- A standard deck of 52 cards is used and shuffled after each round of play.
- There are no wild cards available to complete winning card combinations
- After making the bet, the player clicks "Deal," which gets play started. The player gets five cards, and then a playing decision is necessary to decide which cards to hold and which to use as part of the final hand. Then the new cards are drawn and a final determination of winning and losing is made.
- The payout table is in plain view, in front of the player, and clearly marks what the payout is for each number of coins that are bet. For example, when betting five coins, the jackpot for a Royal Flush is 4000 coins, while betting four coins will bring a 1000-coin payout. That is quite a dip.
- Upon winning a hand, there is the opportunity to double that win. This is naturally called the "Doubling" option. There will be five cards dealt out onto the screen. Four of them are face-down and constitute the choice for the player. One card is face-up, and that is the card belonging to the dealer. The player selects one of the face-down cards and if that card is of a higher value than that of the dealer's card, the win is doubled. The player then elects to collect the money or try and double again.
Jacks or Better Video Poker starts paying out with a pair of jacks or better (of course). The payout is five coins, based on a five-coin bet, four coins on a four-coin bet, etc. The additional winning combinations and payouts, all based on the maximum five-coin denominations, run this way: Two Pairs is 10 coins, Three of a Kind (15), Straight (20), Flush (30), Full House (45), Four of a Kind (125), Straight Flush (250). The highest payout is the Royal Flush, which is 4000 coins on a five-coin wager. For a four-coin wager it is 1000 coins; a three-coin bet brings 750 coins, two coins bring back 500, and for one coin a Royal Flush yields a 250-coin return.
When you consider that the next highest winning combination (the Straight Flush) brings a 250-coin payout for the five-coin bet, you can see that there is a tremendous dropoff from one winning combination to the next, which doesn't necessarily give the player very much in the way of value.