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This appendix shows the basic strategy for the Full Pay Jacks or Better version of Multistrike Poker. A Full Pay Jacks or Better game is characterized by paying 6 for a flush and 9 for a full house. With optimal strategy the Multistrike version of Full Pay Jacks or Better has a return of 99.79%, according to Bob Dancer. The free ride probabilities are 7.7% on level 1, 7.0% on level 2, and 6.4% on level 3. This strategy was created using Video Poker Strategy Master, by Tom Ski. The return of this strategy should be very close to optimal, probably within about 0.02%.

The level 4 hand, and any hand after a free ride card, should be played the same as conventional Full Pay Jacks or Better. There are many sources for this strategy including my own simple strategy, intermediate strategy, and optimal strategy.

This appendix shall show the level 1 to 3 strategies when the player did not get a free ride card. The level 1 strategy is for the first hand, level 2 for the second hand, and level 3 for the third hand. The pay tables reflect the approximate expected value of each hand, including the value of all higher levels.

Level 1



JACKS OR BETTER
VPSM Basic Strategy

806.0000 Pat Royal
 56.0000 Pat Straight Flush
 31.0000 Pat Four of a Kind
 21.1319 4 Royal
 15.0000 Pat Full House
 12.0000 Pat Flush
 10.3080 Three of a Kind
 10.0000 Pat Straight
  8.5957 Two Pair
  7.5405 High Pair JJ-AA
  5.3590 4 STFL, Open, 2345s-9TJQs
  3.8011 AKQs, AKJs, AQJs
  3.7424 4 STFL, Inside
  3.4607 QJTs, KQJs
  3.3881 KQTs, KJTs
  3.1075 4 Flush
  3.0426 TJQK
  3.0178 AKTs, AQTs, AJTs
  2.9352 QJs
  2.8487 AKs, AQs, AJs
  2.8263 KQs, KJs
  2.8242 KQJ
  2.7985 QJ
  2.7643 KQ, KJ
  2.7347 AK, AQ, AJ
  2.6651 QJ9s
  2.6249 AKQJ
  2.5465 Low Pair 22-TT
  2.5213 9TJQ
  2.4863 King
  2.4752 Queen
  2.4535 Jack
  2.4514 KQ9s, KJ9s
  2.4509 QJ8s
  2.3845 Ace
  2.1915 4 ST, Inside, 3 Hi Cards
  2.1489 89TJ
  2.1258 JT9s
  1.9121 QT9s, JT8s, J98s
  1.7535 Redraw

       PAYTABLE
----------------------
Royal Flush     806.00
Straight Flush   56.00
Four of a Kind   31.00
Full House       15.00
Flush            12.00
Straight         10.00
Three of Kind     9.00
Two Pair          8.00
Jacks or Better   7.00

Level 2

JACKS OR BETTER
VPSM Basic Strategy

804.0000 Pat Royal
 54.0000 Pat Straight Flush
 29.0000 Pat Four of a Kind
 20.2298 4 Royal
 13.0000 Pat Full House
 10.0000 Pat Flush
  8.3080 Three of a Kind
  8.0000 Pat Straight
  6.5957 Two Pair
  5.5405 High Pair JJ-AA
  4.7154 4 STFL, Open, 2345s-9TJQs
  3.2385 4 STFL, Inside
  2.9963 AKQs, AKJs, AQJs
  2.8002 QJTs, KQJs
  2.7248 KQTs, KJTs
  2.4932 4 Flush
  2.4368 AKTs, AQTs, AJTs
  2.3191 TJQK
  2.1568 QJs
  2.0916 AKs, AQs, AJs
  2.0783 KQs, KJs
  2.0546 KQJ
  2.0336 QJ
  2.0194 QJ9s
  2.0062 KQ, KJ
  1.9825 AK, AQ, AJ
  1.9722 Low Pair 22-TT
  1.9479 AKQJ
  1.9468 9TJQ
  1.8455 QJ8s
  1.8427 KQ9s, KJ9s
  1.8133 King
  1.8069 Queen
  1.7937 Jack
  1.7431 Ace
  1.6809 89TJ
  1.6577 JT9s
  1.6383 4 ST, Inside, 3 Hi Cards
  1.4810 QT9s, JT8s, J98s
  1.3617 4 ST, Open, 2345-789T
  1.3304 3 STFL, 2 Gaps, 1 Hi
  1.2889 Redraw

       PAYTABLE
----------------------
Royal Flush     804.00
Straight Flush   54.00
Four of a Kind   29.00
Full House       13.00
Flush            10.00
Straight          8.00
Three of Kind     7.00
Two Pair          6.00
Jacks or Better   5.00

Level 3

JACKS OR BETTER
VPSM Basic Strategy

802.0000 Pat Royal
 52.0000 Pat Straight Flush
 27.0000 Pat Four of a Kind
 19.3277 4 Royal
 11.0000 Pat Full House
  8.0000 Pat Flush
  6.3080 Three of a Kind
  6.0000 Pat Straight
  4.5957 Two Pair
  4.0718 4 STFL, Open, 2345s-9TJQs
  3.5405 High Pair JJ-AA
  2.7346 4 STFL, Inside
  2.1915 AKQs, AKJs, AQJs
  2.1397 QJTs, KQJs
  2.0615 KQTs, KJTs
  1.8789 4 Flush
  1.8558 AKTs, AQTs, AJTs
  1.5957 TJQK
  1.3980 Low Pair 22-TT
  1.3784 QJs
  1.3737 QJ9s
  1.3723 9TJQ
  1.3345 AKs, AQs, AJs
  1.3302 KQs, KJs
  1.2849 KQJ
  1.2708 AKQJ
  1.2687 QJ
  1.2482 KQ, KJ
  1.2401 QJ8s
  1.2340 KQ9s, KJ9s
  1.2304 AK, AQ, AJ
  1.2128 89TJ
  1.1896 JT9s
  1.1402 King
  1.1387 Queen
  1.1340 Jack
  1.1016 Ace
  1.0851 4 ST, Inside, 3 Hi Cards
  1.0500 QT9s, JT8s, J98s
  1.0213 4 ST, Open, 2345-789T
  0.9311 3 STFL, 2 Gaps, 1 Hi
  0.8964 3 STFL, Open, 345s-89Ts
  0.8243 Redraw

       PAYTABLE
----------------------
Royal Flush     802.00
Straight Flush   52.00
Four of a Kind   27.00
Full House       11.00
Flush             8.00
Straight          6.00
Three of Kind     5.00
Two Pair          4.00
Jacks or Better   3.00

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