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Video Poker Dealt a straight flush

Discussion in 'Video Poker' started by Dejavu, Dec 31, 2012.

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  1. Dejavu

    Dejavu Tourist

    Dec 9, 2011
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Just looking for another point of view with this one,
    while playing VP at Bally's 2 weeks ago i was dealt a straight flush 9-K of hearts, i held them all and took the $250, but the woman sitting next to me said i was nuts for not trying for the royal.

    Was i right to take the money or should i have went for the royal?, i think you would need to be on drugs to throw away the guaranteed $250 on the off chance of getting the $4000.

    I have been to Vegas 4 times this year and im still waiting for my first royal, i play $1 DDB
  2. raisingoo

    raisingoo Low-Roller

    Jul 19, 2010
    Rochester, NY
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    You did the right thing.

    According to The Wizard of Odds site (great website, by the way) which has a strategy for $1 9/6 DDB VP here:


    (scroll down to "Traditional Strategy Table") you will always want to hold a straight flush (and, of course, the royal straight flush).

    Yes, you could have dropped the 9 and had hoped to improve to a royal... but think about it this way... 52 cards in a deck... you have knowledge of 5... you are dropping one of those 5... there are 47 cards remaining in the deck... therefore, you would have only had a 1 in 47 chance of improving your hand to the royal. Not great odds. 1 in 47 = about 2.12%.

    So, again, you did the right thing.

    Here is the complete strategy table for the DDB game, in order:

    1.Straight flush, royal flush
    2.Four of a kind (hold kicker if appropriate)
    3.4 to a royal flush
    4.Three aces
    5.Straight, flush, full house
    6.Three of a kind (except aces)
    7.4 to a straight flush
    8.High pair (Aces)
    9.Two pair
    10.3 to a royal flush - KQJ
    11.High pair (J,Q,K)
    12.3 to a royal flush - AKQ, AKJ, AQJ, KQT, KJT, QJT
    13.4 to a flush
    14.3 to a royal flush - AKT, AQT, AJT
    15.4 to an outside straight with 1 or more high cards
    16.Low pair
    17.AKQJ unsuited
    18.4 to an outside straight with 0 high cards
    19.3 to a straight flush (type 1)
    20.2 suited high cards
    21.4 to an inside straight with 3 high cards
    22.3 to a straight flush (type 2)
    23.KQJ unsuited
    24.4 to an inside straight with 2 high cards
    25.QJ unsuited
    27.JT suited
    28.KQ, KJ unsuited
    29.KT, QT suited
    30.Jack, Queen or King
    31.3 to a straight flush (type 3)
    32.4 to an inside straight with 0 high cards
    33.Discard everything
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2012
  3. Huddler

    Huddler VIP Whale

    Sep 26, 2008
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Earlier this year I was playing $1 9/6 DDB vp at The Plaza. I get dealt A K Q 10 of hearts and J of diamonds. So, I had the made straight for $20. I threw away the J in hopes of getting my first royal. And as fate would have it, I got the J of hearts for $4000! If I had a made straight flush, I would NOT throw it away, but its a definitely something to consider.
  4. Vegas Twosome

    Vegas Twosome Tourist

    Jul 29, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Should have, could have, would have. Enjoy the win. I would have played it the same way. Congrats.
  5. Kickin

    Kickin Flea

    Aug 10, 2012
    You were right, by a huge margin versus trying for the royal. Almost 3x the EV (50.0 vs 18.6)

    You were also right, by an even huger margin versus keeping the straight. Over 4.5x the EV (18.4 vs 4.0)

    Well played guys and congrats....
  6. Auggie

    Auggie Dovahkiin

    Jan 8, 2009
    Burnaby, BC
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    You won $250.
    Royal Flush pays $4000, which is 16x the $250.
    The odds of making the royal flush would be 1 in 47.

    Taking a 1 in 47 chance for a 16 to 1 payout is just bad math... thats a 66% house edge.

    Or to put that in perspective: if we were betting on the flip of a coin that'd be like you putting up $100 to bet on heads and I only have to put up $35 to bet on tails.
  7. Terry Benedict

    Terry Benedict VIP Whale

    Jun 27, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    The woman said you were nuts?

    Fine. If it happens again, tell the Monday morning quarterback to give you $250, you'll dump the nine, and she gets to keep the 1-47 win. See how big her nuts are then.

    Hindsight players are rude, you are a winner, and your only regret should be that you questioned yourself after making the right decision.

    Congrats on your win.
  8. parlayboy

    parlayboy Tourist

    Oct 26, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    backseat drivers are always right! Bet she'd have clammed up FAST had you offered to "sell her" the hand for $250 so she could do her "hunch". I've found most who kibbitz are WRONG anyway.

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