAIR 1.00 2,195,349,742,980 0.110135 0.091779
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,547,153,334,024 0.228119 0.190099
NOTHING 0.00 10,944,070,612,632 0.549036 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.995538

Wheel Poker — 8/5 Bonus Poker Deluxe

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 493,435,584 0.000025 0.016503
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 2,088,737,268 0.000105 0.004366
FOUR OF A KIND 165.58 50,259,425,292 0.002521 0.347919
FULL HOUSE 8.00 166,154,940,684 0.008336 0.055571
FLUSH 5.00 192,589,267,188 0.009662 0.040257
STRAIGHT 4.00 237,144,692,508 0.011897 0.039657
THREE OF A KIND 3.00 1,586,267,078,580 0.079579 0.198948
TWO PAIR 1.00 2,212,800,728,580 0.111011 0.092509
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,564,730,498,976 0.229001 0.190834
NOTHING 0.00 10,920,701,712,540 0.547864 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.986563

Wheel Poker — 9/7/5 Double Bonus

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 412,431,660 0.000021 0.013794
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 2,166,438,036 0.000109 0.004529
FOUR ACES 245.58 4,589,894,304 0.000230 0.047124
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S 165.58 10,787,886,096 0.000541 0.074679
FOUR 5'S THROUGH K'S 135.58 34,212,408,372 0.001716 0.193925
FULL HOUSE 9.00 162,716,657,364 0.008163 0.061223
FLUSH 7.00 262,997,359,584 0.013194 0.076965
STRAIGHT 5.00 285,765,633,792 0.014336 0.059734
THREE OF A KIND 3.00 1,547,604,571,020 0.077639 0.194099
TWO PAIR 1.00 2,140,982,816,220 0.107408 0.089506
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,295,266,714,152 0.215483 0.179569
NOTHING 0.00 11,185,727,706,600 0.561160 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.995146

Wheel Poker — 9/6/5 Double Bonus

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 472,141,872 0.000024 0.015791
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 2,125,984,488 0.000107 0.004444
FOUR ACES 245.58 4,618,032,300 0.000232 0.047413
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S 165.58 10,795,848,492 0.000542 0.074734
FOUR 5'S THROUGH K'S 135.58 34,369,667,628 0.001724 0.194817
FULL HOUSE 9.00 163,936,422,756 0.008224 0.061682
FLUSH 6.00 221,112,633,000 0.011093 0.055463
STRAIGHT 5.00 292,246,668,600 0.014661 0.061089
THREE OF A KIND 3.00 1,558,300,246,668 0.078176 0.195440
TWO PAIR 1.00 2,160,308,106,396 0.108377 0.090314
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,406,125,042,260 0.221044 0.184204
NOTHING 0.00 11,078,819,722,740 0.555796 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.985390

Wheel Poker — 9/7/4 Double Bonus

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 412,520,424 0.000021 0.013797
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 2,147,777,472 0.000108 0.004490
FOUR ACES 245.58 4,657,365,948 0.000234 0.047817
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S 165.58 10,798,385,148 0.000542 0.074751
FOUR 5'S THROUGH K'S 135.58 34,273,091,520 0.001719 0.194269
FULL HOUSE 9.00 163,435,137,480 0.008199 0.061493
FLUSH 7.00 280,707,468,084 0.014082 0.082147
STRAIGHT 4.00 221,336,095,656 0.011104 0.037013
THREE OF A KIND 3.00 1,560,144,498,312 0.078269 0.195671
TWO PAIR 1.00 2,169,451,444,392 0.108836 0.090697
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,361,842,018,908 0.218823 0.182352
NOTHING 0.00 11,124,024,713,856 0.558064 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.984498

Wheel Poker — 9/6/4 Double Bonus

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 477,823,800 0.000024 0.015981
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 2,170,179,924 0.000109 0.004536
FOUR ACES 245.58 4,692,461,688 0.000235 0.048177
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S 165.58 10,809,460,056 0.000542 0.074828
FOUR 5'S THROUGH K'S 135.58 34,487,723,784 0.001730 0.195486
FULL HOUSE 9.00 165,135,059,208 0.008284 0.062133
FLUSH 6.00 224,684,350,416 0.011272 0.056359
STRAIGHT 4.00 227,737,827,636 0.011425 0.038083
THREE OF A KIND 3.00 1,575,227,285,664 0.079025 0.197563
TWO PAIR 1.00 2,197,486,814,256 0.110242 0.091869
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,529,358,671,544 0.227227 0.189355
NOTHING 0.00 10,960,962,859,224 0.549884 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.974371

