The best part is that in video poker there is no need to reinvent something additionally, because here, at one time, a huge number of optimal strategies were created. Guided by the already existing developments, the player is able not only to reduce the mathematical advantage of the casino inherent in the game, but sometimes even get a serious advantage.
Should I choose a straight or a pair?
So, a kind of video poker called Jacks or Better. Let’s say your cards are a pair of tens, jack, queen and king (offsuit), and you do not have a flush draw (these are four cards on a flush).
Having a pair or an open-ended straight draw, it makes sense to keep a pair, but you can try to collect a straight. Even if the attempts are unsuccessful, there is always a chance of getting a paid pair, which is also good.
Making a royal flush or settling for a flush?
Another common situation from the Jacks and Better game. Your cards are jack, six, king and ace (spades), while the 5th card is a six of a different suit. In this case, you need to “break” a pair of sixes, however, you need to answer the question – should you fight for a royal flush or a flush, which one should you give preference to?
From a mathematical point of view, a royal flush will be a more profitable option, since you have 3 cards in your hand and it makes sense to abandon the small pair in favor of the maximum combination.
Deuces Wild situation
The next situation that we will consider is relevant for Deuces Wild poker. Suppose the virtual dealer deals the following cards – ace, jack, seven, five (spades), in addition you received a five of clubs. The most common misconception of most players is that it makes sense to give up a pair and try to make a flush, which is a rather serious mistake.
It is quite simple to trace the logic of actions – a pair consists of small cards. But the player often overlooks the fact that pairs in Deuces Wild are not paid as such, therefore the difference between two aces and 2 fives is minimal, reinforcement is needed in any case.
The correct solution is to keep a pair of fives and replace the remaining three cards. The chances of getting a combination that pays off are very high, especially considering that 2s play the role of jokers in this game.