Wild Video Poker
by Gayle Mitchell
Wild Video Poker is another popular wild card game
that adds to the excitement of video poker.
The majority of your
hands will look
similar to a Jacks or
Better game; however, don’t fall into the trap of using the same Jacks
Better strategy play.
On average, fewer than
10% of your
initial cards dealt will
contain the joker, thus your strategy will evolve around this fact.
Below is a 7/5 VP
Jokers Wild Video Poker with minimum
payout for Kings or better.
7/5, noted in bold below refers to a 7 coin return for a
full-house when betting one-coin and 5 coin return for a flush.
Therefore, max coin return of 35 and 25 respectively.
The paytable below illustrates specific winning
hands and maximum coin return payout.
Pay Schedule: Jokers Wild Video Poker 7/5
Pair-- Kings or Better
2 pair (2PR)
Full house (FH)=7
Straight Flush (SF)
Wild Royal w/Joker
Royal Flush (RF, no Joker)
|max coin return
Wild Strategy per pay schedule:
is also an Aces or Better
version as the minimum
The strategies below are for Kings or Better and Aces
I have divided the
into those hands that are
dealt With Joker and Without Joker as below:
pat hands of full
house or better
a paying flush for a
4-card royal or 4-card open straight flush
3/kind for any
4-card straight flush
a pair of aces or
kings for a 3-card or better straight flush (must be consecutive), or
any 4-card flush
none of the above,
select a middle card, (from 5-10)
to keep with the joker.
Barring a middle
card, there may be times that you should hold the joker
than 3% of the time, you won’t be able to connect with
a straight, flush, straight flush or a high pair. However,
holding the joker alone can give you four new cards
and a win.
two pair or better
a flush for any
4-card royal draw and break a straight for any 4-card straight flush or
a pair of aces or kings for 3-card royal draw.
a low pair for
4-card flush or open ended 3-card straight flush
any pair for a
4-card straight flush
any 4-card straight
or any 3-card straight flush, if consecutive, discarding small pair for
the larger payout
A-K of same suit
suited faces K-Q,
K-J, K-10, Q-J, Q-10, or J-10
Go for a straight
possible, for the larger
With this wild-card game,
flush and Joker Royal
Flush opportunities appear more often than Jacks or Better Video Poker.
Keep a lower pair over
possibility of pulling a joker
for a four-card straight, especially an inside straight.
Although, it is
to hold an
inside straight in
wild-card games; in this case the payout for the straight has been
four to three, so keep the pair only.
with all VP games, maximum coin play for each hand is the
all your VP
choices turn out to be ‘Royalty’.
Wild Video Poker is followed by Bonus Video Poker
to Learn to Play Video
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