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Introduction

This page shows my strategy for 10/6 Double Double Bonus Poker. With optimal strategy, the expected return of 10/6 Double Double Bonus is 100.07%. 10/6 Double Double Bonus is hard to find, but does exist at some Vegas casinos. This strategy will also work fine for 9/6 Double Double Bonus (with a return of 98.98%). The following table shows the probability and return for each hand.

"10/6" Double Double Bonus — 100.07%

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 488778744 0.000025 0.019617
Straight flush 50 2184595380 0.000110 0.005480
4 aces + 2-4 400 1227703884 0.000062 0.024636
4 2-4 + A-4 160 2854373148 0.000143 0.022911
4 aces + 5-K 160 3460044144 0.000174 0.027773
4 2-4 + 5-K 80 7662444216 0.000384 0.030752
4 5-K 50 32505224436 0.001631 0.081535
Full house 10 216538304868 0.010863 0.108632
Flush 6 225383782236 0.011307 0.067842
Straight 4 254016213636 0.012743 0.050973
3 of a kind 3 1500911478996 0.075297 0.225891
Two pair 1 2454252380532 0.123124 0.123124
Jacks or better 1 4215941787060 0.211503 0.211503
Nothing 0 11015803405920 0.552635 0.000000
Total 19933230517200 1.000000 1.000670

Conflict Hands

The following list shows all the difficult hands, and how to correctly play them.

Definitions:
  • High Card = Jack, Queen, King or Ace
  • Straight Flush draw (type 1) = Open ended straight flush draw, in which the number of high cards equals or exceeds number of gaps.
  • Straight Flush draw (type 2) = Open ended straight flush draw, with one gap, or two gaps with one high card, any ace-low, or 234 suited.
  • Straight Flush draw (type 3) = Straight flush draw with two gaps and no high cards.

  1. K Q J T 9 Straight Flush or 4 to a Royal Flush: Keep the straight flush
  2. A A A 5 5 Three Aces or Full House: Keep the three aces
  3. 7 7 7 9 9 Full House or Three of a Kind (other than aces): Keep the full house
  4. 2 3 9 4 6 Flush or 4 to a Straight Flush: Keep the flush
  5. 5 6 7 8 9 Straight or 4 to a Straight Flush: Keep the straight
  6. A A 7 7 T Pair of Aces or Two Pair: Keep the pair of aces
  7. A A K Q J Pair of Aces or 3 to a Royal Flush: Keep the pair of aces
  8. J J Q K K Two Pair or 3 to a Royal Flush: Keep the two pair
  9. J J Q K 9 High Pair (J/Q/K) or 3 to a Royal Flush (suited KQJ): Keep the suited KQJ
  10. J J T Q A High Pair (J/Q/K) or 3 to a Royal Flush (except KQJ): Keep the high pair
  11. A K Q 5 7 3 to a Royal Flush (except TJA/TQA/TKA) or 4 to a Flush: Keep the 3 to a royal flush
  12. A K T 5 7 3 to a Royal Flush (suited TJA/TQA/TKA) or 4 to a Flush: Keep the 4 to a flush
  13. K Q J T 8 3 to a Royal Flush or 4 to an outside straight with 1+ high cards: Keep the 3 to a royal flush
  14. K Q J T T 4 to an outside straight with 1+ high cards or low pair: Go for the straight
  15. 4 5 6 7 7 Low pair or 4 to an outside straight with 0 high cards: Keep the low pair
  16. 3 4 5 6 8 4 to an outside straight with 0 high cards or 3 to a straight flush (any type): Go for the straight
  17. 4 5 6 J Q 3 to a straight flush (type 1) or 2 suited high cards: Go for the straight flush
  18. 9 J Q K 3 2 suited high cards or 4 to an inside straight with 3 high cards: Keep the 2 suited high cards
  19. J A 2 3 4 2 suited high cards or 3 to a straight flush (type 1 or 2): Keep the 2 suited high cards
  20. 8 9 J Q K 4 to an inside straight with 3 high cards or 3 to a straight flush (type 2): Keep 4 to an inside straight with 3 high cards
  21. 8 J Q K 2 3 to a straight flush (type 2) or KQJ unsuited: Go for the straight flush
  22. 2 4 5 A 6 3 to a straight flush (type 2) or Ace: Go for the straight flush
  23. 2 3 4 J Q 3 to a straight flush (type 2) or QJ unsuited: Go for the straight flush
  24. 5 6 8 T J 3 to a straight flush (type 2) or JT suited: Go for the straight flush
  25. Q J A 9 7 QJ unsuited or Ace: Keep the QJ unsuited
  26. A T J 6 3 Ace or JT suited: Keep the Ace
  27. A K Q 7 4 Ace or KQ/KJ unsuited: Keep the Ace
  28. T K A 9 8 Ace or KT/QT suited: Keep the Ace
  29. A J 5 7 8 Ace or AK/AQ/AJ unsuited: Keep the Ace
  30. A 6 9 T 4 Ace or 3 to a straight flush (type 3): Keep the Ace
  31. K J T 8 5 JT suited or KJ unsuited: Keep the JT suited
  32. J T 2 4 6 JT suited or 3 to a straight flush (type 1): Keep the JT suited
  33. K Q T 8 5 KQ/KJ unsuited or KT/QT suited: Keep the unsuited KQ/KJ
  34. K J 3 5 7 KQ/KJ unsuited or 3 to a straight flush (type 1): Keep the unsuited KQ/KJ
  35. Q T 8 4 2 KT/QT suited or King/Queen/Jack only: Keep the suited KT/QT
  36. Q T 4 5 8 KT/QT suited or 3 to a straight flush (type 1): Keep the suited KT/QT
  37. J 4 6 8 2 Jack/Queen/King or 3 to a straight flush (type 3): Keep the Jack, Queen or King
  38. J 3 4 5 7 Jack/Queen/King or 4 to an inside straight with 0 high cards: Keep the Jack, Queen or King
  39. 2 3 4 6 7 3 to a straight flush (type 3) or 4 to an inside straight with 0 high cards: Keep the 3 to a straight flush (type 3)

Traditional Strategy Table

The following list shows the value of each type of hand on the deal, in order from best to worst. To play a difficult hand, look up all viable ways to play it on the list, and play the highest one. Plays that do not appear on the list, such as four to an inside straight with one high card, should never be made. In that example, you would play the high card only.

  1. Straight flush, royal flush
  2. Four of a kind (hold kicker if appropriate)
  3. 4 to a royal flush
  4. Three aces
  5. Straight, flush, full house
  6. Three of a kind (except aces)
  7. 4 to a straight flush
  8. High pair (Aces)
  9. Two pair
  10. 3 to a royal flush - KQJ
  11. High pair (J,Q,K)
  12. 3 to a royal flush - AKQ, AKJ, AQJ, KQT, KJT, QJT
  13. 4 to a flush
  14. 3 to a royal flush - AKT, AQT, AJT
  15. 4 to an outside straight with 1 or more high cards
  16. Low pair
  17. AKQJ unsuited
  18. 4 to an outside straight with 0 high cards
  19. 3 to a straight flush (type 1)
  20. 2 suited high cards
  21. 4 to an inside straight with 3 high cards
  22. 3 to a straight flush (type 2)
  23. KQJ unsuited
  24. 4 to an inside straight with 2 high cards
  25. QJ unsuited
  26. Ace
  27. JT suited
  28. KQ, KJ unsuited
  29. KT, QT suited
  30. Jack, Queen or King
  31. 3 to a straight flush (type 3)
  32. 4 to an inside straight with 0 high cards
  33. Discard everything

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