Pair 9 Poker™
Hand Rankings
♠ Each
player is ranked from high to low, with a pair being highest.
Two Aces is the highest ranking pair.
♠ In
the absence of a pair, hands should be ranked according to their
combined value (see house way).
♠ There
are 23 different twohand rankings that can be made from four
cards. The chart list them from highest to lowest.
♠ Aces
are one point
♠ Kings,
Queens, Jacks, and Tens are zero point unless they pair up
♠ Two
thru 9’s are face value
♠ For
any point over ten, drop the 10 and remaining digit is the point
(i.e. 79 is 16, but makes a 6 point.
Hand 
Example 
Ranking 
Aces 
AA 
1 
Kings 
KK 
2 
Queens 
QQ 
3 
Jacks 
JJ 
4 
Tens 
TT 
5 
Nines 
99 
6 
Eights 
88 
7 
Sevens 
77 
8 
Sixes 
66 
9 
Fives 
55 
10 
Fours 
44 
11 
Threes 
33 
12 
Twos 
22 
13 

NonPair 

9 
A8 
14 
8 
62 
15 
7 
34 
16 
6 
97 
17 
5 
69 
18 
4 
K4 
19 
3 
83 
20 
2 
Q2 
21 
1 
KJ 
22 
The
House Way
Nonpair
If possible, arrange the “predraw” hand to have a combined
backfront such as 99, 98, 97, 96, 88, 87, 86, 77, or
76 and “Stand Pat.” In doing so, make the back hand as high as
possible when an alternative exists. For example, 96 is much
better than 87.
If the arrangement can not be made, then make the back hand the
highest point valuable possible and discard the lower of the two
remaining cards.
Arrange the new four card hand as follows:
♠ Pair
up after the draw (see one pair strategy)
♠ NonPair
If the combined back front total of 10 and more, then make the
back the front hand as strong as possible. For example: AK63,
play 63 and AK.
If the combined backfront hand total is less than 10 (9 down),
then make the front hand as storng as possible. For example:
KQ63 should play as K6 and Q3.
As a general rule, nonpair hands are set with the best kicker
in the back hand. For example: KQ95 should play as K9 in the
back and Q5 in the front.
One pair
Any pair with a sixpoint front hand is a “Stand Pat” hand
If the front hand is below 6point, the pair should be retained
and the lowest of the two remaining cards should be discarded.
If there is no pair after the draw, play the pair as it is the
back hand and the poin in the front hand.
PairPair
Any pairpair is an automatic “Stand Pat’
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