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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 800 495,443,136 0.000025 40,233.13 15.87 0.019884
Straight Flush 50 2,129,604,264 0.000107 9,360.06 0.26 0.005342
Four Aces 80 3,903,775,812 0.000196 5,106.14 1.22 0.015667
Four 2's, 3's, 4's 40 10,509,866,328 0.000527 1,896.62 0.80 0.021090
Four 5's through K's 25 32,688,417,336 0.001640 609.79 0.95 0.040997
Full House 8 229,516,869,924 0.011514 86.85 0.57 0.092114
Flush 5 216,873,645,000 0.010880 91.91 0.17 0.054400
Straight 4 223,676,319,912 0.011221 89.12 0.10 0.044885
Three of a Kind 3 1,484,391,167,856 0.074468 13.43 0.30 0.223405
Two Pair 2 2,577,523,603,752 0.129308 7.73 0.13 0.258616
Jacks or Better 1 4,290,810,981,444 0.215259 4.65 0.00 0.215259
Nothing 0 10,860,710,822,436 0.544855 1.84 0.54 0.000000
Totals 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 2.20 20.90 0.991660

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 800 492,246,000 0.000025 40,494.45 15.77 0.019756
Straight Flush 50 2,105,748,036 0.000106 9,466.10 0.25 0.005282
Four Aces 80 3,910,852,236 0.000196 5,096.90 1.22 0.015696
Four 2's, 3's, 4's 40 10,510,364,268 0.000527 1,896.53 0.80 0.021091
Four 5's through K's 25 32,690,360,076 0.001640 609.76 0.95 0.041000
Full House 8 229,553,390,340 0.011516 86.83 0.57 0.092129
Flush 5 216,000,342,864 0.010836 92.28 0.17 0.054181
Straight 4 222,819,869,820 0.011178 89.46 0.10 0.044713
Three of a Kind 3 1,484,764,091,892 0.074487 13.43 0.30 0.223461
Two Pair 2 2,578,014,246,996 0.129332 7.73 0.13 0.258665
Jacks or Better 1 4,297,957,998,372 0.215618 4.64 0.00 0.215618
Nothing 0 10,854,411,006,300 0.544538 1.84 0.54 0.000000
Totals 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 2.20 20.80 0.991591

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 89J; 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; 89T
2 to a Royal Flush QA; 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; 568; 578; 689; 78J; 79J; 7TJ; 89Q; 8TQ; 9TK
2 to a Straight JK; QA
2 to a Straight KA
2 to a Royal Flush TJ
2 to a Straight JA
Single Card an Ace
3 to a Straight Flush 234; 235; 245; 346; 356; 457; 467; 679; 78T; 79T
2 to a Straight QK
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 Straight: QK 2 to a Straight: QA
(more)2♣3♣Q♣K♦A♥
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♦
3 to a Straight Flush: 7TJ 2 to a Straight: JQ
(more)2♣7♦10♦J♦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: 679 Single Card: an Ace
(more)2♣6♦7♦9♦A♣
2 to a Straight: JK 3 to a Straight Flush: 78J
(more)7♣8♣9♦J♣K♦
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 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♥
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: an Ace 3 to a Straight Flush: 568
(more)4♣5♦6♦8♦A♥
Single Card: an Ace 3 to a Straight Flush: 578
(more)4♣5♦7♦8♦A♥
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: 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: 234 2 to a Straight: JK 2♣3♣4♣J♦K♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 235 2 to a Straight: JK 2♣3♣5♣J♦K♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 245 2 to a Straight: JK 2♣4♣5♣J♦K♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 346 2 to a Straight: JK 3♣4♣6♣J♦K♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 356 2 to a Straight: JK 3♣5♣6♣J♦K♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 457 2 to a Straight: JK 4♣5♣7♣J♦K♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 467 2 to a Straight: JK 4♣6♣7♣J♦K♥
3 to a Straight Flush: 679 2 to a Straight: JK 6♣7♣9♣J♦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: 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: 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: 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 Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 234 2♣3♣4♣6♦J♥
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 235 2♣3♣5♣6♦J♥
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 245 2♣4♣5♣6♦J♥
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 568 4♣5♦6♦8♦J♥
Single Card: a Jack 3 to a Straight Flush: 578 4♣5♦7♦8♦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♦