J13
Joined: May 21, 2021
• Posts: 5
May 21st, 2021 at 1:26:11 PM permalink
Hi All,

I'm really sorry if this has been asked before!

I've been learning optimal strategy for full pay (9/6) jacks or better video poker. What I'm wondering is this: Suppose I am playing at an 8/6 or 9/5 machine. How much worse off would I be playing the optimal 9/6 strategy at this machine vs playing the optimal 8/6 or 9/5 strategy respectively? I do eventually want to learn these other strategies, but I feel like I should master one of them first.

Thanks!
ThatDonGuy
Joined: Jun 22, 2011
• Posts: 5413
Thanks for this post from:
May 21st, 2021 at 3:26:25 PM permalink
I don't think there are "that" many differences. I'll admit that my Jacks or Better strategy is slightly simplified, but the only real differences I have between 8/5, 8/6, 9/5, and 9/6 are:
(I think I have all of them this time)

Ace, (K/Q/J), 10, and lower card suited
Flush 6: hold the four suited cards
Flush 5: hold only the top three suited cards

Q, J, 10, (9 or 10), 9
Full House 9: hold the pair
Full House 8: break up the pair

QJ Suited and 3/SF (2 makes, 1 high, or 3 makes, 0 high)
Flush 5: hold suited QJ
Flush 6: hold 3/SF

K, (Q/J), 10, 9
Full House 9: hold the two high cards
Full House 8: hold all four, except in 8/6, hold only J, 10 if they are suited

KQJ and 3/Flush (2 high):
Flush 6: hold 3/Flush
Flush 5: hold KQJ

QJ (or KQJ) and 3/SF (1 make, 1 high, or 2 makes, no high)
Flush 6: hold 3/SF
Flush 5: hold the high cards

J, 10 Suited and King
Flush 6: hold J, 10
Flush 5: hold K, J

Q, 10 Suited and Jack
Flush 6: hold Q, 10
Flush 5: hold Q, J
Last edited by: ThatDonGuy on May 21, 2021
J13
Joined: May 21, 2021