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Joker Poker (Joker’s Wild), Kings or better - analysis

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Sometimes a sequential royal pays 4,000 per coin bet, based on max coins bet. Based on a weighted royal flush win of 853, and not considering any card position strategy changes, the sequential royal award increases the return by 0.13%.

Joker Poker - 100.64%

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 596131848 0.000024 0.019411
Five of a kind 200 2293355592 0.000093 0.018669
Wild royal flush 100 2556304788 0.000104 0.010405
Straight flush 50 14124168708 0.000575 0.028744
Four of a kind 20 210195973152 0.008555 0.171108
Full house 7 385217432424 0.015679 0.109754
Flush 5 382699900596 0.015577 0.077883
Straight 3 407718668724 0.016595 0.049785
Three of a kind 2 3290682627144 0.133937 0.267874
Two pair 1 2724028817400 0.110873 0.110873
Kings or better 1 3487746690372 0.141958 0.141958
Nothing 0 13661005450452 0.556029 0.000000
Total 24568865521200 1.000000 1.006463

Joker Poker — 99.98%

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 47,984,845 0.000023 0.018750
Five of a kind 150 191,111,660 0.000093 0.014002
Wild royal flush 80 203,727,547 0.000100 0.007960
Straight flush 50 1,176,056,465 0.000574 0.028721
Four of a kind 20 17,505,442,379 0.008550 0.171001
Full house 7 32,092,748,541 0.015675 0.109724
Flush 5 32,081,163,138 0.015669 0.078346
Straight 3 34,089,122,415 0.016650 0.049950
Three of a kind 2 274,138,386,350 0.133896 0.267791
Two pair 1 227,176,386,894 0.110958 0.110958
Kings or better 1 291,880,025,422 0.142561 0.142561
Nothing 0 1,136,823,304,444 0.555251 0.000000
Total 2,047,405,460,100 1.000000 0.999763


Joker Wild — 99.29%

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 940 53,210,970 0.000026 0.024430
Five of a kind 200 190,690,095 0.000093 0.018627
Wild royal flush 100 220,463,724 0.000108 0.010768
Straight flush 50 1,188,505,342 0.000580 0.029025
Four of a kind 18 17,456,819,040 0.008526 0.153474
Full house 7 32,019,543,810 0.015639 0.109474
Flush 5 32,379,404,729 0.015815 0.079074
Straight 3 34,462,396,753 0.016832 0.050497
Three of a kind 2 273,204,657,945 0.133439 0.266879
Two pair 1 226,476,670,545 0.110616 0.110616
Kings or better 1 286,778,054,108 0.140069 0.140069
Nothing 0 1,142,975,043,489 0.558255 0.000000
Total 2,047,405,460,550 1.000000 0.992933

Joker Poker — 98.93%

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 577689240 0.000024 0.018810
Five of a kind 200 2293339920 0.000093 0.018669
Wild royal flush 100 2450343864 0.000100 0.009973
Straight flush 50 14118290880 0.000575 0.028732
Four of a kind 18 210065308548 0.008550 0.153901
Full house 7 385112982492 0.015675 0.109724
Flush 5 385269591456 0.015681 0.078406
Straight 3 409235996880 0.016657 0.049970
Three of a kind 2 3289660636200 0.133896 0.267791
Two pair 1 2726116642728 0.110958 0.110958
Kings or better 1 3498355943364 0.142390 0.142390
Nothing 0 13645608755628 0.555402 0.000000
Total 24568865521200 1.000000 0.989325

The following pay table is used at Microgaming casinos.

Joker Poker — 98.60%

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 1000 53,360,535 0.000026 0.026063
Five of a kind 200 190,121,385 0.000093 0.018572
Wild royal flush 100 219,754,959 0.000107 0.010733
Straight flush 50 1,215,932,377 0.000594 0.029694
Four of a kind 17 17,396,286,750 0.008497 0.144445
Full house 7 31,947,736,905 0.015604 0.109228
Flush 5 32,706,673,579 0.015975 0.079873
Straight 3 34,553,340,778 0.016877 0.050630
Three of a kind 2 272,559,510,315 0.133124 0.266249
Two pair 1 226,202,937,120 0.110483 0.110483
Kings or better 1 286,670,873,923 0.140017 0.140017
Nothing 0 1,143,688,931,474 0.558604 0.000000
Total 2,047,405,460,100 1.000000 0.985987

Joker Poker - 98.59%

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 571069812 0.000023 0.018595
Five of a kind 800 2229721608 0.000091 0.072603
Wild royal flush 100 2258559732 0.000092 0.009193
Straight flush 100 18782015520 0.000764 0.076446
Four of a kind 16 200637576768 0.008166 0.130661
Full house 8 369789203016 0.015051 0.120409
Flush 5 476627340576 0.019400 0.096998
Straight 4 656256122328 0.026711 0.106844
Three of a kind 2 3065268988956 0.124762 0.249525
Two pair 1 2570307537960 0.104616 0.104616
Kings or better 0 2002727548452 0.081515 0.000000
Nothing 0 15203409836472 0.618808 0.000000
Total 24568865521200 1.000000 0.985891

