organised within schools of poker players, whether in the casino or the
home game, often think up novel changes to established games and also whole new
games. They are called wild because most of them have complicated rules and the
use of wild cards. Wild cards are cards which are nominated to be
able to take on the value of any other card for the purpose of making stronger
hands. They are generally much more unpredictable than the normal games and
hence they are wild.
There are so many
wild games in play that we can't go through them but we can show the ways
players have livened up their games.
- Jokers The most basic way to juice up a game is
to play with a deck that has two extra cards, Jokers. A joker can become any
card in your hand and therefore increase the number of chances you have of
making a hand. Nowadays this is considered crass and would not generally be
played by experienced players.
- Wild Cards Instead of using the old fashioned
Jokers, players now nominate a card or cards that become wild. For instance
Deuces Wild is popular for draw games. Basically any deuce (a
two) in a hand can be used as any other card. A pair of twos would be very
strong because they are both wild.
- Pairs Here the wild cards are any pair, trips
(three of a kind) or quads (four of a kind). Sometimes games using this form of
wild cards raise the best possible high hand to Five of a Kind. For
example 2-2-2-2-Ace is Five Aces. So is 3-3-3-A-A.
- Any Card Any one card can be wild.
- Nominated Hand Choose only one type of hand to
make. For example Pair Flush means any pairs, trips or quads are wild
and the top hand is A-K-Q-J-T suited (not counting as a Royal
- Colours Hands must be made entirely from either
red or black cards, hence this is sometimes called Red or Black. Various
rules may apply here, for instance in 7-card stud you must have at least five
of one colour to qualify, failure means you have no hand and lose.