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Tens or Better

 

A great example of casinos making the most of the fact that many players do not do any research into the games they play. To the unwary player Tens or Better might seem like an easier game to win on compared to Jacks or Better as the lowest paying hand is a pair of tens rather than jacks. If all the other pays were the same then this would be true however they are not the same.

 

Full Pay Jacks or Better

 
Below is the pay table for the best possible version of Tens or Better. You will notice that the pays for the full house and the flush are 6 and 5 respectively. Thus even with the lower minimum winning hand the overall pay back is 99.13%. Compare this with 99.54% on full pay 9/6 jacks or better and you can see that jacks or better is still a better choice.
 
Full Pay 25/6/5
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 of a Kind
25
50
75
100
125
Full House
6
12
18
24
30
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
Tens or Better
1
2
3
4
5
Return %
97.85%
97.85%
97.85%
97.85%
99.13%
 

Other Tens or Better Pay Tables

 
Interestingly enough the amount of Tens or Better machines on casino floors has been getting smaller and smaller over the years. Most casinos prefer to use the space for more popular games such as Double Bonus or Deuces Wild. Below is another pay table that you may find. It is the same as above with the exception of the 20 coin pay for quads which drops the EV to low 97.96%.
 
Pay Table
20/6/5
       
Royal Flush
800
       
Straight Flush
50
       
Four of a Kind
20
       
Full House
6
       
Flush
5
       
Straight
4
       
Three of a Kind
3
       
Two Pair
2
       
Tens or Better
1
       
Return %
97.96%
       
 
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