Jacks or Better Rules & Strategy

Jacks or Better Video Poker Rules.

Jacks or Better is a game between you and the dealer and is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Five cards are dealt in the first hand. Hold as many cards as you want to build the strongest hand. The remaining cards will be discarded and replaced with new ones from the same playing deck.

Jacks or Better Video Poker is a poker game where paying combinations begin with a pair of Jacks. Minimum and maximum payouts are set by the casino. A standard rate table is listed below:

Card Combinations Coin 1 Coin 2 Coin 3 Coin 4 Coin 5
Royal Flush 250 500 750 1,000 4,000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
Four of a Kind 25 50 75 100 125
Full House 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 6 12 18 24 30
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Three of a Kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two Pairs 2 4 6 8 10
Tens or Better 1 2 3 4 5

Jacks or Better Video Poker Strategy.

If you have been dealt four of a kind, straight flush, or royal flush then hold all. Otherwise, make the most from the cards contained in your hand by using the following priorities:

  • Hold four cards to a royal flush
  • Hold four of a kind
  • Hold three of a kind, straight, flush, full house
  • Hold four card straight flushes
  • Hold four card flushes
  • Hold three card royal flushes
  • Hold four card flushes
  • Hold four card straights
  • Hold inside straights with three or more high cards.
  • Hold low pairs for three of a kind
  • Hold high card pairs

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