Pickem Poker Strategy
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Pickem Poker is a bit different from other video poker games. Instead of receiving five cards and choosing which to hold and which to draw, you actually receive two face up cards, and two stacks of three cards. Then, you have to choose which stack of three cards you'd like to keep. The trick is that you can only see the top card on each stack, so you're making your decisions based on the two original cards, and the two up cards on each stack. Learn more about how to play Pick'em Poker.
Remember that this strategy is based on a full pay Pickem Poker game. The pay table for a full pay game is as listed below:
|Four of a Kind||120|
|Three of a Kind||5|
|Pair (Nines or Better)||2|
Please note that if you're playing a game with a different Pickem Poker pay table, this strategy will be very good but not perfect.
Expert Pickem Poker Strategy
This page will provide you with the best mathematical strategy for Pickem Poker. We used a program to run the numbers and determine the best possible move in every situation. Here is how you should use the chart below:
- Find the highest match for your hand on the chart.
- Follow the advice listed.
Example: Imagine your two up cards are Qc-Jc, and your two stack cards are Kc-Js. You match a couple spots on the chart here, namely K-Q-J suited and a high pair of Jacks. However, notice that K-Q-J suited is higher on the chart than a high pair, so you should hold the Kc stack and go for the draw.
Pickem Poker Full Strategy Chart
Below are the ranks for every possible hand you can hold in Pickem Poker. Remember to find the highest match for your hand, and to hold the cards specified. By using this strategy at a full pay Pickem Poker game you can achieve a payout percentage of 99.95%. The middle column shows the expected return for the specific hand. In the example column, h = Hearts, s = Spades, c = Clubs, d = Diamonds, T = Ten, s = Suited.
|Three of a Kind||10.5869||Kc-Kh-Ks-3d|
|K-Q-Js, K-Q-Ts, K-J-Ts||2.8270||Kc-Qc-Jc-6s|
|High Pair, Nines-Aces||2.6312||Ac-As-7d-3h|
|A-K-Qs, A-K-Ts, A-Q-Ts, A-J-Ts||2.4362||Ac-Kc-Qc-6h|
|Q-J-9 suited, Q-T-9 suited||1.9358||Qc-Jc-9c-2h|
|3 to a St. Flush, Open, no High Cards, 345s-678s||1.8053||4c-5c-6c-8s|
|J-T-8s, J-9-8s, T-9-7s||1.7337||Jc-Tc-8c-3s|
|K-Q-9s, K-J-9s, K-T-9s||1.5902||Kc-Qc-9c-2s|
|T-8-7s, 9-8-6s, 9-7-6s||1.5369||Tc-8c-7c-3s|
|3 to a St. Flush, 2 Gaps, 2 High Cards||1.3934||Jc-9c-7c-2h|
|Three High Cards to a Flush||1.3590||Ac-Tc-9c-4s|
|3 to a St. Flush, 1 Gap, 0 High Cards||1.3401||6c-5c-3c-2h|
|9-T-J or T-J-Q unsuited||1.2287||9c-Ts-Jd-4h|
|3 to a St. Flush, 2 Gaps, 1 High Card||1.1966||9c-7c-5c-3h|
|Three to a Flush, Two High Cards||1.1622||Tc-9c-2c-5s|
|Low Pair (22-88)||1.1418||2c-2s-6h-8d|
|3 to a St. Flush, 2 Gaps, 0 High Cards||1.0947||8c-6c-4c-2h|
|Three to a Straight, 1 Gap, 3 High Cards||1.0390||Qc-Js-9d-4h|
|Three to a Flush, 1 Hi Card||0.9654||9c-5c-3c-2h|
|Three to a Straight, 2 Gaps, 3 High Cards||0.9220||Ac-Qd-Ts-4h|
|Three to a Straight, 1 Gap, 2 High Cards||0.8759||Jc-9s-8d-4h|
|Three to a Flush, 0 High Cards||0.7686||8c-6c-2c-3s|
|Three High Cards||0.7660||Ad-Jc-9s-2h|
|Three to a Straight, 2 Gaps, 2 High Cards||0.7199||Qc-Ts-8h-4s|
|T-8-7, 9-8-6, 9-7-6 unsuited||0.6791||Tc-8s-7h-2c|
|Open 3 to a Straight, 0 High Cards, 345-678||0.5993||5c-6s-7d-2h|
|Two High Cards||0.5691||Qc-9s-5c-2h|
|3 to a Straight, 2 Gaps, 1 High Card||0.5230||9c-7s-5h-2h|
|3 to a Straight, 1 Gap, 0 High Cards||0.4823||8c-6s-5d-2h|
|One High Card||0.3723||Jc-8s-6d-2h|
|Three to a Straight, 2 Gaps, 0 High Cards||0.3262||8c-6d-4s-2h|
|No High Cards||0.1755||8c-6s-3d-2c|