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Jacks or Better

Jacks or Better

Jacks or Better is the classic video poker game. You need to form the best five-card poker hand possible and as long as it contains a pair of Jacks or better then you win. Better yet, the game offers a gamble feature giving you the chance to double your payout. 

Jacks or Better

How To Play 

Jacks or Better is a very simple game of five-card draw, you simply need to form the best possible poker hand and as long as your hand contains at least a pair of Jacks then you win a payout. 

Before starting a round you first need to set your coin size using the plus and minus buttons and then decide how many coins to bet per hand, from one to five. Use the ‘Bet One’ button to add a single coin to each hand or save time and use the ‘Bet Max’ button to quickly bet five coins per hand and deal the cards.  

To the left of the cards you can see the paytable with the different types of hands and their payouts. You will see that the table has five columns and these columns correspond to the number of coins bet. This means that if you are betting one coin per hand then you are playing for the leftmost column and if you are betting five coins per hand you are playing for the rightmost column.  

After setting your bet click on ‘Deal’ and the first hand of cards are dealt. You then have to choose which cards to hold. If you are dealt a winning hand then the cards will automatically be held, but you can unselect them if you so wish. Once you are satisfied click on ‘Deal’ a second time and remaining cards will be replaced. You are then paid out for any winning hands.  

The lowest winning hand is Jacks or Better and it is followed by Two Pair, Three of a Kind, Straight, Flush, Full House, Four of a Kind, Straight Flush and a Royal Flush.  

After winning you will be given the choice of ‘Double’, ‘Double Half’ or ‘Collect’. The first two options give you the chance to bet your winnings, or half of your winnings, to try to double the payout. You are shown a face-up card and need to pick from four facedown cards to find one that is higher in value. If you pick correctly then you can keep repeating the process until you hit the game’s double up limit.  


As explained above, the payouts change according to how many coins you have bet. If you are betting one coin per hand then Jacks or Better pays 1x, Two Pair pays 2x, Three of a Kind pays 3x, Straight pays 4x, Flush pays 6x, Full House pays 9x, Four of a Kind pays 25x, Straight Flush pays 50x, and a Royal Flush pays 250x.  

If you are playing with more than one coin then the payouts are multiplied by how many coins you have bet. For instance, if you are playing with five coins then a Straight Flush would pay 250x (50 x 5). This rule is true for all hands except for a Royal Flush, which offers a boosted payout of 4000x if you are betting five coins per hand.