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Jacks or Better Video Poker Strategy

Jacks or Better is even more popular than Deuces Wild in online or land casinos.  The reason it tends to be more popular of a game is the payouts.  You can have a pair in this game.  Of course the pair must be of jacks or better, but still you get winnings for this type of hand.  The Royal Flush is always going to be the best hand, and the most elusive.  There are rules for when you should break up a possible royal flush and when you should not.  Jacks or Better video poker is a five card draw game meaning you can keep any of the first five cards dealt or trade in any of them up to all five.  It is up to you and the strategies listed below to decide you move in this poker game.

Check out the table to learn your options for what you might have regarding a Royal Flush.  These suggestions are what you should do:

Common strategies for Jacks or Better:

If you have:

Then ...

4 cards to a royal flush

Draw one card

3 cards of a royal flush

Draw two cards, unless you have a winning hand

2 cards to a royal flush

Draw three cards, unless you have a winning hand

4 cards to a straight flush

Draw one card, or keep the winning hand

3 cards to a straight flush

Draw 2 cards, unless you have a winning hand.

2 cards to a straight flush

Draw three cards, unless there is a winning hand

4 cards to a flush

Draw one card, unless you have a winning pair or higher

3 cards to a flush

Draw two cards, unless there is a winning pair or higher

2 cards to a flush

Draw three cards, unless you have a winning hand

3 of a kind

Keep this hand, draw two new cards

2 pairs

Draw 1 new card

high pair

Draw three new cards, never break a high pair

low pair

This is not a winning hand, either scrap it or try for 3 new cards

high cards

Keep one high card to create a pair

Otherwise

Draw five new cards

This table is going to examine the types of hands you can have.  It will list the hands from best to worst.  The best hand is of course the Royal Flush and as you saw above there are certain strategies to try and play for this option.  The worst hand is a pair of jacks as that still pays out.  Anything less such as a pair of tens or below will not offer any winnings.

Jacks or Better (Full Pay - 9/6)

1

Four of a Kind, Straight Flush, Royal Flush

2

4 to a Royal

3

Three of a Kind, Straight, Flush, Full House

4

4 to a Straight Flush - open

5

Two Pair

6

High Pair

7

3 to a Royal Flush

8

4 to a Flush

9

Low Pair

10

89Ten Jack ,9Ten Jack Queen

11

9Ten Jacks, 9Jack Queens

12

4 to a Straight - open

13

8Jack Queens

14

3 to a Straight Flush - open

15

9Ten Queens, 8Ten Jacks, 89Jacks, 9Queen Kings, 9Jack Kings

16

2 pair Queen and Jacks

17

Jack Queen King Ace

18

2- pair King Queens, King Jacks, Ace Kings, Ace Queens, Ace Jacks

19

4 to a Straight - inside

20

3 to a Straight Flush - inside

21

3 to a Straight Flush - inside

22

Jack Queen King

23

Queen Jack

24

Two pair Jack Tens

25

King Queen , King Jack

26

Queen and Tens- Two pair

27

Ace King , Ace Queen, Ace Jack

28

King and Tens- 2 pair

29

High Card

30

3 to a Straight Flush - inside

31

Redraw

 


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