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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
Natural Royal Flush 800 458,696,304 0.000023 43,456.27 14.69 0.018409
Four Deuces 200 3,721,737,204 0.000187 5,355.89 7.39 0.037342
Wild Royal Flush 25 38,006,962,464 0.001907 524.46 1.10 0.047668
Five of a Kind 16 61,961,233,656 0.003108 321.70 0.70 0.049735
Straight Flush 10 102,392,435,976 0.005137 194.67 0.42 0.051368
Four of a Kind 4 1,216,681,289,508 0.061038 16.38 0.55 0.244151
Full House 4 520,566,943,104 0.026116 38.29 0.24 0.104462
Flush 3 413,870,908,056 0.020763 48.16 0.08 0.062289
Straight 2 1,142,885,476,800 0.057336 17.44 0.06 0.114671
Three of a Kind 1 5,325,911,611,716 0.267188 3.74 0.00 0.267188
Nothing 0 11,106,773,222,412 0.557199 1.79 0.55 0.000000
Totals 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 2.26 25.78 0.997283

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
Natural Royal Flush 800 459,614,172 0.000023 43,369.49 14.72 0.018446
Four Deuces 200 3,711,615,348 0.000186 5,370.50 7.37 0.037240
Wild Royal Flush 25 37,991,745,936 0.001906 524.67 1.10 0.047649
Five of a Kind 16 61,894,722,552 0.003105 322.05 0.70 0.049682
Straight Flush 10 102,457,717,332 0.005140 194.55 0.42 0.051400
Four of a Kind 4 1,214,598,724,404 0.060933 16.41 0.55 0.243733
Full House 4 520,336,018,944 0.026104 38.31 0.24 0.104416
Flush 3 413,670,547,152 0.020753 48.19 0.08 0.062258
Straight 2 1,151,195,731,104 0.057753 17.32 0.06 0.115505
Three of a Kind 1 5,320,741,743,084 0.266928 3.75 0.00 0.266928
Nothing 0 11,106,172,337,172 0.557169 1.79 0.55 0.000000
Totals 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 2.26 25.79 0.997259

The following tables show the basic strategy:

Basic Strategy — No Wilds Dealt

Type of Play Play Details
Pat Hand Full House; Natural Royal Flush
4 to a Natural Royal Flush TJQA; TJQK; TJKA; TQKA; JQKA
4 of a Kind 3333; 4444; 5555; 6666; 7777; 8888; 9999; TTTT; JJJJ; QQQQ; KKKK; AAAA
Pat Hand Straight; Flush; Straight Flush
3 of a Kind 333; 444; 555; 666; 777; 888; 999; TTT; JJJ; QQQ; KKK; AAA
4 to a Straight Flush
(more)A345; 3456; 3457; 3467; 3567; 4567; 4568; 4578; 4678; 5678; 5679; 5689...
3 to a Natural Royal Flush TJA; TJQ; TJK; TQA; TQK; TKA; JQA; JQK; JKA; QKA
4 to a Flush
(more)3458; 3459; 345T; 345J; 345Q; 345K; 346A; 3468; 3469; 346T; 346J; 346Q...
2 Pair
(more)3344; 3355; 3366; 3377; 3388; 3399; 33TT; 33JJ; 33QQ; 33KK; 33AA; 4455...
3 to a Straight Flush 567; 678; 789; 89T; 9TJ
1 Pair 33; 44; 55; 66; 77; 88; 99; TT; JJ; QQ; KK; AA
4 to a Straight 4567; 5678; 6789; 789T; 89TJ; 9TJQ; TJQK
3 to a Straight Flush
(more)345; 346; 347; 356; 357; 367; 456; 457; 458; 467; 468; 478; 568; 569...
2 to a Natural Royal Flush TJ; TQ; JQ
4 to a Straight
(more)3456; 3457; 4678; 5679; 5689; 5789; 678T; 679T; 689T; 789J; 78TJ; 79TJ...
3 to a Straight Flush A34; A35; A45
4 to a Straight 3467; 3567; 4568; 4578
2 to a Natural Royal Flush TK; JK; QK
Garbage Discard everything

