Free Jokers Wild Video Poker – Odds, Stragegy & Paytable

You can find three different variations of Joker’s Wild video poker, which is also sometimes called Joker Poker, and each is available with multiple pay tables. One version has a lowest payout for a pair of aces, another has a lowest payout for a pair of kings, and the other version has a lowest payout for two pairs.

The various pay tables can be confusing and they change the strategy chart a little bit for each variation. We’ve put together this page to help you make your way through each of the variations, and have included a simple strategy chart to help you when you play.

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  • What is the Playing Sequence?

    Joker’s Wild video poker plays like most variations of Jacks or Better machines. The standard deck of 52 cards is used and a single joker has been added to make a total of 53 possible cards. The joker is wild and can be used to replace any card in the deck.

    The first step in the playing sequence is to put money in the Joker’s Wild video poker machine. When you play in a land based casino you insert cash or a cash out slip you receive from another machine where you were playing. When you play online you make a deposit into the online casino and your balance loads when you open the game.

    Now choose to bet five coins per hand. It might be tempting to bet fewer coins, but when you do it means you can’t win the bonus amount for a natural royal flush. If you don’t want to bet as much, find a machine offering a lower per coin amount.

    A dollar machine has a maximum wager of $5 per hand. A quarter machine has a maximum wager of $1.25 per hand. A nickel machine has a maximum wager of 25 cents per hand.

    Next you hit the deal button. Then decide which cards you want to keep, click on them, and then hit the deal button again.

    Winning hands have the payout amount added to your balance. To play another hand hit the deal button again.

    Joker’s Wild Pay Tables

    As we mentioned in the opening, you can find many different pay tables on Joker’s Wild or Joker poker machines. Here’s a table that lists many popular pay tables, but there are more available.

    We’ve included the house edge for each machine at the bottom of the table. The listed Jokers Wild house edge is only achieved by using a strategy chart. We’ve included a strategy chart for your use in the next section.

    The machine offering the lowest house edge is a 10 / 6 two pair machine, but they’re rare. Most Jokers’ Wild video poker machines have a house edge of over 1%.

    When you compare the pay tables listed below with the machine you’re considering playing, the payouts listed match the ones in the one coin column except for the natural royal flush. The payouts for a natural royal flush listed below are the per coin amount for a five coin wager.

    The machine has a payout listed of either 4,000 or 5,000 coins for a five coin bet on a natural royal flush.

    Joker’s Wild Video Poker Paytable & House Edge
    Game 7 /5 Kings 9 / 5 Aces 8 / 5 Aces 7 / 5 Aces 10 / 6 Two Pair 8 / 5 Two Pair
    Natural Royal Flush 800 800 800 1000 1000 800
    Five of a Kind 200 200 200 200 100 800
    Wild Royal Flush 100 100 100 100 50 100
    Straight Flush 50 50 50 50 50 100
    Four of a Kind 18 20 20 20 20 16
    Full House 7 9 8 7 10 8
    Flush 5 5 5 5 6 5
    Straight 3 3 3 3 5 4
    Three of a Kind 2 2 2 2 2 2
    Two Pair 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Pair of Aces 1 1 1 1 0 0
    Pair of Kings 1 0 0 0 0 0
    House Edge 1.07% 1.59% 3.13% 4.18% .08% 1.41%

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    Joker’s Wild Strategy Chart

    The strategy you need to use for Joker’s Wild video poker isn’t as simple as in some games, but it’s not too hard as long as you use the strategy chart below.

    If you have a joker, use the first column and if you don’t have a joker, use the second column. Read down the appropriate list until you find your hand. You always play the hand listed highest on the chart. Once you find your hand keep the listed hand and discard all of your other cards to get new ones.

    Joker Wild Video Poker Strategy Chart
    When You Have a Joker When You Don’t Have a Joker
    Royal flush

    Five of a kind

    Straight flush

    Four of a kind

    Full house

    Four to a royal flush

    Flush

    Four to a straight flush

    Straight

    Three of a kind

    Four to a flush

    Three to a straight flush

    Pair of aces or kings (Only on pay table listing aces or kings)

    Four to a flush

    Four to a straight

    Hold only the joker

    Royal flush

    Straight flush

    Four of a kind

    Full house

    Flush

    Four to a straight flush

    Straight

    Three of a kind

    Two pair

    Three to a royal flush

    Pair of aces or kings (Only on pay table listing aces or kings)

    Four to a flush

    Pair

    Three to a straight flush

    Four to a straight

    Two to a royal flush

    Ace or king (Only on pay tables listing aces or kings)

    Draw five new cards

    Joker’s Wild is a fun game to play because it adds a wild card. But even with the wild joker, the pay tables don’t offer a return as high as 9 / 6 Jacks or Better or NSUD Deuces Wild.

    If you want to play a game with wilds, we recommend Deuces Wild. If you want a game with a lower house edge and a simpler strategy chart we recommend Jacks or Better.

    No matter which video poker game you decide to play, always bet five coins, use a strategy chart, and only play on one with a good pay table.