Jokers Wild

JokerswildJokers Wild is a type of video poker where the jokers are wild cards. A joker can thus replace any other card to help you form a winning poker hand. The joker can also help you form the “impossible” poker hand five of a kind.

Jokers Wild is based on traditional five card poker and you are allowed to change your cards once. A standard 52 card deck with one joker is used by most machines that offer Jokers Wild video poker.

The three most commonly occurring variants of Jokers Wild are these:

Name

How do I win?

Joker Wilds: Kings or Better

You need a pair of kings or better to win

Joker Wilds: Aces or Better

You need a pair of aces or better to win

Joker Wilds: Two pairs or Better

You need two pairs or better to win

Basic strategy for Joker Wild: Kings or Better

This is just a basic strategy for Joker Wild: Kings or Better. To ensure optimal strategy, the basic strategy needs to be adjusted to fit the pay table of the specific machine.

Start at the top and stop as soon as you find a description that matches your hand. Sometimes several descriptions will match your hand, but you should always adhere to the uppermost one of these descriptions.

If your five first cards contains a joker:

  • Keep all hands that are three of a kind or better.

    There is one exception: If you get four cards of a Royal Straight Flush, and simultaneously get a winning hand, you should exchange the fifth card even if it means destroying the winning hand. E.g: jack – queen – king – king – joker is a winning three of a kind, but it should be broken up to aim for the Royal Straight Flush.

  • Four cards of a Straight Flush → Exchange the fifth card
  • Four cards of a Flush → Exchange the fifth card
  • Three cards of a Royal Straight Flush → Exchange the other two cards
  • Pair of Aces → Exchange the other three cards
  • Pair of Kings → Exchange the other three cards
  • Three cards of a Straight Flush → Exchange the other two cards
  • Four cards in numerical order → Exchange the fifth card
  • If you have none of the combinations listed above, exchange all cards except the joker

If your five first cards do not contain a joker:

  • Keep all winning hands.

    Exceptions: If you get four cards of a Royal Straight Flush, you should exchange the fifth card even if it means breaking up a winning hand.

  • Three cards of a Royal Straight Flush → Exchange the two other cards
  • Four cards of a Flush → Exchange the fifth card
  • A pair of twos, threes, fours, fives, sixes, sevens, eights, nines, tens, jacks or queens → Exchange the other three cards.
  • Three cards of a Straight Flush → Exchange the other two cards
  • Four cards in numerical order → Exchange the fifth card
  • Two cards of a Royal Straight Flush, when one of the cards is an ace or a king → Exchange the other three cards
  • King + Ace → Exchange the other three cards
  • Ace → Exchange the other four cards
  • King → Exchange the other four cards
  • Two cards of a Royal Straight Flush, where none of the two cards are an ace or a king → Exchange the other three cards
  • If you have none of the combinations listed above, exchange all five cards