Wheel Poker — 9/6 Double Double Bonus

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 477,658,164 0.000024 0.015975
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 2,158,437,828 0.000108 0.004512
FOUR ACES WITH ANY 2,3,4 485.58 1,234,469,832 0.000062 0.025060
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S WITH ANY A,2,3,4 245.58 2,928,392,724 0.000147 0.030066
FOUR ACES 245.58 3,481,422,384 0.000175 0.035744
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S 165.58 7,882,253,616 0.000395 0.054565
FOUR 5'S THROUGH K'S 135.58 34,480,069,956 0.001730 0.195442
FULL HOUSE 9.00 165,191,873,904 0.008287 0.062154
FLUSH 6.00 224,571,241,668 0.011266 0.056331
STRAIGHT 4.00 226,656,242,616 0.011371 0.037903
THREE OF A KIND 3.00 1,575,859,207,128 0.079057 0.197642
TWO PAIR 1.00 2,198,263,021,704 0.110281 0.091901
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,526,270,967,276 0.227072 0.189226
NOTHING 0.00 10,963,775,258,400 0.550025 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.996521

Wheel Poker — 8/6/4 Double Double Bonus

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 477,646,812 0.000024 0.015975
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 2,162,173,668 0.000108 0.004520
FOUR ACES WITH ANY 2,3,4 485.58 1,234,354,248 0.000062 0.025058
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S WITH ANY A,2,3,4 245.58 2,928,379,308 0.000147 0.030066
FOUR ACES 245.58 3,481,038,480 0.000175 0.035740
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S 165.58 7,882,253,616 0.000395 0.054565
FOUR 5'S THROUGH K'S 135.58 34,476,291,804 0.001730 0.195421
FULL HOUSE 8.00 165,155,297,760 0.008285 0.055236
FLUSH 6.00 224,646,356,820 0.011270 0.056350
STRAIGHT 4.00 228,980,540,880 0.011487 0.038291
THREE OF A KIND 3.00 1,575,309,543,288 0.079029 0.197573
TWO PAIR 1.00 2,196,897,239,880 0.110213 0.091844
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,520,331,975,492 0.226774 0.188978
NOTHING 0.00 10,969,267,425,144 0.550301 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.989616

Wheel Poker — 9/5 Double Double Bonus

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 496,653,156 0.000025 0.016611
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 1,998,649,656 0.000100 0.004178
FOUR ACES WITH ANY 2,3,4 485.58 1,239,733,548 0.000062 0.025167
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S WITH ANY A,2,3,4 245.58 2,967,541,644 0.000149 0.030468
FOUR ACES 245.58 3,497,855,436 0.000175 0.035912
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S 165.58 7,997,739,060 0.000401 0.055364
FOUR 5'S THROUGH K'S 135.58 34,565,941,644 0.001734 0.195929
FULL HOUSE 9.00 166,206,146,724 0.008338 0.062536
FLUSH 5.00 199,842,965,928 0.010026 0.041773
STRAIGHT 4.00 226,655,274,084 0.011371 0.037902
THREE OF A KIND 3.00 1,586,910,350,748 0.079611 0.199028
TWO PAIR 1.00 2,214,111,066,444 0.111076 0.092564
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,548,361,445,856 0.228180 0.190150
NOTHING 0.00 10,938,379,153,272 0.548751 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.987582

Wheel Poker — 8/5 Double Double Bonus

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 496,463,760 0.000025 0.016604
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 2,017,005,420 0.000101 0.004216
FOUR ACES WITH ANY 2,3,4 485.58 1,238,524,776 0.000062 0.025143
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S WITH ANY A,2,3,4 245.58 2,967,162,516 0.000149 0.030464
FOUR ACES 245.58 3,493,922,784 0.000175 0.035872
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S 165.58 7,996,939,128 0.000401 0.055359
FOUR 5'S THROUGH K'S 135.58 34,554,699,552 0.001734 0.195866
FULL HOUSE 8.00 166,091,471,460 0.008332 0.055549
FLUSH 5.00 200,419,006,020 0.010055 0.041894
STRAIGHT 4.00 232,318,510,452 0.011655 0.038849
THREE OF A KIND 3.00 1,585,342,714,824 0.079533 0.198832
TWO PAIR 1.00 2,210,567,288,688 0.110899 0.092415
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,534,571,020,968 0.227488 0.189573
NOTHING 0.00 10,951,155,786,852 0.549392 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.980636

