Jacks or Better Video Poker

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Jacks or Better Video Poker Highlights

Jacks or Better is probably the most standard and most familiar version of video poker. It is also the most basic in terms of the payouts. In Jacks or Better there are no wild cards; there is a standard 52-card deck and the rules for getting paid are quite simple - the winning starts with a hand that achieve a pair of Jacks or better.

The player is dealt a five-card hand. The player at that point has the opportunity to hold on to as many cards as he or she wants, or discard them. There is a very basic pay table. As we gear this toward the maximum of five coins bet (we do this because that is the only way to get the bonus on a Royal Flush), here are the payouts:

  • Royal Flush -- 4000
  • Straight Flush -- 250
  • 4 of a Kind -- 125
  • Full House -- 45
  • Flush -- 30
  • Straight -- 20
  • 3 of a Kind -- 15
  • Two Pair -- 10
  • Pair, Jacks or Better -- 5

There are no bonus payouts that are unique to the Jacks or Better game, although it should be noted that the Royal Flush payout of 4000 coins dwindles to 250 if the minimum of one unit is wagered (so it makes sense to have five coins in play).

The deck gets reshuffled before each game is played. Coin denominations allowed are 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 50 cents, $1, $2 and $5. That means, on five coins, the maximum bet is $25.