Online Video Poker


A video poker machine will deal you a winning hand of Jacks or Better 21% of the time. The way to become a successful video poker player is by knowing what to do the remaining 79% of the time. For the experienced player, the house edge on video poker is fairly small, and in some cases the odds are even. This course presents some general video poker tips to help you optimize your winnings. Good luck!

There are many variations of video poker and the strategy varies for each. This course will give you the optimal video poker strategy for one of the most common versions of video poker, Jacks or Better Video Poker. This is only meant to be a basic video poker strategy guide for ease of use.

Strategy

Let’s start with a few general video poker strategy tips:

Payout Type 9/6 8/5 6/5
Royal Flush 250 250 250
Straight Flush 50 50 50
Four Of A Kind 25 25 25
Full House 9 8 6
Flush 6 5 5
Straight 4 4 4
Three Of A Kind 3 3 3
Two Pairs 2 2 2
Pair – Jacks Or Better 1 1 1
Long Run Pay % 99% 97% 95%

The table below will give you the basic video poker strategy for Jacks or Better Video Poker, assuming you are playing maximum coins. The optimal strategy will vary depending on the rules of the game and possibly the pay table. Make sure you check the conditions under which you are playing and adjust your video poker strategy accordingly.

Jacks or Better Video Poker Strategy
Initial Hand Cards To Hold Cards To Discard
Royal Flush 5 0
Straight Flush 5 0
4 Of A Kind 4 1
4 Card Royal Flush 4 1
Full House 5 0
Flush 5 0
3 Of A Kind 3 2
Straight 5 0
4 Card Straight Flush 4 1
Two Pairs 4 1
Straight 5 0
Pair – Jacks Or Higher 2 3
3 Card Royal Flush 3 2
4 Card Flush 4 1
Pair – Lower Than Jacks 2 3
4 Card Straight 4 1
3 Card Straight Flush 3 2
2 Card Royal Flush 2 3
3 High Cards 3 2
2 High Cards 2 3
1 High Card 1 4
Any Other Hand 0 5

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