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Jacks or Better

 

One of the most common video poker variations you will find in casinos, Jacks or Better is a great game to play if you are new to video poker as it has a relatively low variance and full pay machines are quite easy to find. As the name suggests the lowest possible hand is a pair of jacks or better (J, Q, K or A's).

 

Full Pay Jacks or Better

 
Below is the optimal pay table to look for. You will notice that for one coin play a flush pays 6 coins and a full house pays 9 coins. This is what is known as a 9/6 Jacks or Better machine and has a payout percentage of 99.54% when you play five coins per hand. The flush and the full house hands are the pays that are most commonly changed to lower the pay back percentage.
 
Full Pay 9/6
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 of a Kind
25
50
75
100
125
Full House
9
18
27
36
45
Flush
6
12
18
24
30
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 %
98.37%
98.37%
98.37%
98.37%
99.54%
 

Other Pay Table Variations

 
Now that you have seen the optimal pay table let's have a look at what happens to the payout percentage when the pays for the full house and the flush are changed. Notice that while it would seem there is not much difference, the reduction on the two pays makes quite a change to the overall return. The pay tables below assume that five coins are played per hand.
 
Pay Table
9/5
8/6
8/5
7/5
6/5
Royal Flush
800
800
800
800
800
Straight Flush
50
50
50
50
50
Four of a Kind
25
25
25
25
25
Full House
9
8
8
7
6
Flush
5
6
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 %
98.44%
98.39%
97.29%
96.14%
94.99%
 
Play Jacks or Better Online
 
You will find full pay Jacks or Better at all good online casinos. Below we list the most popular online casinos at the moment. If you are new to online casinos then we suggest checking out our Online Gambling section.
 
Casino USA Bonus Software Download Play
Bet365 Casino No $200 Playtech Download Play Now
Club USA Casino Yes $100 RTG Download Play Now
Royal Vegas No $100 Microgaming Download Play Now
 
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