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The following table shows the results when following perfect strategy (basic strategy and all of the exceptions):

Perfect Strategy Analysis

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Hit Frequency Variance Return
Royal Flush 800 495,244,476 0.000025 40,249.27 15.86 0.019876
Straight Flush 50 2,113,095,360 0.000106 9,433.19 0.25 0.005300
Four Aces 80 3,903,811,932 0.000196 5,106.09 1.22 0.015668
Four J's, Q's, K's 40 11,700,286,584 0.000587 1,703.65 0.89 0.023479
Four 2's through 10's 25 31,500,020,832 0.001580 632.80 0.91 0.039507
Full House 8 229,529,928,852 0.011515 86.84 0.57 0.092120
Flush 5 216,478,112,424 0.010860 92.08 0.17 0.054301
Straight 4 223,486,509,828 0.011212 89.19 0.10 0.044847
Three of a Kind 3 1,484,505,645,036 0.074474 13.43 0.30 0.223422
Two Pair 2 2,577,731,083,740 0.129318 7.73 0.13 0.258637
Jacks or Better 1 4,293,595,533,132 0.215399 4.64 0.00 0.215399
Nothing 0 10,858,191,245,004 0.544728 1.84 0.54 0.000000
Totals 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 2.20 20.95 0.992555

The following table shows the results when following basic strategy only (not its exceptions):

Basic Strategy Analysis

Hand Payoff Combinations Probability Hit Frequency Variance Return
Royal Flush 800 492,283,152 0.000025 40,491.39 15.77 0.019757
Straight Flush 50 2,093,114,292 0.000105 9,523.24 0.25 0.005250
Four Aces 80 3,906,600,912 0.000196 5,102.45 1.22 0.015679
Four J's, Q's, K's 40 11,707,858,368 0.000587 1,702.55 0.89 0.023494
Four 2's through 10's 25 31,498,421,748 0.001580 632.83 0.91 0.039505
Full House 8 229,562,343,972 0.011517 86.83 0.57 0.092133
Flush 5 215,739,980,616 0.010823 92.39 0.17 0.054116
Straight 4 222,967,670,796 0.011186 89.40 0.10 0.044743
Three of a Kind 3 1,484,841,065,676 0.074491 13.42 0.30 0.223472
Two Pair 2 2,578,159,074,780 0.129340 7.73 0.13 0.258680
Jacks or Better 1 4,299,761,018,988 0.215708 4.64 0.00 0.215708
Nothing 0 10,852,501,083,900 0.544443 1.84 0.54 0.000000
Totals 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 2.20 20.85 0.992536

The following table shows the basic strategy:

Basic Strategy

Type of Play Play Details
Pat Hand Full House; Straight Flush; Royal Flush
4 of a Kind
(more)2222; 3333; 4444; 5555; 6666; 7777; 8888; 9999; TTTT; JJJJ; QQQQ; KKKK...
4 to a Royal Flush TJQA; TJQK; TJKA; TQKA; JQKA
3 of a Kind 222; 333; 444; 555; 666; 777; 888; 999; TTT; JJJ; QQQ; KKK; AAA
Pat Hand Straight; Flush
2 Pair
(more)2233; 2244; 2255; 2266; 2277; 2288; 2299; 22TT; 22JJ; 22QQ; 22KK; 22AA...
4 to a Straight Flush
(more)A234; A235; A245; A345; 2345; 2346; 2356; 2456; 3456; 3457; 3467; 3567...
1 Pair JJ; QQ; KK; AA
3 to a Royal Flush TJA; TJQ; TJK; TQA; TQK; TKA; JQA; JQK; JKA; QKA
4 to a Flush
(more)2347; 2348; 2349; 234T; 234J; 234Q; 234K; 2357; 2358; 2359; 235T; 235J...
4 to a Straight TJQK
1 Pair 22; 33; 44; 55; 66; 77; 88; 99; TT
4 to a Straight 2345; 3456; 4567; 5678; 6789; 789T; 89TJ; 9TJQ
3 to a Straight Flush 8TJ; 8JQ; 9TJ; 9TQ; 9JQ
4 to a Straight JQKA
3 to a Straight Flush 9JK; 9QK
2 to a Royal Flush JA; JQ; JK; QK
3 to a Straight Flush 456; 567; 678; 789; 89J
2 to a Royal Flush QA
3 to a Straight Flush 89T
2 to a Royal Flush KA
3 to a Straight Flush 345
4 to a Straight 9JQK; TJQA; TJKA; TQKA
3 to a Straight JQK
2 to a Straight JQ
3 to a Straight Flush A23; A24; A25; A34; A35; A45; 689; 78J; 79J; 7TJ; 89Q; 8TQ; 9TK
2 to a Straight JK; QK
2 to a Royal Flush TJ
2 to a Straight JA; QA; KA
Single Card an Ace
3 to a Straight Flush 234; 235; 245; 346; 356; 457; 467; 568; 578; 679; 78T; 79T
2 to a Royal Flush TQ
Single Card a Jack; a Queen; a King
3 to a Straight Flush 236; 246; 256; 347; 357; 367; 458; 468; 478; 569; 579; 589; 67T; 68T; 69T
Garbage Discard everything

