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strategy is The following strategy is for full pay Jacks or Better video poker. \”Full Pay\” designates the following paytable, per coin based on five coins bet, which returns 99.54% of money bet assuming optimal strategy.

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The following strategy is for full pay Jacks or Better video poker. ‘Full Pay’ designates the following paytable, per coin based on five coins bet, which returns 99.54% of money bet assuming optimal strategy.
To use this strategy, look up all reasonable ways to play a hand, and choose the play that is highest on the list. If a play isn’t on the list then it should never be played. The numbers on the right represent the average return. These numbers can vary depending on the discards.
Let’s try an example. Suppose you have both four to a flush and a low pair. Should you sacrifice the low pair to complete the flush or sacrifice the possible flush and keep the low pair? From the list below 4 to a flush has a higher ranking and thus is the better play. To test yourself on other hands try my video poker quiz .
I admit this is a long and rather difficult strategy but I believe it correctly advises every possible hand. If used correctly it should yield perfect play.
Straight Flush draw (type 1) : Straight flush draw in which the number of high cards equals or exceeds number of gaps.
Straight Flush draw (type 2) : One of the following straight flush draws.

Straight Flush draw (type 3) : Straight flush draw with two gaps and no high cards.
By request I have removed hands that are never played from the list. Either some subset of these hands are better than the larger hand, or discarding everything is better. In parenthesis I put what you should do with these hands.
High card : A jack, queen, king, or ace. These cards are retained more often because if paired up they return the original bet.
Outside straight : An open-ended straight that can be completed at either end, such as 6-7-8-9.
Inside straight : A straight with a missing inside card, such as 5-6-7-9. Note that A-2-3-4 and J-Q-K-A are considered inside straights because only one rank will complete them.
Penalty card : Sometimes one must discard a potentially useful card. In rare situations cards you would never keep can still tip the scales in favor of one play over another. For example, take the situation in footnote F. The player has a king of clubs, 10 of clubs, 9 of spades, 6 of clubs, and a 3 of diamonds. The best options are to either keep the suited 10 and king or the king only. The suited 10 and king is usually the better option. However in this scenario two potentially useful cards would be discarded, the 9 (lowering the odds of forming a straight), and the 6 of clubs (lowering the odds of forming a flush). These two penalty cards degrade the value of the suited 10 and king to below that of keeping the king only.
It should be mentioned that this strategy is mainly for academic interest or only the most avid video poker players. For practical purposes I recommend my simple strategy with a return of 99.46% or my intermediate strategy with a return of 99.52%.

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4 to a flush beats 3 to a royal if royal includes a ten and ace, and the unsuited card is a 10 or straight penalty card. Knowing this exception will add 0.00000021 to the game return.
4 to an inside straight beats suited jack and queen with 9 or flush penalty card.
3 to a straight flush, spread 5, with 1 high card vs. 4 to an inside straight, with 3 high cards: Play the 3 to a straight flush if there is no straight penalty card. Knowing this exception will add 0.00000020 to the game return.
Suited 10 and jack vs. an unsuited jack and king: If there is no flush penalty card then keeping the 10 and jack then that is the better play, otherwise keep the jack and king.
Suited 10 and queen vs. an unsuited queen and ace: If there is no flush penalty card then keeping the 10 and queen is the better play, otherwise keep the queen and ace.
Suited 10, king vs. king only: Normally the suited ten and king is better than the king alone, however if you must discard a 9 and a flush penalty card then hold the king only.

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Full-Pay Jacks or Better:

Simple Strategy (return of 99.46%)
Intermediate Strategy (return of 99.52%)
Optimal Strategy (return of 99.54%)

Full-Pay Deuces Wild:

Simple Strategy (return of 100.71%)
Optimal Strategy (return of 100.76%)
3 to a wild royal (ace-high) vs. Deuce only
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strategy is This page shows my strategy for 8/5 Bonus Poker. With optimal strategy, the expected return of 8/5 Bonus Poker is 99.17%. Often, 8/5 Bonus Poker is the best available video poker game in a given casino, so it is a valuable strategy to know. The following table shows the probability and return for each hand.

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Optimal Strategy (99.54%)

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Full-Pay Simple Strategy (100.71%)

Full-Pay Optimal Strategy (100.76%)

8/5 Bonus Poker

10/7 Double Bonus

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8/5 Super Aces

Quick Quads

9/6 Jacks or Better

8/5 Bonus Poker

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This page shows my strategy for 8/5 Bonus Poker . With optimal strategy, the expected return of 8/5 Bonus Poker is 99.17%. Often, 8/5 Bonus Poker is the best available video poker game in a given casino, so it is a valuable strategy to know. The following table shows the probability and return for each hand.
The following list shows all the difficult hands, and how to correctly play them.

