Last Updated: February 22, 2019

# 9/6/5 Double Bonus Poker 10-Play Ultimate X Strategy

## Introduction

This page shows my strategy for the 10-hand version of 9/6/5 Ultimate X Double Bonus Poker. With perfect play, which requires knowing more than one correct play for many hands based on the average multiplier, the expected return of this game is 99.04%. If you use the following single strategy at all times, the expected return is 99.01%. So you are giving up 0.03% in long-term return in exchange for a single, simple strategy.

Please note this strategy is not appropriate for the single-line Ultimate X game.

Below the strategy are some exceptions based on the average multiplier, which will boost the return slightly above 99.01%.

## Basic Strategy

• Full house or better
• 4 to a royal flush
• Flush
• Straight
• 3 of a kind
• 4 to a straight flush
• 2 pair
• 1 pair, Aces
• 4 to a flush with 3 high cards
• 1 pair, JJ/QQ/KK
• 4 to a flush with 0, 1, or 2 high cards
• 3 to a royal flush
• 4 to a straight — 2345; 3456; 4567; 5678; 6789; 789T; 89TJ; 9TJQ; TJQK
• 1 pair, 22/33/44/77/88
• 3 to a straight flush — 9TJ; 9JQ
• 1 pair, 55/66/99/TT
• 4 to a straight — 9JQK; TJQA/TJKA/TQKA; JQKA
• 3 to a straight flush — 345; 456; 567; 678; 789; 89T; 89J/8TJ; 8JQ; 9TQ; 9JK/9QK
• 4 to a straight — 89JQ/8TJQ; 9TJK/9TQK
• 3 to a flush — 2JA to 9KA
• 2 to a royal flush — JQ; JK; JA
• 3 to a straight flush 78T/79T; 78J/79J/7TJ; 89Q/8TQ; 9TK
• 2 to a royal flush — QK; QA/KA
• 3 to a straight flush — Ace-low; 234/235/245; 346/356; 457/467; 568/578; 679/689
• 4 to a straight — Ace-low; 2346/2356/2456; 3457/3467/3567; 4568/4578/4678; 5679/5689/5789; 678T/679T/689T; 789J/78TJ/79TJ; 89TQ
• 3 to a straight — TJQ; JQK
• 2 to a straight — JQ
• 2 to a royal flush — TJ
• 3 to a flush — 29A to 9TA
• 2 to a straight — JK/QK
• 3 to a flush — 23J to 6TJ; 23Q to 7TQ; 23K to 8TK; 28A to 78A
• 2 to a royal flush — TQ
• 3 to a straight flush — 236/246/256; 347/357/367; 458/468/478; 569/579/589; 67T/68T/69T
• 3 to a flush — 26A to 67A
• 2 to a straight — JA/QA/KA
• an Ace
• 2 to a royal flush — TK
• a Jack, Queen, or King
• 3 to a flush — 237 to 59T

## Exceptions

The exceptions listed below will bring the above strategy a little closer to perfect strategy. This list of exceptions is not a complete list.

If the hand has this and this and the average
multiplier is
less than or
equal to this
then hold this otherwise hold this
Full house three Aces 1.4 full house the three aces
Two pairs pair of Aces 3.4 both pairs the pair of aces
suited 2JQK to 8JQK pair of 2s through 8s 1.4 4 to a flush JQK
suited 2TJK to 8TQK pair of 2s through 8s 1.9 4 to a flush TJK/TQK
suited 2TJK to 8TQK pair of 10s 2.0 4 to a flush TJK/TQK
suited 2JQA to 9QKA pair of 2s through 9s 6.3 4 to a flush JQA/JKA/QKA
suited TJQ pair of Js or Qs
with a 2 thru 7
2.0 pair of Js or Qs TJQ
pair of Js or Qs
with an 8
3.1 pair of Js or Qs TJQ
pair of Js or Qs
with an Ace
3.3 pair of Js or Qs TJQ
pair of Js or Qs
with a 9
6.0 pair of Js or Qs TJQ
pair of Kings 6.1 pair of Kings TJQ
pair of Js or Qs
with a King
7.0 pair of Js or Qs TJQ
suited JQK pair of Js/Qs/Ks
with a 2 thru 8
2.2 pair of Js/Qs/Ks JQK
pair of Js/Qs/Ks
with a 9
3.7 pair of Js/Qs/Ks JQK
pair of Js/Qs/Ks
with an Ace
4.1 pair of Js/Qs/Ks JQK
pair of Js/Qs/Ks
with a 10
9.1 pair of Js/Qs/Ks JQK

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