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Last Updated: June 28, 2016

20/12/9/5/3/2 Deuces Wild strategy


The following video poker strategy is for 20/12/9/5/3/2 Deuces Wild.

20/12/9/5/3/2 Deuces Wild

Hand Payoff
Natural Royal Flush 800
Four Deuces 200
Wild Royal Flush 20
Five of a Kind 12
Straight Flush 9
Four of a Kind 5
Full House 3
Flush 2
Straight 2
Three of a Kind 1

To use the strategy, locate the appropriate category based on how many deuces were dealt, then look up all of the reasonable ways to play a hand and choose the play that is highest on the list. While optimal strategy returns 98.9378%, the strategy presented below is the optimal "exceptionless" strategy, which returns 98.9376%.

No Deuces Dealt

  1. Royal Flush
  2. 4 to a Royal Flush
  3. 4 of a kind
  4. Straight, Flush, Full House, or Straight Flush
  5. 3 of a kind
  6. 4 to a Straight Flush
  7. 3 to a Royal Flush
  8. 1 pair
  9. 4 to a Straight: 4567, 5678, 6789, 789T, 89TJ, 9TJQ, TJQK
  10. 4 to a Flush
  11. 3 to a Straight Flush: 345, 456, 567, 678, 789, 89T, 9TJ
  12. 3 to a Straight Flush: 457/467, 568/578, 679/689, 78T/79T, 89J/8TJ, 9TQ/9JQ
  13. 3 to a Straight Flush: 589, 67T/68T/69T, 78J/79J/7TJ, 89Q/8TQ/8JQ, 9TK/9JK/9QK
  14. 2 to a Royal Flush: TJ
  15. 3 to a Straight Flush: 346/356, 347/357/367, 458/468/479, 569/579
  16. 4 to a Straight: 3456, 3457/3467/3567, 4568/4578/4678, 5679/5689/5789, 678T/679T/689T, 789J/78TJ/79TJ, 89TQ/89JQ/8TJQ, 9TJK/9TQK/9JQK, TJQA/TJKA/TQKA/JQKA
  17. 2 to a Royal Flush: TQ/JQ
  18. Discard everything

One Deuce Dealt

  1. Full House or better
  2. 4 to a Wild Royal Flush
  3. 4 to a Straight Flush: deuce + 567, 678, 789, 89T, 9TJ
  4. Flush
  5. Straight
  6. 3 of a kind
  7. 4 to a Straight Flush: all other not shown above
  8. 3 to a Wild Royal Flush: deuce + TJ, TQ/JQ
  9. 3 to a Straight Flush: deuce + 67, 78, 89, 9T
  10. 3 to a Wild Royal Flush: deuce + TK/JK/QK
  11. Deuce only

Two Deuces Dealt

  1. 4 of a kind or better
  2. 4 to a Wild Royal Flush
  3. 4 to a Straight Flush: deuces + 67, 78, 89, 9T
  4. Deuces only

Three Deuces Dealt

  1. Wild Royal Flush
  2. Deuces only

Four Deuces Dealt

  1. Four Deuces

Card Key

Card Abbreviations

Letter Card
T 10
J Jack
Q Queen
K King
A Ace