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Aces & Eights

 

Aces and Eights are most commonly known as the Dead Mans Hand due to the fact that these were the cards that Wild Bill Hickok held just before his murder. Luckily the video poker variations will not be murder on your bankroll as the full pay version has an EV of 99.78% - a fraction better than 9/6 Jacks or Better.

 

Full Pay Aces and Eights

 
The best version of Aces and Eights is shown below. It is known as 25/8/5 - that is the four of a kind for anything other than aces, eights or sevens pays 25 coins, the full house pays 8 coins and the flush pays 5 coins.
 
Full Pay 25/8/5
1 Coin
2 Coins
3 Coins
4 Coins
5 Coins
Royal Flush
250
500
750
1000
4000
Straight Flush
50
100
150
200
250
Four Aces or Eights
80
160
240
320
400
Four Sevens
50
100
150
200
250
Four Other
25
50
75
100
125
Full House
8
16
24
32
40
Flush
5
10
15
20
25
Straight
4
8
12
16
20
Three of a Kind
3
6
9
12
15
Two Pair
2
4
6
8
10
Jacks or Better
1
2
3
4
5
Return %
98.54%
98.54%
98.54%
98.54%
99.78%
 

Other Pay Table Variations

 
The most common pays that are changed to lower the pay out percentage on Aces and Eights are the "Other Four of a Kind", the full house and the flush. The exception to this is the second best version we have found which pays 70 for a straight flush and 70 for quad aces or eights. As you can see from the table below there is a sharp drop in EV from full pay to the other versions.
 
Pay Table
70/70
25/7/5
20/7/5
25/6/5
20/6/5
Royal Flush
800
800
800
800
800
Straight Flush
70
50
50
50
50
Four Aces or Eights
70
80
80
80
80
Four Sevens
50
50
50
50
50
Four Other
20
25
20
25
20
Full House
8
7
7
6
6
Flush
5
5
5
5
5
Straight
4
4
4
4
4
Three of a Kind
3
3
3
3
3
Two Pair
2
2
2
2
2
Jacks or Better
1
1
1
1
1
Return %
98.72%
98.63%
97.72%
97.48%
96.57%
 
 
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