Video Poker & Jacks or Better Rules

There are many different varieties of video poker. The generic game is based on ordinary draw poker whereby the player receives 5 cards and selects to hold any number of them and re-draw the rest, hopefully to achieve the best possible poker hand.

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The key to understanding how each version works is to scrutinise the payout table before taking the plunge. Each version of video poker demands a different strategy and prospective players would be well advised to play for fun before trying a new variation. Some of the more common video poker games include Jacks or Better, Joker Poker, Pick em Poker and Double Bonus Poker.

Players typically have the option to play up to 5 times the base bet for any particular game. This is termed the maximum bet. If a player has selected a 50p entry level for a game the maximum bet for that particular game would be £2.50

In most games a player is given the option of increasing his/her winnings by doubling after a win. This involves selecting any one of four cards in an effort to beat the dealer's card, which is turned up first. The highest card wins. If this happens to be the player's card winnings are doubled and another option to double up that amount is given. Before starting be sure to check out our introduction to video poker.

Typical order of ranking for poker hands:

  • 1 pair
  • 2 pairs
  • 3 of a kind
  • Straight
  • Flush
  • Full House
  • Four of a kind
  • Straight Flush
  • Five of a kind (with joker)
  • Royal Flush

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