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Ask the Wizard #41
Dave from Yale, USA
Other than progressive games with a sufficiently large jackpot, no.
Thom from San Francisco, USA
I'm very skeptical of it. I go over some of the experiments on the topic in my craps appendix 3.
I'm going to assume the rest of the pay table is the same as full pay deuces wild. In this case (1) keep the two pair, (2) keep the deuce and both high cards.
Bob from Longmont, Colorado
If you read Dirty Poker by Richard Marcus, you'll likely be paranoid about collusion whenever you play with strangers. However, poker expert Ashley Adams answers this questions as follows:
I've played in nearly every public card room in Las Vegas and over 100 others around the country. At the lower limits I have never encountered collusion. Once in a 20/40 stud game, I thought that two players might have been colluding. I have heard that it may exist in the higher stakes games (about 20/40). But that typical tourist, playing 1/2 or 2/5 blind no-limit, or 10/20 or lower limit poker, is unlikely to ever encounter this.
Denis from Rochester, New York
You should keep the 10, J, and Q in the right positions unless you have a pat straight flush or a deuce. The expected value of this hand is about 28 times your bet, depending on the discards.
Jon from Danville, New Hampshire
The house edge, based on the money wagered, is 5.88%. Either way the house edge is 5.88% but with the half double you are only betting half as much. I would advise declining this bet.