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Jacks or Better

Jacks or Better is the most common and most popular version of video poker. In this variation of the game, the payouts start from a pair of jacks. This type of video poker can be commonly found in land-based casinos all over the world, as well as in many online casinos.

The reason for the game’s popularity is its low house edge. Jacks or Better video poker is considered to be the fairest casino game one can possibly play. The payout percentage for full-pay 9/6 Jacks or Better machine is 99.54%. This means that, on a mathematical average, making 10x $1 bets will only result in a loss of between $0.04 to $0.05.

How to Win at Jacks or Better

Here are all of the winning combinations a player can get in Jacks or Better, arranged from the one with the largest payout to that with the lowest (payouts based on a full-pay machine):

NamePayoutCombination Recipe
Royal Flush250:1Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 (same suit)
Straight Flush50:1Five cards in a sequence (same suit)
Four of a Kind25:1All four cards of a rank
Full House7:1Three cards of one rank and two cards of another
Flush5:1Any five cards of the same suit
Straight4:1Five cards in a sequence
Three of a Kind3:1Three cards of the same rank
Two Pair2:1Two cards of one rank and two cards of another
Jacks or Better1:1A hand featuring a pair of jacks


Jacks or Better:

  • The most popular type of video poker.
  • The fairest casino game you can play.

Jack or better poker video game