This is an interesting scenario that is often played incorrectly, and it’s when we are holding 4 Flush cards, 3 of which make up a Royal Flush. Do we discard one card and go for the Flush, or do we discard two cards and go for the Royal Flush?

Let’s take a look. We’ll test the hand Ad Kd Td 8d 2c:



As you can see, the Expected Value of both plays are very close, but holding the Royal Flush cards is a slightly better play.

If you are playing a game that has a lesser payout than 4,000 credits on the Royal Flush, it is most likely that holding the 4 flush cards would be the optimal play.

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