his is the most popular and most recognized
variation of video pokers. As in most other video poker games, the player in Jacks
or Better aims to get the best hand possible.
The payoffs are marked right on the face of the Video Poker machine. Betting is pretty
straightforward. On any given machine you can typically choose
$0.25, $0.50, $1, or $5 games. And the bets are 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, or 5x (or maximum
whichever game you're playing. So if you're playing a $1 game, you can place
bets of $1, $2, $3, $4, or $5.
If you bet 5 coins, all winning hands are paid out multiplied by a factor of
5, except for the royal flush. This is a bonus amount designed as an incentive
to play five coins. And those players who play less than maximum coins are
setting up the best payoffs for those who do.
The first thing
to note is that the Jacks or Better game face shows you the payoff for each
betting level. Invariably playing maximum bet pays off better, overall, than any of
the lower multiples. Smart players pick the betting level they are comfortable
with and choose their game accordingly.
So, if you are comfortable with a $5 bet, then pick a $1 machine
and play at maximum bet for $5. In either case, you are getting
the best payoff odds you can for that game.
It is very important to know that the payoff ratios vary from game to
game. Jacks or Better may pay 25:1 for Four Of A Kind. These ratios do not
necessarily reflect the true odds, so knowing your game helps you play
In a grouping of video poker
machines, known as banks or carousels, all of which may look exactly the same,
casinos will often 'mix-in' several video poker machines with inferior pay programs
(short/partial pay). Most often in such a bank of regular non-progressive,
non-bonus VP machines, only 1 or 2 may be the Jacks or better 9/6 (nine coins
for a full house, and 6 coins for a flush), while the rest are 8/5, 7/5, or even
This means that one player, on the 9/6 poker machine, will be winning more for the
same hands than the other players. A 9/6 VP will generally hit the royal flush
each 40,000 hands played, or every 80-100 hours of play, while the 8/5 each
45,000 hands, on average; the 7/5's each 50,000 hands; and the 6/5's only once
about each 70,000 hands played.
JACKS OR BETTER STRATEGY
eep any hand that already pays. Possible exceptions, in decreasing value,
- Hold four card Royal Flushes to make Straights or Flushes.
- Four card straight flushes, inside or outside.
- High card Pairs rank here.
- Three card Royal Flushes.
- Four card Flushes.
- Low Pairs rank here, trying to build Three Of A Kind.
- Four card Flushes.
- Four card Straights. Hold inside Straights only if you've got three or more
high cards (J, Q, K, A).
ollow this general strategy in order of
- Keep any two suited high cards. Discard unsuited high cards.
- Four mixed-suit high cards:
-keep any three suited, toss the
-otherwise, keep them all.
- Three unsuited high cards:
-keep all three of K-Q-J.
-with A-K-J or
A-Q-J, discard the A.
- Keep any two unsuited high cards.
- Keep any single high card.
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