Wheel Poker — 9/7 Triple Double Bonus

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 404,353,272 0.000020 0.013524
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 2,169,539,040 0.000109 0.004535
FOUR ACES WITH ANY 2,3,4 885.58 1,403,350,536 0.000070 0.051956
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S WITH ANY A,2,3,4 485.58 3,439,365,996 0.000173 0.069821
FOUR ACES 245.58 2,955,733,356 0.000148 0.030346
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S 165.58 6,377,013,876 0.000320 0.044145
FOUR 5'S THROUGH K'S 135.58 32,326,387,608 0.001622 0.183235
FULL HOUSE 9.00 208,879,304,364 0.010479 0.078592
FLUSH 7.00 289,155,149,328 0.014506 0.084619
STRAIGHT 4.00 237,549,522,168 0.011917 0.039724
THREE OF A KIND 2.00 1,495,466,096,028 0.075024 0.125040
TWO PAIR 1.00 2,429,093,207,484 0.121861 0.101551
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,027,040,542,764 0.202026 0.168355
NOTHING 0.00 11,196,970,951,380 0.561724 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.995443

Wheel Poker — 9/6 Triple Double Bonus

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 473,880,792 0.000024 0.015849
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 2,137,044,432 0.000107 0.004467
FOUR ACES WITH ANY 2,3,4 885.58 1,405,319,856 0.000071 0.052029
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S WITH ANY A,2,3,4 485.58 3,449,191,632 0.000173 0.070020
FOUR ACES 245.58 2,981,934,540 0.000150 0.030615
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S 165.58 6,410,490,444 0.000322 0.044376
FOUR 5'S THROUGH K'S 135.58 32,569,439,088 0.001634 0.184613
FULL HOUSE 9.00 210,900,877,416 0.010580 0.079353
FLUSH 6.00 222,043,448,496 0.011139 0.055697
STRAIGHT 4.00 250,520,295,576 0.012568 0.041893
THREE OF A KIND 2.00 1,512,943,558,224 0.075901 0.126501
TWO PAIR 1.00 2,460,766,997,664 0.123450 0.102875
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,221,181,311,948 0.211766 0.176472
NOTHING 0.00 11,005,446,727,092 0.552116 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.984760

Wheel Poker — 9/5 Triple Double Bonus

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 492,858,240 0.000025 0.016484
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50.00 2,016,939,756 0.000101 0.004216
FOUR ACES WITH ANY 2,3,4 885.58 1,410,702,252 0.000071 0.052228
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S WITH ANY A,2,3,4 485.58 3,479,566,488 0.000175 0.070637
FOUR ACES 245.58 2,997,340,236 0.000150 0.030774
FOUR 2'S, 3'S, 4'S 165.58 6,500,249,676 0.000326 0.044998
FOUR 5'S THROUGH K'S 135.58 32,576,475,264 0.001634 0.184652
FULL HOUSE 9.00 211,442,867,820 0.010608 0.079557
FLUSH 5.00 204,095,151,144 0.010239 0.042662
STRAIGHT 4.00 255,474,217,044 0.012816 0.042722
THREE OF A KIND 2.00 1,518,550,580,376 0.076182 0.126970
TWO PAIR 1.00 2,467,822,812,624 0.123804 0.103170
JACKS OR BETTER 1.00 4,231,618,409,376 0.212290 0.176908
NOTHING 0.00 10,994,752,346,904 0.551579 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.975977

Wheel Poker — 25-16-10 Deuces Wild

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 456,485,484 0.000023 0.015267
FOUR DEUCES 285.58 3,984,953,448 0.000200 0.047577
WILD ROYAL FLUSH 25.00 38,516,948,880 0.001932 0.040256
FIVE OF A KIND WITH ONE DEUCE 101.58 6,909,955,872 0.000347 0.029346
FIVE OF A KIND 16.00 55,363,431,600 0.002777 0.037033
STRAIGHT FLUSH 10.00 92,291,298,768 0.004630 0.038584
NATURAL FOUR OF A KIND 89.58 34,273,754,400 0.001719 0.128362
WILD FOUR OF A KIND 4.00 1,246,199,978,496 0.062519 0.208396
FULL HOUSE 4.00 400,265,556,696 0.020080 0.066934
FLUSH 3.00 367,304,070,996 0.018427 0.046067
STRAIGHT 2.00 1,059,520,664,628 0.053153 0.088589
THREE OF A KIND 1.00 5,691,601,591,440 0.285533 0.237944
NOTHING 0.00 10,936,541,826,492 0.548659 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.984354

