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Jacks or Better Video Poker

Jacks or Better Video PokerJacks or Better is aptly named, with the minimum winning hand being a pair of Jacks. It draws a crowd because it is fairly easy to learn and play in fact this is the best online video poker game for both beginners and experienced players.

The most important part of playing Jacks or Better is choosing a good paying game. You should check the payouts for full house and flush based on a bet of a single coin. (See pay table below) The best pay outs come from the 9/6 machines (9:1 full house, 6:1 flush) though they are becoming harder to find.

Generally speaking you should always bet the max amount of coins. If you can't afford to play dollars, play quarters. In other words, pay to win the big prize, the top prize on the payout board. If you bet minimums, you run the risk of losing out on a full-pay jackpot just to save a few nickels.

Jacks or Better Pay Tables

The pay table you see listed is referred to as a 9/6 machine. Don't be surprised to find Jacks or Better games which return as little as 6/5 or as much as 10/7. Remember, though, that the amount of time you play can affect your payout in other words, what good is feeding your money into a 9/6 machine if you don't have the patience to wait for a full house? In reality, you should try and play them all. Keep playing the ones which provide value for your investment, and as is standard practice, avoid the games that don't provide you a good value.

Hand 1 Coin Wager 5 Coin Wager
Royal flush 250 4000
Straight flush 50 250
Four of a kind 25 125
Full house 9 45
Flush 6 30
Straight 4 20
Three of a kind 3 15
Two pair 2 10
Pair of jacks or better 1 5

Jacks or Better Video Poker Tips

Here are some tips for Jacks or Better video poker:

  • Avoid the airport/Laundromat machines -- they pay a 7/5 payout, and those odds are just too high.
  • It may be tempting to keep a high card in your hand (known as a "kicker") with your pair, but avoid this temptation. Go ahead and draw three.
  • Always bet the maximum 5 coins. In the long run, one 5 coin Royal Flush Jackpot is what makes you a winner in the long run in video poker.
  • Finally, don't break up a winning hand just because you want to hit a big one. In other words, don't break up a full house because you're itching for a four of a kind. Be patient.

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