Tens or Better

Tens or Better

Enjoy a winning combination with a five-card poker hand.

In This Game Overview

  • Getting started 
  • Characteristics of Tens or Better 
  • Tens or Better hands 
  • Trivia 
  • Strategy and Tips 

In the spirit of five-card draw video poker, Tens or Better is an exciting poker variant providing lots of fun and dazzling prizes. Tensor Better serves as the front runner to mainstream poker gaming varieties. In spite of its relative elusiveness in the big gaming realm, Tens or Better is video poker's premier attraction. 

Getting started

The object of this game is to hold a winning five-card poker hand. This all depends on the specific value of the hand - the higher, the better. Players will have the option to hold and replace cards, but only one time. 

Characteristics of Tens or Better

Like standard poker varieties, Tens or Better ranks hands in the same manner. But there is one major difference. That comes in the form of the minimum possible winning hand card combinations. In this game it has to be a pair of tens or better. 

Tens or Better hands

The best possible payouts come from the most valuable hands that can be held. The Royal Flush is the dream maker which contains the 10, J, Q, K and A. Recall that in this game, a minimum of a pair of 10s or better is required to win. 

In descending order of hand rank are the following possibilities: 

  • Royal Flush
  • Straight Flush (5 sequential cards)
  • Four of a Kind (4 cards of the same value)
  • Full House (3 cards of the same value plus a pair of equal value cards)
  • Straight (5 sequential cards of non-matching value)
  • Three-of-a-Kind (3 cards of the same value + 2 non-matching cards)
  • Two Pairs (Any 2 sets of cards of the same value)
  • Pair (A pair of 10s, Js, Qs, Ks or As)


Tens or Better is a variation of game 6/5 Jacks or Better. The only difference being that the pair of 10s replaces the pair of Js. While the strategy is similar between these two games the Flush and Full House payouts are different. 

Strategy and Tips

Because the game functions along similar lines as standard five-card draw poker, it is advisable for players to commit to memory the winning combinations and card hand values. Among others,players are advised to bet the maximum number of coins and play the max number of lines in order to strike the biggest jackpots.

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