Wheel Poker — 25-15-9 Deuces Wild

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 456,720,672 0.000023 0.015275
FOUR DEUCES 285.58 4,018,106,964 0.000202 0.047973
WILD ROYAL FLUSH 25.00 38,694,467,808 0.001941 0.040442
FIVE OF A KIND WITH ONE DEUCE 100.58 6,912,716,784 0.000347 0.029068
FIVE OF A KIND 15.00 55,535,292,432 0.002786 0.034826
STRAIGHT FLUSH 9.00 89,722,855,476 0.004501 0.033759
NATURAL FOUR OF A KIND 89.58 34,264,097,148 0.001719 0.128325
WILD FOUR OF A KIND 4.00 1,249,372,538,208 0.062678 0.208926
FULL HOUSE 4.00 400,069,068,624 0.020070 0.066902
FLUSH 3.00 363,573,573,876 0.018240 0.045599
STRAIGHT 2.00 1,063,525,651,524 0.053354 0.088924
THREE OF A KIND 1.00 5,690,637,621,132 0.285485 0.237904
NOTHING 0.00 10,936,447,806,552 0.548654 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.977923

Wheel Poker — 20-12-10 Deuces Wild

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 446,997,732 0.000022 0.014950
FOUR DEUCES 285.58 3,934,734,780 0.000197 0.046978
WILD ROYAL FLUSH 20.00 34,399,824,096 0.001726 0.028763
FIVE OF A KIND WITH ONE DEUCE 97.58 6,893,726,496 0.000346 0.028124
FIVE OF A KIND 12.00 55,085,666,904 0.002764 0.027635
STRAIGHT FLUSH 10.00 101,285,637,840 0.005081 0.042344
NATURAL FOUR OF A KIND 89.58 34,251,101,628 0.001718 0.128277
WILD FOUR OF A KIND 4.00 1,242,816,080,976 0.062349 0.207830
FULL HOUSE 4.00 398,387,843,136 0.019986 0.066620
FLUSH 3.00 368,281,058,508 0.018476 0.046189
STRAIGHT 2.00 1,098,079,677,348 0.055088 0.091813
THREE OF A KIND 1.00 5,661,840,350,856 0.284040 0.236700
NOTHING 0.00 10,927,527,816,900 0.548207 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.966222

Wheel Poker — 25-16-13 Deuces Wild

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 442,622,820 0.000022 0.014804
FOUR DEUCES 285.58 3,893,607,000 0.000195 0.046487
WILD ROYAL FLUSH 25.00 34,800,192,072 0.001746 0.036372
FIVE OF A KIND WITH ONE DEUCE 101.58 6,891,192,336 0.000346 0.029266
FIVE OF A KIND 16.00 54,807,812,784 0.002750 0.036661
STRAIGHT FLUSH 13.00 108,516,776,460 0.005444 0.058977
NATURAL FOUR OF A KIND 89.58 34,231,348,200 0.001717 0.128203
WILD FOUR OF A KIND 4.00 1,238,104,780,512 0.062113 0.207042
FULL HOUSE 3.00 397,818,330,480 0.019958 0.049894
FLUSH 2.00 336,239,550,360 0.016868 0.028114
STRAIGHT 2.00 1,115,432,701,440 0.055958 0.093264
THREE OF A KIND 1.00 5,651,411,640,000 0.283517 0.236264
NOTHING 0.00 10,950,639,962,736 0.549366 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.965346

