Video poker is considered a combination of skills and good fortune. You have no impact on the cards drawn, but if you play cleverly and carefully evaluate which cards to keep and which to discard, you will take full advantage of the low volatility of the video poker games and generate some nice wins. Now, let’s focus on one of the most popular (if not most popular) video poker variations namely Jacks or Better.
Jacks or Better is the lowest paying video poker variation, but yet, the most desirable by players. Jacks or Better is also easier to play as compared to Deuces Wild or Triple Double Bonus Poker.
When you adjust your bet size, you are dealt five cards. Then, you have to decide which cards to keep, and which to discard. Next, you are dealt replacement cards for those you decided to discard. Your objective is to get a hand that includes a pair of Jacks or Better or higher. Failing to do that means that you lose your wager.
Jacks or Better Basic Strategy
If you know how to play five-card draw poker, you will feel right at home with video poker and Jacks or Better. However, the important question is how to figure out which cards to keep and which to discard. Here are a few rules that might come in handy:
Draw one card if you have two pairs, 4 OAK, or 4 cards to a straight or Flush
Draw two cards if you have three cards to a Royal Flush
Draw two cards if you have 3 OAK
Draw three cards if you have a pair
Draw four cards if you have one high card
No matching cards? Hold a card that is higher or equal of value to jacks
No combinations? No jacks or better? Discard all 5 cards and draw new ones
Jacks or Better Paytable
Here’s a sample Jacks or Better paytable, but keep in mind that casinos might alter the paytable. The best thing you can do is to check the payouts before you even start playing.