Jacks or Better Video Poker

Jacks or Better is a video poker machine version of draw poker. Players receive five cards and then choose which of the cards to "hold". The remaining cards are then mucked and replaced by hitting the deal button. The final hand wins if the player has a pair of Jacks or better. Simple and addictive

As with most video poker machines and casino video poker in general it always helps to familiarise yourself with the rules and order of play before you deposit and play with your hard earned coinage. To this end we recommend that you take a brief check of the the Jacks or Better casino video poker rules below and bear in mind thjat you might want to try some of the free poker machines at your chosen online casino first.

The Rules of Jacks or Better Video Poker Machine are quite simple:

  • Hand strength is based on the video poker pay table
  • Cards should only be dealt from a single pack
  • All Cards are shuffled after every hand
  • You can muck up to five cards


Hand Valuesfor this version of casino video poker

Hands are ranked in order of; pair of jacks or higher, 2 pair, 3 of a kind, Straight, Flush, Full House, 4 of a kind, Straight Flush, Royal Flush.

The Player wins if:

  • The final hand is at least a pair of Jacks.

The Player loses if:

  • The final hand does NOT meet the minimum hand of at least a pair of Jacks.

Player Actions/Button Descriptions:


Bet - The player purchases credits by clicking on chips to put into the game, then decides whether to wager 1-5 coins, each increasing the payout for a winning hand.

Bet One - Clicking Bet One wagers one coin each time it is clicked up to a maximum of five coins.

Bet Max - Clicking Max Bet wagers five coins and deals the cards.

Draw Deal - Deals the cards after a wager has been place or after cards have be selected to be ‘held'.

Hold - The player clicks on the cards it wishes to keep.

Cash Out - Click on the red Cash/Out button to stop playing and cash out your credits and winnings.


Payouts are based on the casino video poker machine pay table.

Single Hand Video Poker (1 hand only)

Each Video Poker game that consists of one hand can be played for $0.05, $0.25, $0.50, $1, and $5. You can click on the Pay table button to view the payout table and the proper column will be highlighted based on the amount of coins played.

Single credits can be inserted into the Video Poker Machine by clicking the coin-slot in the bottom right corner.

Multi-Hand Video Poker (3 or more hands)

Each Video Poker game that consists of three or more hands can be played for $0.01, $0.05, $0.25, $0.50, and $1. In addition, players can choose from 3 hands, 10 hands, 52 hands or 100 hands. If you are playing a game that consists of three or more hands, you can click on the Pay table button to view the payout table and the proper column will be highlighted based on the amount of coins played.

In each of the hands played by a player, the cards held by the player appear. Cards are drawn randomly to fill the rest of the spots. Once a card or cards have been discarded by the player, the card or cards cannot appear in any of the subsequent hands.

You must have a $5 account balance to play multi-hand video poker. This is pretty much standard accross most safe online casinos. Just make sure you use the best depositing methods.

Video Poker Hands (Highest To Lowest)

Hands in Video Poker are generally ranked in the order based on the following table, but the game-specific paytables may vary and are always posted on each machine.

Hand Name






Royal Flush

10, J, Q, K, A of same suit

10H, QH, JH, AH, KH

Straight Flush

In sequence, 5 cards of same suit

3S, 4S, 5S, 6S, 7S

4 of a Kind

4 cards of same rank

6D, 6S, 6C, 6H

Full House

3 of a kind, plus a pair

2H, 2D, 2S, 3H, 3S


5 cards of same suit

2D, 4D, 6D, 8D, 9D,


5 cards in sequence

3H, 4C, 5H, 6S, 7D

3 of a Kind

3 cards of same rank

7H, 7S, 7D

2 Pair

2 pairs of different rank

4H, 4S, 6D, 6S

1 Pair

1 pair (2 cards) of same rank


Again, we recommed that you play some free poker machines first to get to grips with this Jacks or Better version before you play this type of slot for real money.

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Users Comments

Re: Jacks or Better Video Poker
Posted By mickeyrobles 1 February 18, 2010 05:17:38 AM

Either game they are still poker and it's still fun playing it! :D I am not really into poker but I love playing slots or bingo at internet casino with my friends or my brother losing frequently. lol
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