Wheel Poker — 9-4-4-3 Bonus Deuces

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 463,040,688 0.000023 0.015486
FOUR DEUCES WITH AN ACE 485.58 528,524,520 0.000027 0.010729
FOUR DEUCES 285.58 3,298,452,432 0.000165 0.039381
WILD ROYAL FLUSH 25.00 41,200,831,944 0.002067 0.043061
FIVE ACES WITH ONE DEUCE 165.58 591,058,236 0.000030 0.004092
FIVE 3'S, 4'S, 5'S WITH ONE DEUCE 125.58 1,775,661,396 0.000089 0.009323
FIVE 6'S THRU K'S WITH ONE DEUCE 105.58 4,591,724,448 0.000230 0.020268
FIVE ACES 80.00 5,957,313,984 0.000299 0.019924
FIVE 3'S, 4'S, 5'S 40.00 14,501,295,648 0.000727 0.024250
FIVE 6'S THRU K'S 20.00 38,170,310,616 0.001915 0.031915
STRAIGHT FLUSH 9.00 78,646,870,896 0.003946 0.029591
NATURAL FOUR OF A KIND 89.58 34,397,898,120 0.001726 0.128827
WILD FOUR OF A KIND 4.00 1,278,482,410,992 0.064138 0.213794
FULL HOUSE 4.00 405,422,335,224 0.020339 0.067797
FLUSH 3.00 364,442,991,600 0.018283 0.045708
STRAIGHT 1.00 811,241,613,672 0.040698 0.033915
THREE OF A KIND 1.00 5,875,097,042,772 0.294739 0.245616
NOTHING 0.00 10,974,421,140,012 0.550559 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.983677

Wheel Poker — 8-4-4-3 Bonus Deuces

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 463,158,432 0.000023 0.015490
FOUR DEUCES WITH AN ACE 485.58 545,742,804 0.000027 0.011079
FOUR DEUCES 285.58 3,239,084,688 0.000162 0.038672
WILD ROYAL FLUSH 25.00 41,368,306,824 0.002075 0.043236
FIVE ACES WITH ONE DEUCE 165.58 591,062,076 0.000030 0.004092
FIVE 3'S, 4'S, 5'S WITH ONE DEUCE 125.58 1,775,718,996 0.000089 0.009323
FIVE 6'S THRU K'S WITH ONE DEUCE 105.58 4,596,926,448 0.000231 0.020291
FIVE ACES 80.00 6,140,746,440 0.000308 0.020538
FIVE 3'S, 4'S, 5'S 40.00 14,441,076,144 0.000724 0.024149
FIVE 6'S THRU K'S 20.00 38,054,637,864 0.001909 0.031818
STRAIGHT FLUSH 8.00 77,285,505,816 0.003877 0.025848
NATURAL FOUR OF A KIND 89.58 34,402,718,868 0.001726 0.128845
WILD FOUR OF A KIND 4.00 1,279,417,622,208 0.064185 0.213951
FULL HOUSE 4.00 405,842,654,520 0.020360 0.067867
FLUSH 3.00 362,364,884,232 0.018179 0.045447
STRAIGHT 1.00 809,143,170,864 0.040593 0.033827
THREE OF A KIND 1.00 5,882,869,822,836 0.295129 0.245941
NOTHING 0.00 10,970,687,677,140 0.550372 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.980414

Wheel Poker — 13-4-3-3 Bonus Deuces

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 463,345,188 0.000023 0.015497
FOUR DEUCES WITH AN ACE 485.58 453,609,084 0.000023 0.009208
FOUR DEUCES 285.58 3,436,526,268 0.000172 0.041029
WILD ROYAL FLUSH 25.00 39,126,101,352 0.001963 0.040893
FIVE ACES WITH ONE DEUCE 165.58 589,679,820 0.000030 0.004082
FIVE 3'S, 4'S, 5'S WITH ONE DEUCE 125.58 1,768,357,428 0.000089 0.009284
FIVE 6'S THRU K'S WITH ONE DEUCE 105.58 4,554,960,432 0.000229 0.020106
FIVE ACES 80.00 5,188,848,696 0.000260 0.017354
FIVE 3'S, 4'S, 5'S 40.00 14,522,964,336 0.000729 0.024286
FIVE 6'S THRU K'S 20.00 37,003,610,736 0.001856 0.030940
STRAIGHT FLUSH 13.00 97,210,256,436 0.004877 0.052832
NATURAL FOUR OF A KIND 89.58 34,397,343,120 0.001726 0.128824
WILD FOUR OF A KIND 4.00 1,260,232,768,080 0.063223 0.210742
FULL HOUSE 3.00 403,503,519,744 0.020243 0.050607
FLUSH 3.00 379,674,536,184 0.019047 0.047618
STRAIGHT 1.00 824,547,863,736 0.041365 0.034471
THREE OF A KIND 1.00 5,826,406,511,508 0.292296 0.243580
NOTHING 0.00 11,000,149,715,052 0.551850 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.981355

