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This appendix shows the basic strategy for the Full Pay Deuces Wild version of Multistrike Poker. A Full Pay Deuces Wild game is characterized by paying 5 for a four of a kind. With optimal strategy the Multistrike version of Full Pay Deuces Wild has a return of 100.88%. This strategy was created using Frugal Video Poker, by Jean Scott and Jim Wolf. The return of this strategy should be very close to optimal, probably within about 0.02%.

The level 4 hand, and any hand after a free ride card, should be played the same as conventional Full Pay Deuces Wild. There are many sources for this strategy including my own simple strategy and optimal strategy.

This appendix shall show the level 1 to 3 strategies when the player did not get a free ride card. The level 1 strategy is for the first hand, level 2 for the second hand, and so on. The pay tables reflect the approximate expected value of each hand, including the value of all higher levels.

Level 1

"Frugal Video Poker" - Copyright 2000 - 2002, Wolf Gaming Software

MultiStrike Level 1 - EV:375.07

5 Credit Payoff Table:

    ROYAL FLUSH     4030
    FOUR DEUCES     1030
    WILD ROYAL       155
    FIVE of a KIND   105
    STRAIGHT FLUSH    75
    FOUR of a KIND    55
    FULL HOUSE        45
    FLUSH             40
    STRAIGHT          40
    THREE of a KIND   35

HANDS WITH 4 WILD CARDS

     1: Hold Only the Four Wild Cards

HANDS WITH 3 WILD CARDS

     1: 3 Wild + 2 Card Royal Flush (Wild Royal)
     2: 3 Wild + One Pair, 10 thru Ace
     3: Hold Only the Three Wild Cards

HANDS WITH 2 WILD CARDS

     1: 2 Wild + 3 Card Royal Flush (Wild Royal)
     2: 2 Wild + 3 of a Kind
     3: 2 Wild + 3 Card Straight Flush (Wild Straight Flush)
     4: 2 Wild + One Pair
     5: 2 Wild + 2 Card Royal Flush
     6: 2 Wild + 2 Card Straight Flush (6 thru 10:Open)
     7: Hold Only the Two Wild Cards

HANDS WITH 1 WILD CARD

     1: 1 Wild + 4 Card Royal Flush (Wild Royal)
     2: 1 Wild + 4 of a Kind
     3: 1 Wild + 4 Card Straight Flush (Wild Straight Flush)
     4: 1 Wild + 3 of a Kind
     5: 1 Wild + 2 Pair (Full House)
     6: 1 Wild + 3 Card Royal Flush (QJT)
     7: 1 Wild + One Pair
     8: 1 Wild + 4 Card Straight (Wild Straight)
     9: 1 Wild + 4 Card Flush (Wild Flush)
    10: 1 Wild + 3 Card Royal Flush (KJT, AJT, KQT, AQT, AKT, KQJ, AQJ, AKJ, AKQ)
    11: 1 Wild + 3 Card Straight Flush
    12: 1 Wild + 2 Card Royal Flush (JT, QJ)
    13: 1 Wild + 3 Card Straight (5 thru Q:Open)
    14: 1 Wild + 2 Card Straight Flush (6 thru 10:Open)
    15: 1 Wild + 2 Card Royal Flush (QT)
    16: Hold Only the Wild Card

HANDS WITH NO WILD CARDS

     1: Royal Flush
     2: 4 Card Royal Flush
     3: Straight Flush
     4: 4 of a Kind
     5: Full House
     6: 3 of a Kind
     7: Flush
     8: Straight
     9: 4 Card Straight Flush
    10: One Pair
    11: 3 Card Royal Flush
    12: 4 Card Flush
    13: 4 Card Straight (4 thru K:Open)
    14: 3 Card Straight Flush (5 thru J:Open)
    15: Hold None

Level 2

"Frugal Video Poker" - Copyright 2000 - 2002, Wolf Gaming Software

MultiStrike Level 2 - EV:283.32

5 Credit Payoff Table:

    ROYAL FLUSH     4020
    FOUR DEUCES     1020
    WILD ROYAL       145
    FIVE of a KIND    95
    STRAIGHT FLUSH    65
    FOUR of a KIND    45
    FULL HOUSE        35
    FLUSH             30
    STRAIGHT          30
    THREE of a KIND   25

HANDS WITH 4 WILD CARDS

     1: Hold Only the Four Wild Cards

HANDS WITH 3 WILD CARDS

     1: 3 Wild + 2 Card Royal Flush (Wild Royal)
     2: 3 Wild + One Pair, 10 thru Ace
     3: Hold Only the Three Wild Cards

HANDS WITH 2 WILD CARDS

     1: 2 Wild + 3 Card Royal Flush (Wild Royal)
     2: 2 Wild + 3 of a Kind
     3: 2 Wild + 3 Card Straight Flush (Wild Straight Flush)
     4: 2 Wild + One Pair
     5: 2 Wild + 2 Card Royal Flush
     6: 2 Wild + 2 Card Straight Flush (6 thru 10:Open)
     7: Hold Only the Two Wild Cards

