Joker Poker


Joker Poker is a common poker variation found on video poker machines. The only deference between Joker Poker and standard five-card Draw Poker is that a Joker Poker deck contains one or more extra cards, the jokers. The jokers act as wild cards that can be any rank or suit. You are initially dealt five cards, which you may then exchange for new cards in order to achieve the best possible poker hand. The basic strategy for optimizing your odds at Joker Poker is fairly straightforward and listed in the tables below.

Joker Poker Strategy When You Are Dealt The Joker
Initial Hand Cards To Hold Cards To Discard
Five Of A Kind 5 0
Straight Flush 5 0
Four Of A Kind 4 1
Full House 5 0
Flush 5 0
Four-Card Straight Flush 4 1
Straight 5 0
Four-Card Inside Straight Flush 4 1
Four-Card Double-Inside Straight Flush 4 1
Three Of A Kind 3 2
Four-Card Straight 4 1
Three-Card Straight Flush 3 2
Four-Card Inside Straight 4 1
Four-Card Flush 4 1
Three-Card Inside Straight Flush 3 2
Three-Card Straight 3 2
Three-Card Double Inside Straight Flush 3 2
Four-Card Double Inside Straight Flush 4 1
Pair 2 3
Joker Poker Strategy When You Are Not Dealt The Joker
Initial Hand Cards To Hold Cards To Discard
Royal Flush 5 0
Straight Flush 5 0
Four Of A Kind 4 1
Full House 5 0
Four-Card Royal Flush 4 1
Flush 5 0
Straight 5 0
Four-Card Straight Flush (Open-Ended or Inside) 4 1
Three Of A Kind 3 2
Two Pair 4 1
Four-Card Flush 4 1
Three-Card Royal Flush 3 2
Four-Card Straight 4 1
Three-Card Straight Flush (Open-Ended or Inside) 3 2
Pair 2 3
Two-Card Royal Flush 2 3
Four-Card Inside Straight 4 1
Three-Card Double-Inside Straight Flush 3 2
Two-Card Straight Flush (Open-Ended, Double-Inside or Triple-Inside) 2 3
Three-Card Flush 3 2
Three-Card Straight 3 2
Two-Card Flush 2 3