Joker Poker - 98.44%

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 940 638523960 0.000026 0.024430
Five of a kind 200 2281449900 0.000093 0.018572
Wild royal flush 100 2633285568 0.000107 0.010718
Straight flush 50 14594156664 0.000594 0.029701
Four of a kind 17 208753193640 0.008497 0.144443
Full house 7 383560080840 0.015612 0.109281
Flush 5 392506720488 0.015976 0.079879
Straight 3 414601317756 0.016875 0.050625
Three of a kind 2 3270621882900 0.133121 0.266241
Two pair 1 2716016848740 0.110547 0.110547
Kings or better 1 3439349659596 0.139988 0.139988
Nothing 0 13723308401148 0.558565 0.000000
Total 24568865521200 1.000000 0.984425

Joker Poker - 98.41%

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 580046100 0.000024 0.018887
Five of a kind 150 2292047916 0.000093 0.013994
Wild royal flush 80 2451675540 0.000100 0.007983
Straight flush 50 14224476648 0.000579 0.028948
Four of a kind 20 209888423340 0.008543 0.170857
Full house 6 384848064108 0.015664 0.093984
Flush 5 386116912512 0.015716 0.078578
Straight 3 411007642452 0.016729 0.050186
Three of a kind 2 3286599832932 0.133771 0.267542
Two pair 1 2723977361124 0.110871 0.110871
Kings or better 1 3495203658912 0.142261 0.142261
Nothing 0 13651675379616 0.555649 0.000000
Total 24568865521200 1.000000 0.984093

Joker Poker - 98.09%

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 607139700 0.000025 0.019769
Five of a kind 200 2283285360 0.000093 0.018587
Wild royal flush 100 2555007948 0.000104 0.010399
Straight flush 50 14597016984 0.000594 0.029706
Four of a kind 17 208996727700 0.008507 0.144612
Full house 7 383923305900 0.015626 0.109385
Flush 5 389144795688 0.015839 0.079195
Straight 3 414064371420 0.016853 0.050560
Three of a kind 2 3275353027560 0.133313 0.266626
Two pair 1 2718970567200 0.110667 0.110667
Kings or better 1 3472756285128 0.141348 0.141348
Nothing 0 13685613990612 0.557031 0.000000
Total 24568865521200 1.000000 0.980854

Joker Poker - 96.74%

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 940 638501520 0.000026 0.024429
Five of a kind 200 2280490560 0.000093 0.018564
Wild royal flush 100 2631049968 0.000107 0.010709
Straight flush 50 14668068564 0.000597 0.029851
Four of a kind 15 208664096760 0.008493 0.127395
Full house 7 383486440500 0.015609 0.109260
Flush 5 393117041328 0.016001 0.080003
Straight 3 415352892216 0.016906 0.050717
Three of a kind 2 3269682481320 0.133082 0.266165
Two pair 1 2715824704860 0.110539 0.110539
Kings or better 1 3434792688696 0.139803 0.139803
Nothing 0 13727727064908 0.558745 0.000000
Total 24568865521200 1.000000 0.967435


Joker Poker - 96.38%

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 615553800 0.000025 0.020043
Five of a kind 200 2281682436 0.000093 0.018574
Wild royal flush 100 2573357844 0.000105 0.010474
Straight flush 50 14670511956 0.000597 0.029856
Four of a kind 15 208822318980 0.008499 0.127492
Full house 7 383725872288 0.015618 0.109329
Flush 5 390467177280 0.015893 0.079464
Straight 3 415055608380 0.016894 0.050681
Three of a kind 2 3272739754812 0.133207 0.266414
Two pair 1 2717828856864 0.110621 0.110621
Kings or better 1 3461783373096 0.140901 0.140901
Nothing 0 13698301453464 0.557547 0.000000
Total 24568865521200 1.000000 0.963848

Joker Poker — 95.67%

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 615,552,540 0.000025 0.020043
Five of a kind 200 2,281,952,316 0.000093 0.018576
Wild royal flush 100 2,574,016,404 0.000105 0.010477
Straight flush 50 14,652,758,076 0.000596 0.029820
Four of a kind 16 208,844,242,500 0.008500 0.136006
Full house 6 383,739,274,548 0.015619 0.093714
Flush 5 390,323,606,100 0.015887 0.079435
Straight 3 414,947,030,400 0.016889 0.050667
Three of a kind 2 3,272,889,107,892 0.133213 0.266426
Two pair 1 2,717,828,263,404 0.110621 0.110621
Kings or better 1 3,462,869,564,496 0.140945 0.140945
Nothing 0 13,697,300,152,524 0.557506 0.000000
Total 24,568,865,521,200 1.000000 0.956729

Joker Poker - 95.46%

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Natural royal flush 800 564772200 0.000023 0.018390
Five of a kind 200 2302097784 0.000094 0.018740
Wild royal flush 100 2560614348 0.000104 0.010422
Straight flush 40 13299512592 0.000541 0.021653
Four of a kind 20 211476761016 0.008608 0.172150
Full house 5 386989567056 0.015751 0.078756
Flush 4 354307503120 0.014421 0.057684
Straight 3 419488955808 0.017074 0.051222
Three of a kind 2 3312155468508 0.134811 0.269622
Two pair 1 2733687092592 0.111266 0.111266
Kings or better 1 3554242427700 0.144664 0.144664
Nothing 0 13577790748476 0.552642 0.000000
Total 24568865521200 1.000000 0.954570
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