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  Faces n' Deuces:

The video poker game known as Jacks or Better is both simple and wildly popular. No wonder, then, that many game developers have used it as a base for their own twists on video poker. Faces ‘n’ Deuces is one such game, plus bonus features having to do with certain cards.

Rules

The mechanics of Faces ‘n’ Deuces are very similar to those of Jacks or Better. Once you have placed your bets, initial dealing begins. The program (or machine, if you are in a brick-and-mortar casino) gives you five cards from a standard 52-card virtual deck. Then you are given the opportunity to select some cards from your deck that you feel you would do better without, and to let the program deal you some new ones so you have a full (and hopefully better) five-card hand again. Another option is to retain your original hand, especially if it already has a high ranking, and the chances of improving this ranking through further draws are slim. After your final hand has been completed (for good or ill), you will get a payout. Of course, not all hands will get you some money. You have to at least have a pair of Jacks, and even then, all you will get back is the amount of your bet, and financially speaking, you will be no better and no worse off than if you had never played that hand.

Payouts in these types of games can vary widely, because the poker ranking system covers so many different types of five-card hands. The very highest ranking hand, the Royal Flush, can pay hundreds of coins. If you bet five coins, you can get 4,000 coins back—an amazing prize.

You have in all likelihood surmised that the bonus features in this game are tied to Deuces (Twos) and Face cards (Kings, Queens, and Jacks). This is precisely the case. You can get eye-popping payouts if you have four Deuces plus a Face card. However, not all hands of this type are alike. Your payout is higher if you get this hand on your initial deal, than if you get it by having discarded some or all of your original cards and drawn new ones.

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Bets

Placing wagers in Faces ‘n’ Deuces is fairly simple. You have to bet at least one coin, but can wager up to five coins on each hand. This is the standard practice for most games based on Jacks or Better. Pay tables are usually structured to encourage players to place the maximum wager. You will find that there is often a disproportionate jump in between the payouts for four coins and the returns you can expect for five.

Strategies

Some people might be tempted to mold or adjust their strategy around the possibility of getting the special jackpot hand. Of course, it must be stated that the chances of getting such a specific hand are very rare, and the chances of getting dealt that hand (instead of achieving it by discarding and drawing cards) are even rarer. There is also the fact that the payouts are higher for getting this hand on the initial deal. Of course, the initial deal is a matter of luck instead of strategy. Therefore, placing a great deal of strategic emphasis on the bonus hand of four Deuces and a Face card may not be the best idea.

In other words, sticking to conventional Jacks or Better strategy is definitely a reasonable way to approach this game. One fundamental component of this mindset is to think in terms of whole hands, instead of individual cards. Think about how your hand might be improved. Which components (cards) in your current hand give it its value? If you discard the other cards, do you have a decent chance of improving the value of your hand? Keep in mind that you might have to discard some high cards to do so: a tough decision, especially in a game that privileges hands that include Face cards.

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There are, however, some basic rules of thumb. If your initial hand is lower than a pair of Jacks, you can reasonably get rid of the entire hand and draw five new cards. If you are dealt Four of a Kind or a Full House right away, just stick with it, and do not draw anything new. Furthermore, do not believe the myth that programs or machines tend to give you bad cards just before popping out with a Royal Flush or something similarly high. The programs are designed to be random, and randomness does not work that way. A streak of bad luck may go on longer than you can afford to keep playing.

Experience

Players who are looking forward to making use of the game’s special features are likely to be disappointed, as the odds of drawing or being dealt the bonus hand are quite low. If you are a player who likes special features, you might prefer a Jacks or Better variation in which the quirks are built into every round of the game. (Double Double Bonus Poker Plus is a great example of such a game. Not only do you always have the option of playing multiple hands, but every time you get a winning hand, you have the opportunity to double your payout by drawing an individual card whose value beats that of the card drawn by the computer.) Furthermore, players have to admit to the fact that the biggest bonus jackpots in this game have nothing to do with their skill, but are purely to do with the luck of the draw.

In short, many players will barely notice the difference between Faces ‘n’ Deuces and Jacks or Better. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Jacks or Better is a fun, very popular game, which is why it has birthed so many “children” and “grandchildren” (i.e. variants). If you like Jacks or Better, you are going to have fun playing this game. The bonus features may or may not make an appearance, according to your luck during that particular session. If they do show up, treat them as a great windfall and collect your winnings.

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