Joker Wild is played with a 53-card deck, the regular 52-card deck plus a joker. The joker is a wild card, and can be used as any card you want. This increases the chance of getting a winning combination. On average the joker appears in about one out of every ten hands.
The hand rankings and pay-outs:
The winning hands and pay-outs for Joker Wild, from highest to lowest are:
Royal Flush without the joker – A, K, Q, J, and 10 of the same suit. Pays 4,000 or more coins when five coins are bet. Pays 400 per coin bet if playing less than five coins.
Five of a Kind – Four same-value cards plus the joker. Pays 200 per coin bet.
The following joker wild hands may be made with or without the joker:
Joker Royal Flush – A royal flush where one of the five cards is the joker. Pays 100 per coin bet.
Straight Flush – Five consecutive cards in the same suit, for instance 8, 9, 10, J and Q. Pays 50 or 40 per coin bet.
Four of a Kind – A hand with four cards of the same value. Pays 20, 17 or 15 per coin bet.
Full House – Three cards of one value, and two cards of another value. Pays 8, 7 or 5 per coin bet.
Flush – Any five cards of the same suit, in no particular order. Pays 5 per coin bet.
Straight – Any five consecutive cards, such as J, 10, 9, 8 and 7, but not in the same suit. Pays 3 per coin bet.
Three of a Kind – Any three cards of the same value. Pays 2 per coin bet.
Two Pair / Pair of Kings or Aces – Pays 1 per coin bet. These are the lowest paying hands in Jokers Wild.
There are two versions of Joker games. One version returns your bet on a two-pair hand. The strategy presented here is for the (better) game which gives back your money if you line up a pair of Kings or Aces.
Kings or Better Joker Wild Strategy
If the hand you’re dealt contains the joker: Keep all hands that are three-of-a-kind or higher, except hold four cards to the royal flush, even if it means discarding a paying hand of lower value.
(Always remember that the joker is part of the combination you’re looking for, for example two sevens and the joker equals three-of-a-kind).
Keep any four-card straight flush and a four-card flush if it includes K, A or both.
You have to Keep three cards to a royal flush
Keep a paying pair of high cards (King, Ace).
You must Keep any three cards to a straight flush.
Keep any four-card flush without King or Ace.
Keep consecutive four-card straights
If not dealt any of the above, keep the Joker only.
If you’re dealt a hand without the Joker:
- Keep all paying hands, except hold a four-card royal flush.
- Always Keep any four cards to a straight flush and any three cards to a royal flush.
- Keep four cards to any flush.
- Try Keep any pair of 2’s to Queens.
- Keep any three cards to a straight flush.
- Keep any four-card consecutive straight.
- You must Keep two cards to a royal flush if one of the cards is a Ace or King.
- Keep unsuited King and Ace.
- You need to Keep King or Ace alone.
- Keep two suited royal flush cards lower than King or Ace.
Not dealt any of the above? Try draw five new cards.
TIP: Print out these joker wild strategy rules and refer to them while playing online. Be sure you make the correct hold/discard decision for every hand. Take your time learning joker wild strategy, the computer will wait.
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