Pick'em Poker is a video poker variation, in which you choose between two cards. With a house edge of 0.05%, full pay Pick'em Poker is often the lowest house edge game in RealTime Gaming and Playtech casinos. Unfortunately Pick'em Poker is only available with these two softwares.
Rules and Play
The player is dealt 4 cards from a single deck. The player must keep the first 2 cards, and must choose to hold either the 3rd card or the 4th card. After making the selection between the 3rd and 4th card, the player has a 3-card hand. The remaining two cards are dealt to form a 5 card hand, then the hand is scored according to the listed paytable.
You can use the pick'em poker strategy calculator to check optimal strategy for a particular hand or the written strategy below. The written strategy is not optimal, but it is close enough to maintain a low house edge. Select the lowest numbered choice that you can form with your initial hand. "High card" indicates 9 to Ace. Straights and straight flushes are ranked according to "High Cards - Gaps". High Cards is the number of cards ranked 9 to A. Gaps is the number of breaks in the straight. For example, the hand 9TJ has a "High Cards - Gaps" ranking of 3 since there are 3 high cards and no gaps. While the hand 468 has a ranking of -2 since there are no high cards and two gaps. If you have choice between two ways to form 3 to a straight or straight flush, choose the one with the higher value of "High Cards - Gaps".
I have only seen the three paytables below at RTG casinos. Note that you must play with 5 coins to achieve this payout. The payouts for Royal Flush, Straight Flush, and 4 of a Kind all are reduced for less than 5 coins.
|Hand||Full Pay RTG, PT||Reduced RTG #1||Reduced RTG #2|
|4 of a Kind||120||120||120|
|3 of a Kind||5||5||5|
|9s or Better||2||2||2|
Variance and Bet Size
The standard deviation per hand of full pay Pick'em Poker is 3.87, lower than other single-hand video poker variations, but higher than most table games and multi-hand video poker. The standard deviation per hand of other video poker variations is listed below for comparison.
|Hands||Jacks or Better||Joker Poker (MG)||Deuces Wild||Tens or Better||All American||Double Bonus||Bonus Poker||Aces & Faces||Double Joker||Deuces & Joker||Double Double||All Aces||Pick'em Poker|
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