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  Sevens Wild:

Sevens Wild is a type of video poker. As the name suggests, the game includes four wild cards in the form of the Sevens. Otherwise, standard Jacks or Better rules and poker hand rankings apply.

Rules

This game, as we said the “Main Description” part of this article, is fundamentally based on Jacks or Better. If you have played video poker before, you will not find very much in this game to surprise you. Still, for those who have not spent much time playing video poker in the past, we will describe how Jacks or Better works, then move on to the unique features of Sevens Wild.

To start with, you first place your wager, then five cards are dealt to you from a standard virtual deck of 52 cards. You are allowed to see all your cards, and then decide if you want to discard any of them and take new ones from the deck in order to build a better hand than your initial one. (Of course, it is quite possible that you might actually make a worse hand once the substitutions are completed, which is why you must think carefully before discarding any card.) Then, once your final group of cards has been put together, you will hopefully be able to get a good payout from the game. You are allowed to play through as many hands as you wish. There is usually no time limit for finishing one hand, so you are allowed to take your time making your decision. However, game designers also try to format their game so as to spur you to play faster.

Now, on to the wild card feature. In this version of video poker, a Seven can be any card of any suit, which is quite useful if you almost but not quite have a great poker hand. You do not specify the value and suit of the card. The computer makes the decision for you. Now, many players might find this rather worrying. After all, if the casino wants to win as much as possible, it probably has programs that assign disadvantageous values to wild cards. Actually, these players would be mistaken. The program is designed to treat wild cards so that they will be as advantageous to players as possible. However, if you see that this is not the case as you play Sevens Wild, there are two possible explanations. The first is that the gaming software is simply not working properly. The other, more sinister explanation is that the casino is deliberately trying to cheat you. In either case, you should probably take your business to a casino that has properly-functioning programs and treats its players honestly.

Sevens Wild


As with Deuces Wild, you might find that the version of the gaming software you are using automatically locks in your Sevens for you. This means that if you get Sevens in your initial deal, the game “assumes” that you would not want to get rid of them. You might find this restrictive and presumptuous on the part of the program designers, but the reasoning behind this feature is quite sound. If you have a card that can be anything you need it to be, why change it, even for an Ace or King?

Types of Bets

The betting choices and procedures in Sevens Wild are rather straightforward. You can only bet up to five coins per hand, though you are allowed to assign the desired denomination to your virtual coins. You are often allowed to change the denomination value in between hands, so you need not be “stuck” with a particular coin value for your entire playing session.

If you play this game online, you are also likely to have a “for fun” option available to you, at least when you first download the site’s gaming software package. Should you select this option, you will not be placing any bets, but will be playing to sharpen your skills and pass the time. However, if you feel that you are likely to change your mind soon, first ask the online casino staff about their policies concerning players who decide to go from “for fun” to “for money” participants. Make your inquiries before you download the software and/or start an account at the site.

Sevens Wild Video Poker


Strategies

Standard video poker strategy should see you through this game particularly well. Also, do remember to factor the wild cards into your strategy. If you have a “disposable” card and your chances of getting a Seven are good, it definitely makes sense to discard that particular card.

However, do remember that card counting methods are often quite useless in video poker. This is because different card hands are independent from each other. Usually, the cards used up in a previous hand are returned to the deck, which means that it is hard to make calculations over several hands. Your strategy should focus on the single card hand and its component cards.

Experience

The presence of the wild cards certainly spices up the game. Unfortunately, players thinking that they have more strategic freedom might be slightly miffed at the reality of how Sevens Wild treats wild cards. As we stated, version of the game often automatically decide what the wild card is supposed to represent, and lock the cards into the hand for you. This can make players feel as if they must shape their strategy around wild cards, instead of using wild cards as a flexible instrument. On the other hand, players who do not feel very confident about their own strategic abilities may feel relieved that the program is making their decisions for them, at least as far as Sevens are concerned.

All in all, this is quite a pleasing poker variation. The bonus feature is fun and exciting, but not too intrusive or unusual. This is a good option for players who prefer to thread the middle ground between what is exotic and what is familiar. Of course, players who are experts with Deuces Wild might also do very well with this game.

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