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Assuming you are playing maximum coins, optimal strategy will vary depending on the rules of the game and possibly the pay table. At times, pure optimal strategies can become very complex with very little gain in favorable expectation. We try to provide strategies that are easy to memorize. In short, any change in a paytable will require a change in strategy for true optimum play.

Jacks or Better Video Poker - 9/6 Strategy

Initial Hand Cards to Hold Cards to Discard
Royal Flush 5 0
Straight Flush 5 0
4 of a Kind 4 1
4 Card Royal Flush 4 1
Full House 5 0
Flush 5 0
3 of a Kind 3 2
Straight 5 0
4 Card Straight Flush 4 1
Two Pairs 4 1
Pair of Jacks or Higher 2 3
3 Card Royal Flush 3 2
4 Card Flush 4 1
Pair Lower Than Jacks 2 3
4 Card Straight 4 1
3 Card Straight Flush 3 2
2 Card Royal Flush 2 3
3 High Cards 3 2
2 High Cards 2 3
1 High Card 1 4
Anything Else 0 5


Here is how you should use these strategies. Match your hand to the highest in the list and and play that strategy.

These strategies are abbrevriated for ease of use. A more complete strategy would provide additional options. For instance, you have a 3 card royal with a pair of kings. A complete strategy would need to differentiate that from a 3 card royal with no pairs.



Double Bonus Poker (Jacks or Better)

Initial Hand Cards to Hold Cards to Discard
Royal Flush 5 0
4 Aces 4 1
4 Twos, Threes, or Fours 4 1
Straight Flush 5 0
4 Fives Through Kings 4 1
4 Card Royal Flush 4 1
3 Aces 3 2
Full House 5 0
Flush 5 0
3 Twos, Threes, or Fours 3 2
3 Fives Through Kings 3 2
Straight 5 0
4 Card Straight Flush 4 1
2 Pairs 4 1
2 Aces 2 3
3 Card Royal Flush 3 2
4 Card Flush 4 1
Pair of Jacks, Queens, or Kings 2 3
4 Card Straight 4 1
3 Card Straight Flush 3 2
Low Pair 2 3
2 Card Royal Flush 2 3
3 Card Flush 3 2
3 High Cards 3 2
3 Card Straight 3 2
2 High Cards 2 3
1 High Card 1 4
Anything Else 0 5




 
 
 
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