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Post Posted: October 23rd, 2012, 1:58 pm 
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I've been playing the Bob Dancer video poker game and I've had a situation come up where I'm questioning why the trainer says to hold certain cards.

If you have an A and a face card, of different suits, you hold them both. (Nothing better in the deal)

If you have an A and two face cards, of different suits, you hold the two face cards and not the A.

Why not hold the A, also? Wouldn't the likelihood of drawing another A or Face card be the same?

Just wondering. Thanks for any responses.

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Post Posted: October 23rd, 2012, 2:02 pm 
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The logic is that holding the Ace does nothing for you with the two other face cards if they are off suit. Personally I would hold it but I have seen where it has also paid off if I didn't hold it. :shrug:

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Post Posted: October 23rd, 2012, 3:22 pm 
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The ultimate answer is along the lines of "based on all possible outcomes, it just is." Not very satisfying, but it can be fruitless attempting to apply logic to something involving huge numbers of combinations.

The best feel-good answer I can come up with is: with three face cards, the chance of ONE other card giving you a high pair is greater, BUT keeping the Ace means you get one less chance for a match.

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Post Posted: October 23rd, 2012, 7:28 pm 
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Also by keeping the ace you reduce the possibilities of making the straight. The difference is minuscule; 2.5 percent without the A on your return versus 2.3 with.

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Post Posted: October 24th, 2012, 9:19 am 
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Thanks for your answers. I don't feel so bad about questioning it, since there doesn't seem to be a definitive answer, but I will abide with the trainers advice of ditching the A.

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