The following table shows the exceptions to the basic strategy:

Basic Strategy Exceptions

Right Play Wrong Play Pattern(s)
2 to a Royal Flush: TK Single Card: a King
(more)2♣3♣4♦10♥K♥
2 to a Royal Flush: TJ 2 to a Straight: JK
(more)2♣3♣10♦J♦K♣
2 to a Straight: JA 2 to a Royal Flush: TJ
(more)2♣7♦10♣J♣A♦
2 to a Royal Flush: JQ 3 to a Straight Flush: 8JQ
(more)2♣8♦9♣J♦Q♦
3 to a Straight Flush: 7TJ 2 to a Straight: JQ
(more)2♣7♦10♦J♦Q♣
Single Card: a Queen 2 to a Royal Flush: TQ
(more)2♣8♦9♦10♣Q♣
3 to a Straight Flush: 78T Single Card: an Ace
(more)2♣7♦8♦10♦A♣
3 to a Straight Flush: 79T Single Card: an Ace
(more)2♣7♦9♦10♦A♣
3 to a Straight Flush: 346 Single Card: an Ace
(more)2♣3♦4♦6♦A♣
3 to a Straight Flush: 356 Single Card: an Ace
(more)2♣3♦5♦6♦A♣
3 to a Straight Flush: 457 Single Card: an Ace
(more)2♣4♦5♦7♦A♣
3 to a Straight Flush: 467 Single Card: an Ace
(more)2♣4♦6♦7♦A♣
3 to a Straight Flush: 568 Single Card: an Ace
(more)2♣5♦6♦8♦A♣
3 to a Straight Flush: 578 Single Card: an Ace
(more)2♣5♦7♦8♦A♣
3 to a Straight Flush: 679 Single Card: an Ace
(more)2♣6♦7♦9♦A♣
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 346
(more)2♣3♦4♦6♦J♣
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 356
(more)2♣3♦5♦6♦J♣
2 to a Straight: JK 3 to a Straight Flush: 78J
(more)7♣8♣9♦J♣K♦
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 457
(more)3♣4♦5♦7♦J♣
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 467
(more)3♣4♦6♦7♦J♣
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 568
(more)4♣5♦6♦8♦J♣
3 to a Straight Flush: 234 Single Card: an Ace
(more)2♣3♣4♣7♦A♦
3 to a Straight Flush: 235 Single Card: an Ace
(more)2♣3♣5♣7♦A♦
3 to a Straight Flush: 245 Single Card: an Ace
(more)2♣4♣5♣7♦A♦
Single Card: a Queen 3 to a Straight Flush: 346
(more)2♣3♦4♦6♦Q♥
Single Card: a Queen 3 to a Straight Flush: 356
(more)2♣3♦5♦6♦Q♥
Single Card: a Queen 3 to a Straight Flush: 457
(more)3♣4♦5♦7♦Q♥
Single Card: a Queen 3 to a Straight Flush: 467
(more)3♣4♦6♦7♦Q♥
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 578
(more)4♣5♦7♦8♦J♥
Single Card: an Ace 3 to a Straight Flush: 689
(more)5♣6♦8♦9♦A♥
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 234
(more)2♣3♣4♣6♦J♦
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 235
(more)2♣3♣5♣6♦J♦
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 245
(more)2♣4♣5♣6♦J♦
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 78T
(more)6♣7♦8♦10♦J♣
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 79T
(more)6♣7♦9♦10♦J♣
2 to a Straight: JK 3 to a Straight Flush: 79J
(more)7♣8♦9♣J♣K♦
2 to a Straight: JK 3 to a Straight Flush: 7TJ
(more)7♣8♦10♣J♣K♦
