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Ultimate X Wheel Poker

Introduction

Ultimate X Wheel Poker is the same game as Multi-line Ultimate X, except the player may bet an extra five credits (total, not per-play) to replace the multiplier earned for a full house on the draw (in non wild-card games) with a prize wheel. In deuces wild games, the prize wheel is earned with a straight flush. This prize wheel offers large multipliers and instant wins.

Rules

The following rules assume the reader is already familiar with standard multi-line Ultimate X video poker.

  1. Ultimate X Wheel Poker is available in 3-play and 5-play only.
  2. The game may be played in two formats:
    • Standard multi-line video poker, at a bet of 1 to 5 credits per play.
    • With the Ultimate X Wheel Feature enabled. The cost is 10 credits per play plus an extra 5 credits. In other words, a total bet of 35 credits in 3-play and 55 credits in 5-play. Wins are based on a 5 credit bet per play.
  3. If the player pays for the Wheel feature and any play results in a full house in non-wild card games, or a straight flush in wild card games, then instead of a fixed multiplier, the player will spin a prize wheel.
  4. The possible wins on the prize wheel are:
    • A multiplier of 14x, 15x, 16x, 17x, 18x, 19x, or 20x
    • A flat win of 250, 500, 1000, or 2000 credits.
  5. The weightings of the prize wheel are unknown. In my sampling of spinning the wheel about 20 times, I have never won a fixed prize. Of the multipliers, the game seems to favor the 20x one, but this may be due to a small sample size.

If these rules were unclear, I think they are easier to show with an example (below) than put them in words.

Example

In the image below, I was dealt a two pair on the deal, which I held.

ultimate x spin poker example 1

The game scores the hands on the draw starting from the bottom. In a given row, it starts on the left. Here we see the third hand to be scored is a full house. The game pauses for me to press "spin."

ultimate x spin poker example 2

I clicked spin for hand #3 and got a 20x multiplier.

ultimate x spin poker example 3

Hand #4 also results in a full house. The game pauses again for me to press the "spin" button.

ultimate x spin poker example 4

After pressing "spin," the wheel stops on a 14x multiplier for hand #4.

ultimate x spin poker example 5

Hand #5 also results in a full house. Again, the game pauses for me to press "spin."

ultimate x spin poker example 6

The wheel stops on a 20x multiplier for hand #5.

ultimate x spin poker example 7

Here is the final result of the hand that started with a two pair on the deal. Note the 3x multipliers also earned for hands 1 and 2, for a two pair.

ultimate x spin poker example 8

After the deal on the following hand the two viable plays were to hold the high pair or four to a flush. I chose the high pair.

ultimate x spin poker example 9

On the draw, hands 1, 2, and 3 did not improve, hand 4 improved to a three of a kind, and hand 5 improved to a two pair. Following is how the win is calculated:

  • Hand 1: Win of 5 at 3x multiplier = 15
  • Hand 2: Win of 5 at 3x multiplier = 15
  • Hand 3: Win of 5 at 20x multiplier = 100
  • Hand 4: Win of 15 at 14x multiplier = 210
  • Hand 5: Win of 10 at 20x multiplier = 200
  • Total win: 15+15+100+210+200 = 540.

ultimate x spin poker example 1

Return Tables

The following table shows the return, under optimal strategy, for 3-play Ultimate X Wheel Poker.

Ultimate X Wheel Poker — 3-Play Return Table

Game Pay Table Return
Jacks or Better 8-6 99.182%
Jacks or Better 9-5 98.491%
Jacks or Better 7-5 97.640%
Jacks or Better 6-5 95.428%
Bonus Poker 7-5 99.518%
Bonus Poker 6-5 97.613%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 8-6 99.279%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 8-5 98.444%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 7-5 96.553%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 6-5 95.862%
Double Bonus 9-7-5 99.314%
Double Bonus 9-6-5 98.291%
Double Bonus 9-6-4 97.432%
Double Bonus 9-5-4 96.222%
Double Bonus 8-5-4 95.300%
Double Double Bonus 9-6 99.267%
Double Double Bonus 9-5 98.071%
Double Double Bonus 8-5 97.223%
Double Double Bonus 7-5 96.215%
Triple Double Bonus 9-6 99.130%
Triple Double Bonus 9-5 97.253%
Triple Double Bonus 8-5 96.041%
Triple Double Bonus 7-5 95.707%
Deuces Wild 20-12-10-4-4-3 99.127%
Deuces Wild 25-16-13-4-3-2 97.637%
Deuces Wild 20-10-8-4-4-3 96.372%
Deuces Wild 25-15-10-4-3-2-2 95.379%
Deuces Wild Bonus 10-4-3-3 98.982%
Deuces Wild Bonus 12-4-3-2 97.296%
Deuces Wild Bonus 10-4-3-2 96.421%

The following table shows the return, under optimal strategy, for 5-play Ultimate X Wheel Poker.

Ultimate X Wheel Poker — 5-Play Return Table

Game Pay Table Return
Jacks or Better 8-6 99.264%
Jacks or Better 8-5 98.167%
Jacks or Better 7-5 97.170%
Jacks or Better 6-5 96.123%
Bonus Poker 7-5 99.083%
Bonus Poker 6-5 97.266%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 8-6 99.395%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 7-5 97.200%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 6-5 96.169%
Double Bonus 9-6-5 99.412%
Double Bonus 9-6-4 97.674%
Double Bonus 9-5-4 96.310%
Double Bonus 8-5-4 95.425%
Double Double Bonus 9-6 99.227%
Double Double Bonus 9-5 98.141%
Double Double Bonus 8-5 97.137%
Double Double Bonus 7-5 96.244%
Triple Double Bonus 9-6 99.142%
Triple Double Bonus 9-5 97.111%
Triple Double Bonus 8-5 96.068%
Triple Double Bonus 7-5 95.379%
Deuces Wild 20-12-10-4-4-3 99.184%
Deuces Wild 25-16-13-4-3-2 97.230%
Deuces Wild 20-10-8-4-4-3 96.679%
Deuces Wild 25-15-10-4-3-2-2 95.432%
Deuces Wild Bonus 10-4-3-3 99.654%
Deuces Wild Bonus 12-4-3-2 97.373%
Deuces Wild Bonus 10-4-3-2 96.983%

Strategy

Based on some simple math, I calculate the average Wheel spin to be worth about a 40x multiplier. Then follow the advice given in my page in my standard Ultimate X page to determine a strategy:

  1. For each poker hand, determine: (adjusted win) = 2×(base win) + (multiplier) - 1. For example, if the base win for a full house is 8 and the multiplier is 40, then the adjusted win is 2 × 8 + 40 - 1 = 55.
  2. Put each adjusted win in my video poker strategy maker, to create a strategy.

Acknowledgements

VideoPoker.com for letting me make and use screenshots from their game, which you may play for fun for free.

External Links

Discussion about Ultimate X Wheel Poker in my forum at Wizrad of Vegas.


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