Wheel Poker — 12-4-3-3 Bonus Deuces

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
ROYAL FLUSH 800.00 463,356,300 0.000023 0.015497
FOUR DEUCES WITH AN ACE 485.58 453,011,076 0.000023 0.009307
FOUR DEUCES 285.58 3,432,328,572 0.000172 0.040934
WILD ROYAL FLUSH 25.00 39,713,850,072 0.001992 0.041500
FIVE ACES WITH ONE DEUCE 165.58 590,211,852 0.000030 0.004140
FIVE 3'S, 4'S, 5'S WITH ONE DEUCE 125.58 1,769,654,724 0.000089 0.009314
FIVE 6'S THRU K'S WITH ONE DEUCE 105.58 4,558,015,296 0.000229 0.020149
FIVE ACES 80.00 5,202,932,832 0.000261 0.017400
FIVE 3'S, 4'S, 5'S 40.00 14,564,737,368 0.000731 0.024367
FIVE 6'S THRU K'S 20.00 38,215,830,240 0.001917 0.031950
STRAIGHT FLUSH 12.00 93,552,779,472 0.004693 0.046930
NATURAL FOUR OF A KIND 89.58 34,397,333,064 0.001726 0.128852
WILD FOUR OF A KIND 4.00 1,264,364,771,184 0.063430 0.211433
FULL HOUSE 3.00 403,596,694,944 0.020247 0.050618
FLUSH 3.00 375,633,027,204 0.018845 0.047113
STRAIGHT 1.00 815,021,073,684 0.040888 0.034073
THREE OF A KIND 1.00 5,836,599,262,260 0.292807 0.244006
NOTHING 0.00 11,001,101,647,056 0.551898 0.000000
TOTALS 19,933,230,517,200 1.000001 0.977582

Return Tables

The next table summarizes the 5-coin and 6-coin returns for all the above games. The right column shows the optimal number of coins to bet to maximize the return. Note that that player usually should bet the sixth coin, except with some deuces wild games.

Wheel Poker Summary

Game 5-Coin Return 6-Coin Return Best Bet
8/5 Bonus Poker 0.988487 0.995938 6
7/5 Bonus Poker 0.974644 0.987281 6
6/5 Bonus Poker 0.964528 0.978725 6
8/6 Bonus Poker Deluxe 0.980211 0.995538 6
8/5 Bonus Poker Deluxe 0.968084 0.986563 6
9/7/5 Double Bonus 0.981257 0.995146 6
9/6/5 Double Bonus 0.968720 0.985390 6
9/7/4 Double Bonus 0.967884 0.984498 6
9/6/4 Double Bonus 0.954612 0.974371 6
9/6 Double Double Bonus 0.981120 0.996521 6
8/6 Double Double Bonus 0.972851 0.989616 6
9/5 Double Double Bonus 0.969267 0.987582 6
8/5 Double Double Bonus 0.961006 0.980636 6
9/7 Triple Double Bonus 0.994874 0.995443 6
9/6 Triple Double Bonus 0.980704 0.984760 6
9/5 Triple Double Bonus 0.969529 0.975977 6
25/16/10/4/4/3 Deuces Wild 0.987291 0.984354 5
25/15/9/4/4/3 Deuces Wild 0.979461 0.977923 5
20/12/10/4/4/3 Deuces Wild 0.965915 0.966222 6
25/16/13/4/3/2 Deuces Wild 0.965136 0.965346 6
9/4/4/3 Bonus Deuces Wild 0.986415 0.983677 5
8/4/4/3 Bonus Deuces Wild 0.982638 0.980414 5
13/4/3/3 Bonus Deuces Wild 0.983555 0.981355 5
12/4/3/3 Bonus Deuces Wild 0.978793 0.977386 5

Volatility

The Prize Wheel increases the standard deviation significantly. For example, in conventional 5-coin 8/5 Bonus Poker, the standard deviation is 4.57. The standard deviation in the same game with the sixth coin bet is 7.84, measured in 5-coin bet units. In other words, increasing the bet by 20% increases the volatility by 72%.

More About Wheel Poker, article by Bob Dancer.

Acknowledgements

I would like to thanks J.B. for his assistance with gathering information about this game.

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