Jacks or Better


Jacks Or Better Poker is one of the most common video poker variations. The simple objective of Jacks Or Better is to make the best five-card poker hand possible. In order to receive a payout, the hand must be of a pair of Jacks or better, which explains the name of the game. The better your final poker hand the higher your payout will be.

The rules of Jacks Or Better are basically the same as standard five-card Draw Poker. You are initially dealt five cards and then may exchange one to five of these cards in order to draw new ones in an attempt to better your hand. The optimal Jacks Or Better Video Poker strategy is very simple and listed in the table below.

Basic Jacks Or Better Video Poker Strategy
Initial Poker Hand Cards To Hold Cards To Discard
Royal Flush 5 0
Straight Flush 5 0
Four Of A Kind 5 0
Full House 5 0
Flush 5 0
Straight 5 0
Four-Card Royal Flush 4 1
Four-Card Straight Flush 4 1
Four-Card Flush 4 1
Four-Card Straight 4 1
Two Pair 4 1
Three Of A Kind 3 2
Three-Card Royal Flush 3 2
Three-Card Straight Flush 3 2
High Pair (Jacks or Better) 2 3
Low Pair 2 3
Two-Card Royal Flush 2 3
Two High Cards 2 3
One High Card 1 4
Any Other Hand 0 5
Common Jacks or Better Video Poker Payout
Poker Hand 1 Coin 2 Coins 3 Coins 4 Coins 5 Coins
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 36
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Three Of A Kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two Pair 2 4 6 8 10
Pair Of Jacks Or Better 1 2 3 4 5