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The Main Strategy When Playing Jacks Or Better (99.9%)

In the next table there is a description of the main strategy when playing Jacks or better (99.9%) with the following payoff table 1-2-3-4-6-9-25-50-940. The cards, which one should discard, are marked grey. The combinations are situated in the order of their priority: one should compare a current combination from the very beginning up to the first coincidence.

Straight Flush or Royal Flush
Keep all the cards
4 ♥ 5 ♥ 6 ♥ 7 ♥ 8 ♥
Four of Kind
Keep four cards of the same rank, the fifth one you can change or not, it will not improve the situation.
5 ♣ 5 ♦ 5 ♥ 5 ♠ Q ♦
Full House
Keep all the cards
A ♣ A ♦ 2 ♥ 2 ♠ 2 ♦
4 to Royal Flush
Gather the Royal Flush, then split even a suit
A ♣ K ♣ Q ♣ 3 ♣ T ♣
Flush
Keep all the cards
K ♥ Q ♥ J ♥ 3 ♥ 5 ♥
Straight
Keep all the cards
9 ♥ 8 ♥ 7 ♥ 6 ♥ 5 ♠
Three of Kind
Keep a three
K ♦ K ♥ K ♣ Q ♣ J ♣
Two Pairs
Keep two pairs
K ♦ K ♣ Q ♥ Q ♣ J ♣
4 to Straight Flush
Gather the Straight Flush, discard even the finished pair
8 ♣ 9 ♣ T ♣ J ♣ J ♦
KQJ or QJT of the same suit
Gather the Royal Flush, split even the finished pair
K ♦ Q ♦ J ♦ J ♣ 9 ♥
Jacks or better
Keep only the finished pair
A ♦ Q ♦ J ♦ J ♣ 5 ♦
Three to the Royal Flush
Gather the Royal Flush, discard even a small pair
A ♦ Q ♦ J ♦ 6 ♣ 6 ♦
Four to the Flush
Gather the suit, discard even a small pair
K ♣ Q ♣ 3 ♣ 8 ♣ 8 ♦
KQJT
Gather the Straight, split even a couple of tens
K ♥ Q ♠ J ♦ T ♣ T ♦
Small pair
Keep the small pair
J ♦ T ♦ 9 ♦ 8 ♣ 9 ♥
Four in succession to the open Straight
Gather the Straight
J ♦ T ♠ 9 ♦ 8 ♣ 5 ♥
Three in succession to the Straight Flush
Gather the Straight Flush
3 ♠ 4 ♠ 5 ♠ A ♥ K ♥
QJ of the same suit, there is no such a suit
Gather the Straight Flush
A ♠ K ♠ Q ♥ J ♥ 9 ♣
AKJQ
Gather the Straight
A ♠ K ♠ Q ♥ J ♥ 5 ♥
Two face cards of the same suit
Gather the Royal Flush
A ♥ K ♠ J ♥ T ♣ 5 ♥
Four to the Straight, three face cards among them
Gather the Straight
A ♥ K ♠ J ♣ T ♣ 5 ♥
Three to the Straight Flush, one gap
Gather the Straight Flush
5 ♠ 6 ♠ 8 ♠ 9 ♥ 3 ♥
JT of the same suit
Gather Royal Flush
K ♠ J ♣ T ♣ 5 ♣ 6 ♥
QT of the same suit, there is no more such a suit
Gather Royal Flush
K ♠ Q ♣ T ♣ 5 ♥ 6 ♥
KQJ
Keep KQJ
K ♠ Q ♦ J ♣ 8 ♥ 7 ♥
2 or 3 face cards
Keep two lower face cards
A ♠ K ♦ J ♣ 8 ♥ 7 ♥
Two to the Royal Flush
Gather the Royal Flush
K ♦ T ♦ 8 ♦ 7 ♥ 6 ♥
Face card
Keep only a face card
K ♥ 9 ♠ 8 ♠ 6 ♥ 5 ♠
Three to the closed Straight Flush
Gather the Straight Flush
T ♥ 9 ♠ 8 ♠ 6 ♥ 5 ♠
Garbage
Discard everything, never gather the Flush to a three and the closed Straight to a four.
T ♥ 9 ♠ 8 ♠ 6 ♥ 5 ♥

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