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Joker wild is one of the simplest varieties of video poker out there today. Jokers are added to the normal playing deck to increase players' chances of making a good hand, and the payout scheme is adjusted accordingly. There are fun jokers, there are goofy jokers, and there are downright dark jokers. This one staring down players in the upper right-hand corner, like his brethren in the Batman movies, is of the evil variety.
You start by making a bet of between $.05 and $10 as well by moving the bet level between 1 and 5, making the lowest bet possible $.05 and the highest amount possible $50. The player is then dealt a five-card hand. Unlike in normal poker games, jokers, which can substitute any card in your favor, have been added to the mix. You then have the choice of holding on to as many of the cards as you please. Once you selected which cards you're going to hold on to, you are dealt up to 5 new cards. Winnings are paid out in accordance with the pay-scale in the upper half of the screen.
Now, the increased likelihood of making a solid hand afforded by the joker means that the bar is raised for you to make a better hand than you might otherwise be able to: Kings or better or a two pair hand will only go so far as keep you from losing your initial bet; in order to make your tussle with the joker a profitable one, you need at least a three-of-a-kind.
The game is also available in single, 5, 10, or 25 hand versions.