Aces and 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|
|Four Aces or Eights||80||160||240||320||400|
|Three of a Kind||3||6||9||12||15|
|Jacks or Better||1||2||3||4||5|
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. The table assumes max bet is played.
|Four Aces or Eights||70||80||80||80||80|
|Three of a Kind||3||3||3||3||3|
|Jacks or Better||1||1||1||1||1|
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