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Flex Change Poker
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Going for Fours
Good Times Pay
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White Hot Aces
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Strategies

Full-Pay Jacks or Better:

Simple Strategy (return of 99.46%)
Intermediate Strategy (return of 99.52%)
Optimal Strategy (return of 99.54%)

Full-Pay Deuces Wild:

Simple Strategy (return of 100.71%)
Optimal Strategy (return of 100.76%)
3 to a wild royal (ace-high) vs. Deuce only
2 to a royal (king-high) with a straight penalty
2 to a royal (king-high) with no penalty

Quick Quads:

9/6 Jacks or Better
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9/7 Double Bonus
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strategy related A list of frequently asked questions about the Video Poker Strategy Calculator, and their answers.

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This page answers common questions, concerns, and complaints about the video poker strategy calculator .
This is most likely not an error, but the result of very carefully thought-out methodology.
A good example of this is Suited King-Ten in 8/5 Bonus Poker . This play does not appear in the basic strategy at all — the basic strategy would have you always hold only the King. However, Suited King-Ten being sometimes better than holding only the King does appear in the list of exceptions with examples of the types of hands where this applies.
To understand why this occurs, you need to understand the goal behind the basic strategy itself: The basic strategy is designed to be as accurate as possible when exceptions are not used , however, there are two ways to interpret or accomplish this task:
1. Make the basic strategy return as much as possible, regardless of how many exceptions it ends up having; or
2. Make the basic strategy have as few exceptions as possible, regardless of how much the strategy returns.
The video poker strategy calculator uses the first method, which results in a strategy that returns as much as possible for the player who chooses to disregard exceptions. In the case of 8/5 Bonus Poker, having the basic strategy omit Suited King-Ten returns more in the long run than a basic strategy which includes Suited King-Ten as always beating holding only the King.
If a play appears to be missing from the basic strategy, check the list of exceptions — it is probably there for a good reason.
If you look at the strategy for 9/6 Jacks or Better you will notice that the first line has Full House, Straight Flush, and Royal Flush, whereas the second line has the various Four of a Kinds.
There are a couple of reasons why this happens. First, the video poker strategy calculator intentionally treats Four of a Kind (when no kicker is held) as a ‘partial’ play, because in some games (such as Double Double Bonus), a kicker could increase the prize. Second, the strategy calculator traverses the basic strategy and groups together plays of the same type which do not conflict with any of the hands in between them. An example will help explain this process better.
With 9/6 Jacks or Better, before grouping plays together, the top part of the basic strategy would resemble the following:
When the software goes through the list from top to bottom, it first sees that Royal Flush and Straight Flush are of the same type, so it tries to combine them. In order to combine two plays, there must be no plays in between them which conflict with either one. In this case there are not (Royal Flush and Straight Flush are adjacent), and you cannot have both in the same hand, so they are successfully grouped together into a single line.
Next, it will try to group this new line with each of the Four of a Kind plays, but it won’t even try because they are of different types (‘Pat Hand’ holds everything whereas ‘Four of a Kind’ holds only four cards, so the plays are recognized as being different and thus not combinable). Then it will reach the Full House, and again check to see if grouping the SF/RF line with the Full House would affect the return of the strategy. Four of a Kind does not conflict with Full House, because you can never have both in the same hand. The software recognizes this and merges Full House into the line which has the Straight Flush and Royal Flush.
Eventually, the software will also look at all of the Four of a Kind plays and recognize that they can all be combined into a single line. The end result is the first two lines of the 9/6 Jacks or Better strategy; the first line has Full House, Straight Flush, and Royal Flush; and the second line has all of the various Four of a Kinds.
This might give the impression that a Full House beats Four of a Kind, however, such a comparison is moot/null/void because you can never be faced with the decision, ‘Do I keep the Four of a Kind or do I keep the Full House?’ in the same hand. Therefore it doesn’t matter whether Full House appears above or below Four of a Kind.
There are two reasons why the computer-generated strategies differ from the hand-written strategies listed on my main video poker page.
First, the hand-written strategies are more detailed, often including the expected return of each play.
Second, the hand-written strategies are custom tailored to the specific game to which they apply, whereas the strategy generator is designed to accommodate as many games as accurately and concisely as possible.
For example, in the optimal 9/6 Jacks or Better strategy , there are separate lines for holding only an Ace, only a King, only a Queen, and only a Jack. Having done it this way lets you see the expected return of each such play individually.
By contrast, the automatically-generated strategy has all four of these plays combined into a single line, because ultimately they do not conflict with each other. That is, if you had more than one high card in the hand, a better play applies anyway (JQ, JK, QK, JA, QA, or KA at the bare minimum), therefore all four of them can safely be grouped together onto a single line.
If you cannot find a certain play in either the basic strategy OR the list of exceptions, then it means that you should never make that play. For example, Suited Ace-Ten in 9/6 Jacks or Better is never the correct play, thus it never appears in the basic strategy or in the exceptions.
As described in the first question, the strategy generator makes the basic strategy as accurate as possible, regardless of how many exceptions it ends up having. That is, if you followed only the basic strategy and ignored the exceptions, the basic strategy itself returns as much as possible in the long run. As a result, there are some cases where the list of exceptions is fairly long, although each individual exception typically accounts for a negligible increase in return. The list of exceptions are sorted such that the first exception in the list occurs the most often, and the last exception in the list occurs the least often.
The way the list of exceptions is designed is as follows: if the basic strategy indicates that Play X is better than Play Y (or Play Y is completely missing from the basic strategy), but there are cases where Play Y beats Play X, an entry will appear in the list of exceptions indicating that ‘Play Y sometimes beats Play X’ with a list of every unique hand where the exception applies.
For example, in 9/6 Jacks or Better , the second exception says that holding only a King sometimes beats holding Suited King-Ten. If you expand the list of exceptions, you’ll see a list of the 80 unique hand patterns where this exception applies. The first unique hand in the list is 2♣ 3♦ 9♣ T♦ K♦ . If you look at this hand’s suits not as absolute suits but as relative suits, you’ll notice that the 3-10-K can be any one of the four suits, and the 2-9 can be any one of the other three suits, for a total of 4*3 = 12 similar hands. The list of exceptions only shows one suit rotation for each unique hand, which in this case used clubs and diamonds.
It is up to you to determine how to describe the exceptions; trying to write computer code to pinpoint the exact rules for each exception is exceedingly difficult. If you take video poker seriously enough to worry about the exceptions, chances are you’ll be able to figure out when or why each exception applies by studying the list of unique hands. For this particular exception in 9/6 Jacks or Better, it is well known that the situation which causes the King to beat Suited King-Ten is when there is a Flush penalty discard as well as a 9; each unique hand in the list of exceptions for this situation satisfies this condition.

