justing2021
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September 26th, 2021 at 2:47:39 AM permalink
The following strategy is "simple strategy" for jacks or better video poker

----2 unsuited high cards (if more than 2 then pick the lowest 2)
Question 1: Then which two cards you should keep? if you get any 4 or 3 cards of J, Q, K, A?

---- Suited 10/J, 10/Q, or 10/K
Question 2: How about 10/ACE?
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September 26th, 2021 at 3:47:52 AM permalink
Your strategy questions and a lot more are answered here: https://wizardofodds.com/games/video-poker/basics/#playing-strategy
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September 26th, 2021 at 6:23:45 AM permalink
I might be imagining things but I could have sworn the simple 96 JOB had a footnote at one point saying “hands not listed should never be played, most notably A/10 suited”.

Unrelated but I do hesitate when faced with something like 2/5/6/Q/J. If the low cards are suited the simple strat says to go for the SF. I know that’s wrong but there is a trade off between strength and simplicity. The advanced strat has to have several categories of SF draws. I wind up taking a middle road and will take the two high cards over the weakest SF draw with 2 gaps.
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September 26th, 2021 at 9:57:05 AM permalink
Quote: justing2021

The following strategy is "simple strategy" for jacks or better video poker

----2 unsuited high cards (if more than 2 then pick the lowest 2)
Question 1: Then which two cards you should keep? if you get any 4 or 3 cards of J, Q, K, A?

---- Suited 10/J, 10/Q, or 10/K
Question 2: How about 10/ACE?

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    1. Keep the lowest two. If you get A, K, Q, then keep K, Q and discard the Ace.

    2. With Ace/10 suited, keep the Ace, but discard the 10.

    Personally, in (1), if I am dealt AKQJ, I would keep all four (with just AKQ, discard the Ace), and if dealt KQJ, I would keep all three. (With AQJ, I would discard the Ace.)
    Also, in (2), if I am dealt King/10 suited, I would discard the 10 and keep the King. (Queen/10 and Jack/10, I would keep both.)
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    October 13th, 2021 at 3:45:35 PM permalink
    Quote: ThatDonGuy

    Quote: justing2021

    The following strategy is "simple strategy" for jacks or better video poker

    ----2 unsuited high cards (if more than 2 then pick the lowest 2)
    Question 1: Then which two cards you should keep? if you get any 4 or 3 cards of J, Q, K, A?

    ---- Suited 10/J, 10/Q, or 10/K
    Question 2: How about 10/ACE?

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    1. Keep the lowest two. If you get A, K, Q, then keep K, Q and discard the Ace.

    2. With Ace/10 suited, keep the Ace, but discard the 10.

    Personally, in (1), if I am dealt AKQJ, I would keep all four (with just AKQ, discard the Ace), and if dealt KQJ, I would keep all three. (With AQJ, I would discard the Ace.)
    Also, in (2), if I am dealt King/10 suited, I would discard the 10 and keep the King. (Queen/10 and Jack/10, I would keep both.)
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    Good answer. I am adding a bit more

    1. You never hold three unsuited high cards containing an Ace. Basically it's true in most JoB varieties.
    2. in JoB, for the hand AKQJ with suited QJ, hold QJ unless the 5th card is a 9 or same suit as QJ. I know this rule is beyond simple strategy, but it will trigger a major mistake if you don't hold this way.
    3. Holding suited Ace Ten is a major mistake because Ten is a low card and there is no straight flush you can get. But it is a correct strategy in Joker or Bonus deuces for only certain pay schedules.
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    October 13th, 2021 at 5:16:45 PM permalink
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    Also, in (2), if I am dealt King/10 suited, I would discard the 10 and keep the King.

    Why?
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    October 13th, 2021 at 5:33:36 PM permalink
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    Also, in (2), if I am dealt King/10 suited, I would discard the 10 and keep the King.

    Why?
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    "Why" do any of these plays? According to my calculation, holding just the King has a better expected value.
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    October 13th, 2021 at 5:58:47 PM permalink
    Quote: ThatDonGuy

    Quote: justing2021

    The following strategy is "simple strategy" for jacks or better video poker

    ----2 unsuited high cards (if more than 2 then pick the lowest 2)
    Question 1: Then which two cards you should keep? if you get any 4 or 3 cards of J, Q, K, A?

    ---- Suited 10/J, 10/Q, or 10/K
    Question 2: How about 10/ACE?

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    [**snip**]
    Also, in (2), if I am dealt King/10 suited, I would discard the 10 and keep the King. (Queen/10 and Jack/10, I would keep both.)
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    Our WOO site WOO page on JOB strategy says

    Suited TK (0.4682) (See note F)
    K only (0.4649)

    Note F. Suited 10, king vs. king only: Normally the suited ten and king is better than the king alone, however, if you must discard a 9 and a flush penalty card, then hold the king only.
    *********
    So, that seems to disagree with your calculation
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    ThatDonGuy
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    October 13th, 2021 at 6:06:36 PM permalink
    Quote: gordonm888

    Quote: ThatDonGuy

    Quote: justing2021

    The following strategy is "simple strategy" for jacks or better video poker

    ----2 unsuited high cards (if more than 2 then pick the lowest 2)
    Question 1: Then which two cards you should keep? if you get any 4 or 3 cards of J, Q, K, A?

    ---- Suited 10/J, 10/Q, or 10/K
    Question 2: How about 10/ACE?

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    [**snip**]
    Also, in (2), if I am dealt King/10 suited, I would discard the 10 and keep the King. (Queen/10 and Jack/10, I would keep both.)
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    Our WOO site WOO page on JOB strategy says

    Suited TK (0.4682) (See note F)
    K only (0.4649)

    Note F. Suited 10, king vs. king only: Normally the suited ten and king is better than the king alone, however, if you must discard a 9 and a flush penalty card, then hold the king only.
    *********
    So, that seems to disagree with your calculation
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    I'll have to check my analyzer again. I get 0.4332 for King and 0.4292 for King/10 suited, but I think the value for King includes the possibility of drawing the suited 10.
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    October 13th, 2021 at 6:22:42 PM permalink
    I use a modified version of TDG's always discard 10 in K/10 suited: When playing 9/5 or worse Job or BP always discard 10 unless no flush penalty cards. Seems to get a bit closer to ideal without much extra effort.

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