Jacks or Better Video Poker Strategy Chart by Online-Casinos.com

Jacks or Better is the oldest and most famous version of video poker. You can get more than a 100% expected return in this great video poker variant. Just print out and play jacks or better video poker according to my Jacks or Better Video Poker strategy chart below.

Jacks Or Better Strategy Chart

Using the video poker strategy chart is easy - simply look up your initial poker hand in the list of video poker hands below, and then keep the highest ranking hand on the list that you are able to make. In other words - once you have been dealt your initial 5 cards you simply start from the top and work your way down the list until you find your hand.

9/6 Full Pay Jacks or Better Video Poker Chart
Initial Video Poker Hand Cards to Hold Cards to Discharge
Royal Straight Flush 5 0
Straight Flush 5 0
4 of a Kind 4 1
4 Cards to a Royal Straight Flush 4 1
Full House 5 0
Flush 5 0
3 of a Kind 3 2
Straight 5 0
4 Cards to a Straight Flush 4 1
Two Pairs 4 1
A Pair of Jacks or a Higher Pair 2 3
3 Cards to a Royal Straight Flush 3 2
4 Cards to a Flush 4 1
Ten - jack - Queen - King (Unsuited) 4 1
A Pair of 10's or lower 2 3
Nine - Ten - Jack - Queen (unsuited) 4 1
Eight - Nine - Ten - Jack (unsuited) 4 1
Nine - Jack - Queen (Same suite) 3 2
Nine - Ten - Queen (Same Suite) 3 2
4 Cards to a Straight - open ended - no high Cards 4 1
3 Cards to a Straight Flush, two gaps, two high cards 3 2
3 Cards to a Straight Flush, one gap, one high card 3 2
3 Cards to a Straight Flush, open ended , no high cards 3 2
Jack - Queen - King - Ace (Unsuited) 3 2
2 Cards to a Royal Straight Flush, two high cards 2 3
4 Cards to a Straight, one gap, three high cards 4 1
3 Cards to a straight flush, one gap, no high cards 3 2
Jack - Queen - King (Unsuited) 3 2
2 High Cards (Unsuited). If you have 3 high cards don't keep an ace. 2 3
2 Cards to a to a Royal Flush with a 10 and no Ace 2 3
1 High Card 1 4
3 cards to a Straight Flush, Two gaps, no high Cards 3 2
Other Video Poker Hands 0 5
Terms Used In The Jacks or Better Strategy:

A High Card:

A high card is a jack, queen, king, or ace.

Open Ended:

An open ended straight, also known as a outside straight can be completed at either end, such as the cards 7,8,9,10.

Gaps:

An inside straight with a missing inside card - called a gap, such as the cards 6,7,9,10 - has one gap. Note: In addition Ace, 2, 3, 4 and Jack, Queen, King, Ace also count as inside straights because they are at an extreme end.

Note:

Open Ended Straights are better for the player then a inside straight because there are 8 cards in the stack that can complete them - whereas there are only 4 cards in the stack that can complete a straight with a gap.

With this Jacks or Better video poker strategy chart you will be able to start playing perfect video poker, but even perfect play with a perfect jacks or better video poker strategy chart will not assure you beat the casino. This playing strategy will just make the odds of you winning as good as possible.

That's all you need to know to play perfect jacks or better video poker. Good luck!

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