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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 800 473,734,764 0.000024 42,076.77 15.17 0.019013
Straight Flush 50 2,173,028,208 0.000109 9,173.02 0.26 0.005451
Four of a Kind 80 47,036,533,668 0.002360 423.78 14.73 0.188776
Full House 9 229,024,825,812 0.011490 87.04 0.74 0.103406
Flush 6 221,668,234,968 0.011121 89.92 0.28 0.066723
Straight 4 254,739,744,708 0.012780 78.25 0.12 0.051119
Three of a Kind 3 1,476,869,429,076 0.074091 13.50 0.30 0.222272
Two Pair 1 2,559,283,090,740 0.128393 7.79 0.00 0.128393
Jacks or Better 1 4,211,166,789,108 0.211264 4.73 0.00 0.211264
Nothing 0 10,930,795,106,148 0.548370 1.82 0.54 0.000000
Totals 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 2.21 32.13 0.996417

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 800 477,851,928 0.000024 41,714.24 15.30 0.019178
Straight Flush 50 2,177,376,540 0.000109 9,154.70 0.26 0.005462
Four of a Kind 80 47,020,530,444 0.002359 423.93 14.72 0.188712
Full House 9 228,986,215,596 0.011488 87.05 0.74 0.103389
Flush 6 221,971,242,552 0.011136 89.80 0.28 0.066814
Straight 4 253,972,115,244 0.012741 78.49 0.11 0.050965
Three of a Kind 3 1,476,497,430,744 0.074072 13.50 0.30 0.222216
Two Pair 1 2,559,223,308,528 0.128390 7.79 0.00 0.128390
Jacks or Better 1 4,211,291,494,440 0.211270 4.73 0.00 0.211270
Nothing 0 10,931,612,951,184 0.548412 1.82 0.54 0.000000
Totals 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 2.21 32.26 0.996396

The following table shows the basic strategy:

Basic Strategy

Type of Play Play Details
4 of a Kind
(more)2222; 3333; 4444; 5555; 6666; 7777; 8888; 9999; TTTT; JJJJ; QQQQ; KKKK...
Pat Hand Full House; Straight Flush; Royal Flush
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
4 to a Straight Flush
(more)A234; A235; A245; A345; 2345; 2346; 2356; 2456; 3456; 3457; 3467; 3567...
2 Pair
(more)2233; 2244; 2255; 2266; 2277; 2288; 2299; 22TT; 22JJ; 22QQ; 22KK; 22AA...
1 Pair JJ; QQ; KK; AA
4 to a Flush
(more)2347; 2348; 2349; 234T; 234J; 234Q; 234K; 2357; 2358; 2359; 235T; 235J...
3 to a Royal Flush TJA; TJQ; TJK; TQA; TQK; TKA; JQA; JQK; JKA; QKA
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 345; 456; 567; 678; 789; 89T; 89J; 8TJ; 8JQ; 9TJ; 9TQ; 9JQ; 9JK; 9QK
4 to a Straight JQKA
2 to a Royal Flush JA; JQ; JK; QA; QK; KA
4 to a Straight 9JQK; TJQA; TJKA; TQKA
3 to a Straight Flush
(more)A23; A24; A25; A34; A35; A45; 234; 235; 245; 346; 356; 457; 467; 568...
3 to a Straight JQK
4 to a Straight 89JQ; 8TJQ; 9TJK; 9TQK
2 to a Straight JQ; QK
2 to a Royal Flush TJ; TQ
2 to a Straight JK; QA
2 to a Straight JA; KA
2 to a Royal Flush TK
Single Card a Jack; a Queen; a King; an Ace
3 to a Straight Flush 236; 246; 256; 347; 357; 367; 458; 468; 478; 569; 579; 589; 67T; 68T; 69T
4 to a Straight
(more)2346; 2356; 2456; 3457; 3467; 3567; 4568; 4578; 4678; 5679; 5689; 5789...
Garbage Discard everything

The following table shows the exceptions to the basic strategy:

Basic Strategy Exceptions

Right Play Wrong Play Pattern(s)
Single Card: a Jack 2 to a Straight: JA
(more)2♣3♣4♦J♥A♦
Single Card: a King 2 to a Royal Flush: TK
(more)2♣3♣4♦10♦K♦
2 to a Straight: QA 2 to a Royal Flush: TQ
(more)2♣3♦10♣Q♣A♦
2 to a Straight: JK 2 to a Royal Flush: TJ
(more)2♣3♦10♣J♣K♦
4 to a Straight: TJKA 2 to a Royal Flush: JA
(more)2♣10♦J♣K♦A♣
4 to a Straight: TQKA 2 to a Royal Flush: QA
(more)2♣10♦Q♣K♦A♣
4 to a Straight: TJKA 2 to a Royal Flush: KA
(more)2♣10♦J♦K♣A♣
4 to a Straight: TQKA 2 to a Royal Flush: KA
(more)2♣10♦Q♦K♣A♣
4 to a Straight: TJQA 2 to a Royal Flush: JA
(more)2♣10♦J♣Q♦A♣
4 to a Straight: TJQA 2 to a Royal Flush: QA
(more)2♣10♦J♦Q♣A♣