How To Play Jacks or Better

Jacks or Better is a video poker casino game that is a variation of five card draw. If you already know how to play five card draw poker then you know how to play jacks or better. The hand rankings of jacks or better is very easy to understand. If you’re a poker player then you already know the hand rankings. However, in Jacks or Better the lowest hand you can receive is a pair of jacks.

Jacks Or Better Hand Rankings

Now if you do not know the hand rankings of poker then here’s a quick overview ranging from highest to lowest.

Royal Flush – all same suit with the following cards 10, J, Q, K, A

Straight Flush – all same suit with following cards A, 2, 3, 4, 5 all the way through 9, 10, J, Q, K

4 of kind – four cards with the same number. Example – 7, 7, 7, 7

Full House – a 3 of kind with a pair. Example – 3, 3, 3, A, A

Flush – any five cards with the same suit.

Straight – any five cards in sequential order as the following A, 2, 3, 4, 5 all the way through 10, J, Q, K, A

3 of kind – three cards with same number. Example – 5, 5, 5

Pair – two cards with the same number (Jacks or better). Example – J, J

How To Play Jacks Or Better

Now that you know the hand rankings we can get into how to play Jacks or Better. First you place your bet then click on deal. This is when you’re dealt five cards. You click on the cards you want to keep and then click on the draw button. This will bring the next set of cards. With these five cards you have now, you will know if you won or not.

For example, if I bet $1 then click on deal. I receive Ace of Hearts, 3 of Spades, 8 of Clubs, Jack of Hearts, and King of Hearts. I click on ace, jack, and king to hold those cards and then click on draw. The video poker game gives me two new cards. These cards are 10 of Hearts and Queen of Hearts. This gives me a royal flush. Of course this is just an example, since receiving a royal flush is very rare.

A strategy to winning the Jacks or Better video poker game is using the maximum bet every time you bet. This gives you the maximum amount allowed for each win. Now if you’re playing the video poker game on a budget by depositing the minimum deposit allowed at an online casino. Then the best strategy is making sure you have as many chances to win as you can by betting the bare minimum allowed for each bet.

For example, if the lowest deposit allowed into an online casino is $20, so that is what you decided to  deposit into your online casino account, and you’re playing Jacks or Better video poker game lowest allowed bet is $0.10. That means you can play a total of 200 hands not counting the money you win from your poker hands.

If you’re deposited $100+ or more then you might want to bet the maximum to maximize the payout from the video poker game. If the max bet is $1 then you still have at least 100 poker hands to play for a chance to win big.
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