How to play Jacks or Better

Jacks or Better

Jacks or Better is played with 1 hand. Jacks or Better follows conventional poker rules, which means that only 1 pack of cards is used and the cards are shuffled before each hand. The game follows standard poker hands:

  • Two pair
  • Three of a Kind: three cards of the same rank (K, K, K, for example)
  • Straight: 5 consecutive cards of different suits
  • Flush: 5 cards of the same suit (5 clubs for example)
  • Full House: 3 cards of the same value and two cards of the same value (5, 5, 5 and K, K, for example)
  • Four of a Kind: 4 cards of the same value (9, 9, 9, 9)
  • Straight Flush: 5 consecutive cards of the same suit
  • Royal Straight Flush: A, K, Q, J, 10 of the same suit.

In Jacks or Better an extra hand is also possible: a pair of Jacks, Queens, Kings or Aces. The pay table can be found directly on the screen, so you know instantly what winnings you can get. Once you get a winning combination, you can choose to collect your winnings or risk the bonus game.


Jacks or Better review

After every hand, you can double your winnings in Jacks or Better. To do so, click on the GAMBLE button after a win. A bonus game appears where you can choose the right colour (red or black) or the right suit of the card positioned in the centre of the screen. If you want to guess the colour, click red or black on the left side of the card. If you want to choose the suit, click on one of the 4 suit symbols to the right of the card. When you have made your guess, the card will be turned over. If you get it right you can try again. You can keep doubling up as long as you win. If you want to stop the bonus game and collect your winnings, simply click the COLLECT button, and you will be returned to the main game screen. Keep in mind that for each new card, a new deck is used.

Jacks or Better Video Poker Bet Limits

Jacks or Better has 5 different bet levels. You can also choose between coin values between 10 cents and 10 dollars. This means that the various betting options range from a minimum of 10 cents to a maximum of $50 per game. From bold to moderate bettors, there is a perfect betting option for every player.

Payout table/winning plan

The screen immediately displays what the payouts are on the two tables. Depending on the bet level, the payout will change. When changing the bet level with the BET LEVEL button, the paytable column will also change and the poker hand values will be adjusted. The highlighted column applies to the chosen bet level. You can also choose to click on the pay table to select a bet level.

Possible settings

Jacks or Better has a number of settings that can be adjusted to your preference during play. You can do this by clicking on the gear icon at the bottom left of the screen. Not all casinos offer the possibility to adjust these settings. The following is an overview of the settings that can be set by the player.

  • Sound effects
  • Quick play
  • Always use the ‘Bet’ function
  • Never use the “Bet” function
  • Game history (not available in test games)

Jacks or Better video poker manual

Jacks or Better win

The game may seem complicated but Jacks or Better is very easy to play. There is a trial mode available. If you’re curious, you can first try Jacks or Better for free to get to know the game.

First, click on the BET LEVEL button to choose whether you wish to play for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 coins per game. Then you can set a coin value, you can set it from 10 cents to $10 per game. After setting the level and coin value, you can click the DEAL button and the cards will appear on the screen. Cards which form a winning combination are automatically kept. You can hold cards by clicking the HOLD button below each card, by clicking on the card itself or by using the numbers 1 to 5 on the keyboard. You can also remove the selection this way. When finished, you can click DRAW to receive the second round of cards. The final hand determines your winnings. When you win, you will automatically be taken to the bonus game. The MAX BET button allows you to play to bet level 5 of the set coin value with a single click.

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