3 to a Straight Flush: 78J 2 to a Straight: JQ 7♣8♣J♣Q♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 79J 2 to a Straight: JQ 7♣9♣J♣Q♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 679 2 to a Straight: JK 6♣7♣9♣J♦K♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 679 2 to a Straight: QK 6♣7♣9♣Q♦K♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 78T 2 to a Straight: QK 7♣8♣10♣Q♦K♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 79T 2 to a Straight: QK 7♣9♣10♣Q♦K♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 346 2 to a Straight: JA 3♣4♣6♣J♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 356 2 to a Straight: JA 3♣5♣6♣J♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 457 2 to a Straight: JA 4♣5♣7♣J♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 467 2 to a Straight: JA 4♣6♣7♣J♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 568 2 to a Straight: JA 5♣6♣8♣J♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 578 2 to a Straight: JA 5♣7♣8♣J♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 679 2 to a Straight: JA 6♣7♣9♣J♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 78T 2 to a Straight: JA 7♣8♣10♣J♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 79T 2 to a Straight: JA 7♣9♣10♣J♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 346 2 to a Straight: QA 3♣4♣6♣Q♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 356 2 to a Straight: QA 3♣5♣6♣Q♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 457 2 to a Straight: QA 4♣5♣7♣Q♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 467 2 to a Straight: QA 4♣6♣7♣Q♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 568 2 to a Straight: QA 5♣6♣8♣Q♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 578 2 to a Straight: QA 5♣7♣8♣Q♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 679 2 to a Straight: QA 6♣7♣9♣Q♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 78T 2 to a Straight: QA 7♣8♣10♣Q♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 79T 2 to a Straight: QA 7♣9♣10♣Q♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 346 2 to a Straight: KA 3♣4♣6♣K♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 356 2 to a Straight: KA 3♣5♣6♣K♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 457 2 to a Straight: KA 4♣5♣7♣K♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 467 2 to a Straight: KA 4♣6♣7♣K♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 568 2 to a Straight: KA 5♣6♣8♣K♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 578 2 to a Straight: KA 5♣7♣8♣K♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 679 2 to a Straight: KA 6♣7♣9♣K♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 78T 2 to a Straight: KA 7♣8♣10♣K♦A♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 79T 2 to a Straight: KA 7♣9♣10♣K♦A♥
Single Card: a Queen 3 to a Straight Flush: 234 2♣3♣4♣6♦Q♥
Single Card: a Queen 3 to a Straight Flush: 235 2♣3♣5♣6♦Q♥
Single Card: a Queen 3 to a Straight Flush: 245 2♣4♣5♣6♦Q♥
Single Card: a Queen 3 to a Straight Flush: 568 4♣5♦6♦8♦Q♥
Single Card: a Queen 3 to a Straight Flush: 578 4♣5♦7♦8♦Q♥
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 679 5♣6♦7♦9♦J♥
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 689 5♣6♦8♦9♦J♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 578 2 to a Royal Flush: TJ 5♣7♣8♣10♦J♦
3 to a Straight Flush: 456 2 to a Royal Flush: JA 4♣5♣6♣J♦A♦
3 to a Straight Flush: 567 2 to a Royal Flush: JA 5♣6♣7♣J♦A♦
3 to a Straight Flush: 678 2 to a Royal Flush: JA 6♣7♣8♣J♦A♦