Jacks or Better

Jacks of the better is the game most people think about when you mention video poker. It is the classic games that most other games in one way or another is based from. It is played using a regular 52 card deck without any wild cards. If you get a pair of jacks or better you will have a winning hand. Hence the name of the game. It is easy to learn the game and even learning the optimal way to play the game is not too complicated and does not take too long. It is a good game to start with if you want to start playing video poker. Full pay jacks or better played using optimal strategy will have a 100% pay rate. It will in other words not give any edge to the bank or to the player.

Jacks or better can be found in any casino and more or less all online casinos. All big software providers have their own version of the game. Most of the adaptions for online casinos are good. It is important that you will find different paying machines in real casinos and online and it is therefore worth taking a few minutes to find full pay or at least as high paying machines as possible.

If you play jacks or better in an online casino using microgamings software you will also find a level up and a power poker version of this game. Both version are fun and offer a lot of extra excitement but they also offer the bank an higher edge and is less suitable for those who play video poker to win rather than just to have a good time.

Level up jacks or better allow you to win more money when you win several hands in a row. Every time you win you move up on level and every time you lose you fall back down to level 1. There are four level all in all. The higher you go the more money you win. On level 2 you get x2 your money, on level 3 x4 your money and on the 4th level you get x8 of whatever your winning hand is worth. The pay outs of all hands has been lowered accordingly to allow for these extra bonuses. The level up system make it possible to win a lot of money quickly while on a hot streak while not seeing the same leverage downwards when you are on a cold streak.


Jacks or better power poker allows you to play up 100 hands at the same time,. Whatever action you take on your main hand is duplicated across all hands and each hands win or loose according to normal jacks or better rules. All hands use a separate unique deck. The more hands you play the more complex the game becomes and the harder it gets to evaluate which is the best action to take in regards to all your hands. It is a fun game that allows you to quickly win or loose money. It does however contain a lot larger element of chance than regular video poker and should perhaps more be considered like a slot game than a true video poker game as luck plays a much bigger role.

Below you will find video poker tables for the highest paying common versions of jacks or better video poker. Look at the pay table and match the payouts for the different hand to see which type of machine you play at. If the pay table you are looking at does not exist below that means that your machine has a lower payout than all versions listed below.

Full Pay Jacks or Better

Hand

Payoff

Combinations

Probability

Return

Royal flush

976

554,637,108

0.000028

0.027157

Straight flush

50

2,218,146,252

0.000111

0.005564

4 of a kind

25

46,944,834,792

0.002355

0.058878

Full house

9

228,938,634,648

0.011485

0.103367

Flush

6

221,687,899,200

0.011122

0.066729

Straight

4

225,414,163,536

0.011308

0.045234

3 of a kind

3

1,478,350,617,468

0.074165

0.222495

Two pair

2

2,569,778,781,732

0.128919

0.257839

Jacks or better

1

4,240,539,117,972

0.212737

0.212737

Nothing

0

10,918,803,684,492

0.547769

0.000000

Total

19,933,230,517,200

1.000000

1.000000

 

99.99% Jacks or Better

Hand

Payoff

Combinations

Probability

Return

Royal flush

800

500,790,444

0.000025

0.020099

Straight flush

90

2,378,594,904

0.000119

0.010740

4 of a kind

25

47,057,767,584

0.002361

0.059019

Full house

9

229,325,520,096

0.011505

0.103542

Flush

6

223,054,389,492

0.011190

0.067140

Straight

4

220,034,964,156

0.011039

0.044154

3 of a kind

3

1,482,730,554,984

0.074385

0.223155

Two pair

2

2,575,465,030,008

0.129205

0.258409

Jacks or better

1

4,259,815,156,080

0.213704

0.213704

Nothing

0

10,892,867,749,452

0.546468

0.000000

Total

19,933,230,517,200

1.000000

0.999962

 

99.90% Jacks or Better

Hand

Payoff

Combinations

Probability

Return

Royal Flush

940

523487220

0.000026

0.024686

Straight Flush

50

2210097684

0.000111

0.005544

4 of a Kind

25

47036519220

0.002360

0.058993

Full House

9

229274750340

0.011502

0.103519

Flush

6

220266691236

0.011050

0.066301

Straight

4

224836698648

0.011279

0.045118

3 of a Kind

3

1481912846688

0.074344

0.223032

Two Pair

2

2574414297144

0.129152

0.258304

Jacks or Better

1

4256413692336

0.213534

0.213534

Nothing

0

10896341436684

0.546642

0.000000

Total

19933230517200

1.000000

0.999030

 

99..54% Jacks or Better

Hand

Payoff

Combinations

Probability

Return

Royal flush

800

493512264

0.00002476

0.01980661

Straight flush

50

2178883296

0.00010931

0.00546545

Four of a kind

25

47093167764

0.00236255

0.05906364

Full house

9

229475482596

0.01151221

0.10360987

Flush

6

219554786160

0.01101451

0.06608707

Straight

4

223837565784

0.01122937

0.04491747

Three of a kind

3

1484003070324

0.07444870

0.22334610

Two pair

2

2576946164148

0.12927890

0.25855780

Pair

1

4277372890968

0.21458503

0.21458503

Nothing

0

10872274993896

0.54543467

0

Total

19933230517200

1

0.99543904

 

98.62% Jacks or Better

Hand

Payoff

Combinations

Probability

Return

Royal flush

800

493,461,180

0.000025

0.019805

Straight flush

50

2,178,781,128

0.000109

0.005465

4 of a kind

26

47,093,065,596

0.002363

0.061426

Full house

8

229,474,563,084

0.011512

0.092097

Flush

6

219,546,510,552

0.011014

0.066085

Straight

4

223,901,471,868

0.011233

0.044930

3 of a kind

3

1,483,988,715,720

0.074448

0.223344

Two pair

2

2,576,909,843,424

0.129277

0.258554

Jacks or better

1

4,277,338,869,024

0.214583

0.214583

Nothing

0

10,872,305,235,624

0.545436

0.000000

Total

19,933,230,517,200

1.000000

0.986289