Jokers Wild Video Poker

Jokers Wild is a very popular video poker game derived from Jacks or Better.  This game is based on Five Card Draw and is played on a video poker machine, though there are versions for the computer widely available and online casinos have added virtual machines.  Jokers Wild uses the standard 52-card deck, but adds the Joker card for 53 playable cards.  The Joker is considered wild, which means it can double as any other card in the game and can allow more possible winning hands.

Like Deuces Wild, Jokers Wild includes the possibility of Five of a Kind, a hand not possible through standard video poker.  Jokers Wild is another game where a payout of more than 100% is possible, with 100.64% being the highest possible payout with a perfect game and the right strategy.  In addition, there are two versions of the game.  One version allows you to win with the lowest hand being a two pair hand, while the second version only allows a win with a pair of kings or aces as the lowest hand.  Kings or Better, as this version is called, has a slightly better payout for the bettor.  Here are the possible hands for the game:

Hand
Coin 1
Coin 2
Coin 3
Coin 4
Coin 5
Royal Flush
400
800
1200
1600
4000
Five of a Kind
200
400
600
800
1000
Joker Royal
100
200
300
400
500
Straight Flush
50
100
150
200
250
Four of a Kind
20
40
60
80
100
Full House
5
10
15
20
25
Flush
3
6
9
12
15
Three of a Kind
2
4
6
8
10
Two Pair
1
2
3
4
5

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Strategy varies with the hand dealt.  For instance, you will hold certain hands if you are dealt a joker, but will discard them if you were not dealt a joker.  If you are dealt a joker, you should keep any 4-card straight flush or 4-card flush that includes a king or an ace.

With a joker, you should also keep any 3 cards to a straight flush.  If you have the joker but no wining hand, keep the joker and re-draw the hand.

If you are dealt a hand without the joker, you will keep any 4 cards to a straight flush and any 3 cards to a royal flush, as well as any 4 cards to any flush at all.  In a sense, if you are dealt a hand without a joker, play as though you were playing standard Jacks or Better.  The addition of the Joker does not sufficiently change the rules of the game that a Jacks of Better strategy will not lead to a win.  In addition, since there is only a single wild card (unlike Deuces Wild), a standard Jacks or Better strategy can work for almost any hand.