HANDS WITH 1 WILD CARD

     1: 1 Wild + 4 Card Royal Flush (Wild Royal)
     2: 1 Wild + 4 of a Kind
     3: 1 Wild + 4 Card Straight Flush (Wild Straight Flush)
     4: 1 Wild + 3 of a Kind
     5: 1 Wild + 2 Pair (Full House)
     6: 1 Wild + 3 Card Royal Flush (QJT, KJT, KQT, KQJ)
     7: 1 Wild + One Pair
     8: 1 Wild + 4 Card Straight (Wild Straight)
     9: 1 Wild + 4 Card Flush (Wild Flush)
    10: 1 Wild + 3 Card Royal Flush (AJT, AQT, AKT, AQJ, AKJ, AKQ)
    11: 1 Wild + 3 Card Straight Flush
    12: 1 Wild + 2 Card Royal Flush (JT, QJ)
    13: 1 Wild + 3 Card Straight (5 thru Q:Open)
    14: 1 Wild + 2 Card Royal Flush (QT)
    15: 1 Wild + 2 Card Straight Flush (6 thru 10:Open)
    16: Hold Only the Wild Card

HANDS WITH NO WILD CARDS

     1: Royal Flush
     2: 4 Card Royal Flush
     3: Straight Flush
     4: 4 of a Kind
     5: Full House
     6: 3 of a Kind
     7: Flush
     8: Straight
     9: 4 Card Straight Flush
    10: 3 Card Royal Flush (QJT, KJT, KQT, KQJ)
    11: One Pair
    12: 3 Card Royal Flush (AJT, AQT, AKT, AQJ, AKJ, AKQ)
    13: 4 Card Flush
    14: 4 Card Straight (4 thru K:Open)
    15: 3 Card Straight Flush (5 thru J:Open)
    16: Hold None

Level 3

"Frugal Video Poker" - Copyright 2000 - 2002, Wolf Gaming Software

MultiStrike Level 3 - EV:191.84

5 Credit Payoff Table:

    ROYAL FLUSH     4010
    FOUR DEUCES     1010
    WILD ROYAL       135
    FIVE of a KIND    85
    STRAIGHT FLUSH    55
    FOUR of a KIND    35
    FULL HOUSE        25
    FLUSH             20
    STRAIGHT          20
    THREE of a KIND   15

HANDS WITH 4 WILD CARDS

     1: Hold Only the Four Wild Cards

HANDS WITH 3 WILD CARDS

     1: 3 Wild + 2 Card Royal Flush (Wild Royal)
     2: 3 Wild + One Pair, 10 thru Ace
     3: Hold Only the Three Wild Cards

HANDS WITH 2 WILD CARDS

     1: 2 Wild + 3 Card Royal Flush (Wild Royal)
     2: 2 Wild + 3 of a Kind
     3: 2 Wild + 3 Card Straight Flush (Wild Straight Flush)
     4: 2 Wild + One Pair
     5: 2 Wild + 2 Card Royal Flush
     6: 2 Wild + 2 Card Straight Flush (6 thru 10:Open)
     7: Hold Only the Two Wild Cards

HANDS WITH 1 WILD CARD

     1: 1 Wild + 4 Card Royal Flush (Wild Royal)
     2: 1 Wild + 4 of a Kind
     3: 1 Wild + 4 Card Straight Flush (Wild Straight Flush)
     4: 1 Wild + 3 of a Kind
     5: 1 Wild + 3 Card Royal Flush
     6: 1 Wild + 2 Pair (Full House)
     7: 1 Wild + One Pair
     8: 1 Wild + 4 Card Straight (Wild Straight)
     9: 1 Wild + 4 Card Flush (Wild Flush)
    10: 1 Wild + 3 Card Straight Flush
    11: 1 Wild + 2 Card Royal Flush (JT, QT, QJ)
    12: 1 Wild + 3 Card Straight (5 thru Q:Open)
    13: 1 Wild + 2 Card Straight Flush (6 thru 10:Open)
    14: 1 Wild + 2 Card Royal Flush (KT)
    15: Hold Only the Wild Card

HANDS WITH NO WILD CARDS

     1: Royal Flush
     2: 4 Card Royal Flush
     3: Straight Flush
     4: 4 of a Kind
     5: Full House
     6: 3 of a Kind
     7: Flush
     8: Straight
     9: 4 Card Straight Flush
    10: 3 Card Royal Flush
    11: One Pair
    12: 4 Card Flush
    13: 4 Card Straight (4 thru K:Open)
    14: 3 Card Straight Flush (456, 4 thru Q:Inside, 5 thru J:Open)
    15: Hold None

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