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There are 32 ways to hold cards for any dealt five-card hand.

Hand Analysis dialog lists all these 32 hold combinations. The first column of the list contains the ER (Expected Return) or EV (Expected Value) associated with each hold combination. The list is sorted by EV (ER) in descending order.

You should always hold the combination of cards with the highest ER value. It's the only way to achieve the maximum payback possible from a video poker machine .

The screen below shows hold combinations for the hand KQ926.Hand analysis

The hold combination with the highest ER value is KQ___. This notation means that you should discard cards in the _ positions. In our example you should hold KQ and discard 926.

  • The Total column shows the total number of hands that will be made by each individual hold combination.

  • The None column shows the number of losing hands that will be made by each individual hold compbination.

  • The PR J-A columns shows you the number of ways to make a pair of Jacks, Queens, Kings or Aces.

  • The 2 PR column shows the number of ways to make two pair.

  • The 3K column shows the number of ways to make three of a kind.

  • The STRT column shows the number of ways to make a straight.

  • The FLSH column shows the number of ways to make a flush.

  • The FH column shows the number of ways to make a full house.

  • The 4K column shows the number of ways to make four of a kind.

  • The SF column shows the number of ways to make a straight flush.

  • The RF column shows the number of ways to make a royal.

  • The ER value is computed by multiplying the probability of each possible outcome by its value and summing the results.

In our example: ER=0.490102=((10069/16215)*0 + (5022/16215)*1 + (711/16215)*2 + (281/16215)*3 + (112/16215)*4 + (0/16215)*6 + (18/16215)*9 + (2/16215)*25 + (0/16215)*
50 + (0/16215)*250).

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