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Wild Viking

Introduction


Wild Viking can loosely be described as a roulette game using cards instead of a wheel and ball. The game will deal five cards from a 54-card deck (including two jokers). The player may bet on what the last card will be. In addition, there are poker bets that pay based on the poker value of all five cards. The game can be found at Internet casinos using Playtech software.

Rules

I will call the bets based on the last card the "roulette bets." There are various types of bets, as follows.

Roulette Bets

Bet Pays
Red, black, odd, even 2 for 1
Suit 4 for 1
2-7, 8-K 2 for 1
2-5, 6-9, 10-K 3 for 1
Single card 52 for 1
Two cards 26 for 1
Four cards 13 for 1

I will call the bets based on the poker-value of all five cards the "Poker Bets." The Poker Bets pays if the final five-card hand is the poker value of the bet made or better. For example, a bet on a two pair would win if the poker value of the hand were a three of a kind. There are various types of bets, as follows.

Poker Bets

Bet Pays
Four of a kind 280 to 1
Full house 150 to 1
Flush 90 to 1
Straight 45 to 1
Three of a kind 9 to 1
Two pair 6 to 1
Pair -- sixes or better 1 to 1

Finally, there is a progressive jackpot bet called the Wild Viking. It also pays based on the poker value of the final five-card hand. To win the jackpot the player must get a "Wild Viking," which is defined as a wild royal flush, where the first and last cards dealt are jokers. The pay table is as follows.

Wild Viking Bet

Event Pays
Wild Viking Jackpot
Five of a kind 1000 for 1
Royal flush 250 for 1
Straight flush 50 for 1
Four of a kind 20 for 1
Full house 10 for 1
Flush 8 for 1
Straight 5 for 1
Three of a kind 3 for 1

Analysis

The following table shows my analysis of the Roulette Bets. Remember that wins are on a "for one" basis.

Roulette Bets — Analysis

Bet Pays Winning
Numbers
Probability Expected
Return
Red, black, odd, even 2 26 0.481481 -0.037037
Suit 4 13 0.240741 -0.037037
2-7, 8-K 2 24 0.444444 -0.111111
2-5, 6-9, 10-K 3 16 0.296296 -0.111111
Single card 52 1 0.018519 -0.037037
Two cards 26 2 0.037037 -0.037037
Four cards 13 4 0.074074 -0.037037

The following table shows my analysis of the Poker Bets. Remember that wins are on a "to one" basis.

Roulette Bets — Analysis

Bet Pays Combinations Probability Expected
Return
Four of a kind 280 10,062 0.003182 -0.105956
Full house 150 19,422 0.006141 -0.072660
Flush 90 30,810 0.009742 -0.113454
Straight 45 65,514 0.020716 -0.047072
Three of a kind 9 298,482 0.094381 -0.056186
Two pair 6 422,034 0.133449 -0.065857
Pair -- sixes or better 1 1,522,050 0.481279 -0.037442

The following table shows my analysis of the Wild Viking Bet. Remember that wins are on a "for one" basis. The bet amount is one $/£/€, depending on the currency of the player.

Wild Viking Bet — Analysis

Bet Pays Permutations Probability Expected
Return
Wild Viking ? 480 0.000001 ?
Five of a kind 1000 9,360 0.000025 0.024664
Royal flush 250 9,600 0.000025 0.006324
Straight flush 50 64,800 0.000171 0.008538
Four of a kind 20 1,123,200 0.002960 0.059193
Full house 10 1,123,200 0.002960 0.029597
Flush 8 1,366,560 0.003601 0.028807
Straight 5 4,164,480 0.010974 0.054868
Three of a kind 3 27,956,160 0.073666 0.220997
Total 35,817,840 0.094381 0.432988 + ?

As with all progressive bets, the expected return depends on the amount in the jackpot. When I wrote this page on July 16, 2014, the jackpot was at 23,506, which equates to a total return of 46.3%.

To return for any given jackpot is 43.30% plus 1.2648% for every $10,000 in the meter. To reach break-even (return of 100%), the jackpot must get to 448,295.50.


Written by: Michael Shackleford

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