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strategy begin Rule variations will have an effect on the player’s expected return. The numbers below show the effect on the player’s return under various rules and after taking into consideration proper basic strategy adjustments. These changes are relative to the following rules: eight decks, dealer stands on soft 17, player may double on anyfirst two cards, player can double after splitting, playermay split to 4 hands.

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strategy begin This page shows my strategy for the 10-hand version of 8/6 Ultimate X Jacks or Better. With perfect play, which requires knowing more than one correct play for many hands based on the average multiplier, the expected return of this game is 99.42%.

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This page shows my strategy for the 10-hand version of 8/6 Ultimate X Jacks or Better . With perfect play, which requires knowing more than one correct play for many hands based on the average multiplier, the expected return of this game is 99.42%. If you use the following single strategy at all times, the expected return is 99.38%. So you are giving up 0.04% in long-term return in exchange for a single, simple strategy.
Please note this strategy is not appropriate for the single-line Ultimate X game .
Below the strategy are some exceptions based on the average multiplier, which will boost the return slightly above 99.38%.
The exceptions listed below will bring the above strategy a little closer to perfect strategy. This list of exceptions is not a complete list.

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Strategies

Full-Pay Jacks or Better:

Simple Strategy (return of 99.46%)
Intermediate Strategy (return of 99.52%)
Optimal Strategy (return of 99.54%)

Full-Pay Deuces Wild:

Simple Strategy (return of 100.71%)
Optimal Strategy (return of 100.76%)
3 to a wild royal (ace-high) vs. Deuce only
2 to a royal (king-high) with a straight penalty
2 to a royal (king-high) with no penalty

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Other Strategies:

‘Not So Ugly Ducks’
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10/7 Double Bonus
10/6 Double Double Bonus

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