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  Bonus Deuces:

Bonus Deuces appears to be another name for Bonus Deuces Wild. (Online searches for both games yield pages that give the same rules/mechanics, so we conclude that the games are the same.) It is a variation on Jacks or Better, but here, your Deuces can be played as representing any card of any suit. The program selects a value for you according to your advantage, and often automatically retains all Deuces, since you can hardly hinder your chances by keeping them.

Rules

If you already know how to pay a basic Draw Poker game, you should not have much trouble getting well-acquainted with the rules of Bonus Deuces. However, for those who know very little about Draw Poker, here are the rules, starting from the beginning. After you have placed your bet for that particular hand, you then click or press a button that gets you an initial hand of five cards from a standard deck. After you view your cards, you are allowed to either keep the hand the way it is or discard some of the cards (or even all of them) in an attempt to get a better poker hand. Keep in mind that once you change your cards, you are stuck with them. If your second hand is worse than your initial one, you are not allowed to “return” to the cards you were first dealt. Therefore, make your selection carefully. Once you have established your final card hand, you are given back a payout—or not—based on the payout scheme of that particular venue. These are the rules that Bonus Deuces shares with other types of video poker.

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The main difference between Bonus Deuces and other bonus poker variants lies in the bonus hands. Since the Deuces are wild, you can get special payouts for five of a kind, basically four of a kind plus a Deuce. Furthermore, a hand that includes four Deuces pays out hundreds of coins, as opposed to “normal” Four of a Kind hands that only give you a few coins.

Type of bets

Unlike, say, Roulette, video poker has very simple betting options in all its variations. You can only choose to bet up to five coins for every hand that you play. The payout structure starts with three of a kind as the lowest-ranking payout hand. This might be disappointing in comparison Jacks or Better (in which you only need a pair of Jacks to get a payout), but the presence of four wild cards in the deck at least partially makes up for this. It can be argued, in fact, that it is more advantageous to you to have wild cards rather than an extremely specific bonus hand, as is the case with other variations of video poker.

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Of course, keep in mind that your payout is not only determined by your card hand rankings but also how much money you bet. For instance, you can get a good payout for a royal flush, but a payout from a five-coin wager will frequently be worth five times the payout from a single coin. Depending on your funds and/or how long you wish to keep playing, make your choices concerning your wagers.

Strategies

The strategies for this game would be more or less the strategies you would use in any other video poker variant, except that you should adjust for the special character of the Deuces. You ought to keep these cards if ever you are lucky enough to get them in the initial hand—though you might not have a choice, since as we said before, some versions of this game will automatically “lock” your Deuces into your final hand. On hearing this, some players may automatically suspect that the game has been designed to cheat them, with the software selecting the least advantageous value and suit for any Deuce cards that might appear in a player’s hand. However, many those who have experience playing video poker games featuring wild cards report that the software does indeed “help” them by assigning advantageous values to the wild cards. Even so, there is a possibility that you will end up playing the game at a venue where the software is either faulty or has been designed by an unscrupulous person. In that case, pay close attention to what happens whenever wild cards appear. If the software does not behave as it should, do not hesitate to stop playing at that venue and start looking for a better, more honest one.

Experience

This section of the review deals with the overall experience of playing Bonus Deuces, given what we have already stated about its workings in the previous sections.

Bonus Deuces is one of the most interesting variations of the increasingly-popular online video poker trend. You can enjoy poker from the convenience of your home without having to schedule a game with other players. On the other hand, players who prefer to interact with others will find this game too dull and narrow. Given the fact that opportunities are long-term, multi-hand strategy only reinforces the feeling that this game is rather one-dimensional. To be fair, video poker—like most games—should not be expected to please everyone. The very same factors that attract some people to these types of poker will turn other people off.

Of course, any discussion of the experience of playing this game would be woefully incomplete without touching on the Deuces. This normally humble card value becomes very significant by being assigned wild card status. As such, the Deuces become just important enough to possibly throw even the most pragmatic player’s strategy out of whack. In other games, poker players may choose to ignore the possibility of getting a very rare bonus hand, and will just play a “straight” game. However, in Bonus Deuces, it is quite tempting—and even sensible—to shape certain aspects of your strategy around the Deuce cards. Due to this dilemma, Bonus Deuces might be a better choice for the most experienced card players.

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