Deuces Wild is a departure from classic poker games: Twos can act as any card needed to work in the player's favor, which opens up not only the possibility of both making harder-to-reach hands much more easily, but It also makes it possible to achieve hands (such as five of a kind!) that are normally unattainable in traditional poker. While Deuces Wild may not be the most complicated game out there, it certainly is a different, laidback departure from traditional poker.
Overall, Deuces Wild is an easy, straightforward game that is a good introduction to poker for novices and an enjoyable variation for poker enthusiasts. The game's lack of depth; however, means that there is not much room for strategy and, hence, strong potential for long-term playability. The interface is also very basic, that is to say that it could benefit from some updated graphics and background music to make the experience more enjoyable.
The player makes a bet of between 1 and 5 and can then choose to double, triple, quadruple, or pen tuple his or her ante. You are subsequently dealt five cards and then choose which cards you would like to hold before being dealt up to five new cards. The important thing to remember is that twos can act as ANY card of any suit, so they are automatically held. Payouts are determined based on the pay table.
As a result of having a greater probability to make good hands, the payout scheme demands that the player make a better-than-usual hand in order to score any points. A three-of-a-kind only earns you back the initial bet; anything less means you're out of luck.
The red 'double-up' button adds an interesting twist to the game: If activated, the player is presented with the opportunity to go double or nothing. If you select a card that is greater than the one presented, you double your winnings. However, one wrong move means the end for all your earnings.