Basic Strategy — One Wild Dealt

Type of Play Play Details
Pat Hand Full House; Straight Flush; Five of a Kind; Wild Royal Flush
4 of a Kind W333; W444; W555; W666; W777; W888; W999; WTTT; WJJJ; WQQQ; WKKK; WAAA
4 to a Wild Royal Flush WTJA; WTJQ; WTJK; WTQA; WTQK; WTKA; WJQA; WJQK; WJKA; WQKA
Pat Hand Flush
4 to a Straight Flush
(more)W345; W456; W457; W467; W567; W568; W578; W678; W679; W689; W789; W78T...
Pat Hand Straight
4 to a Straight Flush
(more)W346; W347; W356; W357; W367; W458; W468; W478; W569; W579; W589; W67T...
3 of a Kind W33; W44; W55; W66; W77; W88; W99; WTT; WJJ; WQQ; WKK; WAA
4 to a Straight Flush WA34; WA35; WA45
3 to a Wild Royal Flush WTJ; WTQ; WTK; WJQ; WJK; WQK
3 to a Straight Flush W67; W78; W89; W9T
3 to a Wild Royal Flush WTA; WJA; WQA
3 to a Straight Flush W8T
3 to a Wild Royal Flush WKA
3 to a Straight Flush W68; W9J
3 to a Straight Flush W45; W56; W57; W79
4 to a Straight W567; W678; W789; W89T; W9TJ; WTJQ
Wild Only

Basic Strategy — Two Wilds Dealt

Type of Play Play Details
Pat Hand Straight Flush; Five of a Kind; Wild Royal Flush
4 of a Kind WW33; WW44; WW55; WW66; WW77; WW88; WW99; WWTT; WWJJ; WWQQ; WWKK; WWAA
4 to a Wild Royal Flush WWTA; WWTJ; WWTQ; WWTK; WWJA; WWJQ; WWJK; WWQA; WWQK; WWKA
4 to a Straight Flush WW45; WW56; WW57; WW67; WW68; WW78; WW79; WW89; WW8T; WW9T; WW9J
Wilds Only

Basic Strategy — Three Wilds Dealt

Type of Play Play Details
Pat Hand Five of a Kind; Wild Royal Flush
Wilds Only

Basic Strategy — Four Wilds Dealt

Type of Play Play Details
Wilds Only

The following table shows the exceptions to the basic strategy:

Basic Strategy Exceptions

Right Play Wrong Play Pattern(s)
Wild Only 3 to a Straight Flush: W45
(more)2♣3♣4♦5♦8♣
2 to a Straight Flush: 9T Garbage: Discard everything
(more)3♣4♣5♦9♥10♥
Wild Only 4 to a Straight: W567
(more)2♣5♣6♦7♥Q♣
Garbage: Discard everything 2 to a Natural Royal Flush: QK
(more)3♣4♦10♣Q♦K♦
Wild Only 4 to a Straight: W678
(more)2♣3♣6♣7♦8♥
2 to a Straight Flush: 78 Garbage: Discard everything
(more)3♣7♦8♦10♥Q♠
2 to a Straight Flush: 67 Garbage: Discard everything
(more)3♣6♦7♦J♣Q♥
2 to a Straight Flush: 89 Garbage: Discard everything
(more)3♣4♣8♦9♦K♣
Garbage: Discard everything 2 to a Natural Royal Flush: JK
(more)3♣4♦10♣J♦K♦
Wild Only 4 to a Straight: W789
(more)2♣3♣7♣8♦9♥
Garbage: Discard everything 2 to a Natural Royal Flush: TK
(more)3♣4♦10♣J♦K♣
Wild Only 4 to a Straight: WTJQ
(more)2♣3♣10♣J♦Q♥
2 to a Natural Royal Flush: TK 4 to a Straight: 678T
(more)6♣7♣8♦10♥K♥
2 to a Natural Royal Flush: TK 4 to a Straight: 679T
(more)6♣7♣9♦10♥K♥
2 to a Natural Royal Flush: TK 4 to a Straight: 689T
(more)6♣8♣9♦10♥K♥
2 to a Natural Royal Flush: JK 4 to a Straight: 789J
(more)7♣8♣9♦J♥K♥
3 to a Straight Flush: W8T 3 to a Wild Royal Flush: WTA 2♣8♣10♣K♦A♣
2 to a Natural Royal Flush: TA Garbage: Discard everything 5♣7♦9♥10♠A♠