Playing Jacks or Better

Published January 11, 2005 by OCR Editor

Playing Jacks or Better

Poker has the most variations of all the classic casino games and offers the player a wide range of games to choose from. One of the more popular variation of poker is Jacks or Better.

Poker has gained tremendous popularity on the net in the past several years and you can find a wide array of poker games at any good online casino. Poker has the most variations of all the classic casino games and offers the player a wide range of games to choose from. One popular variation of poker is Jacks or Better. Jacks or Better is based on the standard poker game but has several different rules. By picking up a few Jacks or Better strategy tips you'll improve your odds of winning when playing at the online casinos. Find a few tips below as well as an explanation of how the game and played and a list of hand rankings to help you understand the way the game is played before you try it out at an online casino on the net.

If you are playing video poker at an online casino then you may want to try a hand of Jacks or Better poker.  Jacks or Better, along with Deuces Wild, is one of the most popular versions of online poker can that can be found at the online casinos. Jacks or Better is not hard to play and by following a few simple strategies, such as never holding a high card (kicker card) along with a pair, you can succeed at this poker game. Below is a description of the basic concept behind playing Jacks or Better at a top online casino.

In Jacks or Better video poker, dealt hands, such as three of a Kind with two off-cards, offer very clear hold/draw decisions. In this example, you simply hold the trips and draw two cards. There is no other reasonable play. However, most dealt hands present two or more reasonable draw options. In that case, choose the hand that is highest on the list. Always discard all the off-cards. In video poker it is best to never hold a "kicker" (a high card). It's also advisable to play the maximum coins per game, as the payout for five coins played is far greater than five times the payout for only one coin.  Find a listing of the hand rankings below for playing video poker games at an online casino.

Video Poker Hand Rankings
Royal Flush
The highest ranking hand possible. An Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit. Starting with an Ace, all five cards are in sequence and in a common suit.
Example: AH, KH, QH, JH, 10H

Straight Flush
Five cards both in sequence and common suit, but not starting with an Ace.
Example: 10D, 9D, 8D, 7D, 6D

Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same rank.
Example: 5C, 5H, 5S, 5D, 2D

Full House
Three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank.
Example: KC, KD, KH, 4S, 4C

Flush
Five cards of same suit.
Example: KD, JD, 9D, 6D, 3D

Straight
Five cards in sequence (Aces may be used high or low).
Example: 5C, 4D, 3H, 2S, AC

Three of a Kind
Three cards of same rank.
Example: 9C, 9D, 9H, AS, 8C

Two Pair
Two groups of two cards of same rank.
Example: 4C, 4D, JH, JS, AC

A pair, Jacks or better
Two cards (Jacks or better) of the same rank
Example: 8C, 4D, JH, JS, AC


Note: C=Clubs, D=Diamonds, H=Hearts, S=Spades

See also

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