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Rules
Jacks or Better is a video poker game in which the minimum winning hand is a pair of Jacks. The player is dealt a hand of 5 cards and is then able to hold those cards which make or could make up to a winning hand. The cards which are not held are re-dealt and the object is to either improve a first dealt winning hand or to improve a losing hand into a winning one.
Card Ranks:
A deck of cards is made out of 4 suits: they are hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades.
Cards are ranked, from highest to lowest: Ace/One, King, Queen, Jack, Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two
Note: Ace can count as either low or high, see the Royal Flush hand in the picture above.
Winning hands
Listed below are the winning hands in order of importance, the better the hand the higher the prize.
Royal Flush -
Ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace, all of the same suit.
A straight flush with the Ace high, pays 250 to 1, the prize for achieving a royal flush for a 20p stake, for example, is therefore £50. The prize is increased by odds of 250 for each additional line or stake of 20p played. In the event that the player plays all 5 lines for a total stake of £1 a game (20p a line) the prize is increased by an additional bonus from what would be the normal incremental prize of 1250 to 1 or £250 (1250 multiplied by 20p) to 4000 to one or £800. The bonus is paid automatically as it is included in the paytable shown. The bonus is only paid where a player plays all 5 lines to the maximum stake of 5 times 20p or £1 a game.
Straight Flush
A straight flush, pays 50 to one. All five cards are both consecutive and of the same suit. For example: Three of Clubs, Four of Clubs, Five of Clubs, Six of Clubs and Seven of Clubs.
Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same value. (Obviously, each of different suits.) pays 25 to one.
Full House
Three of a kind and a pair at the same time pays 9 to one.
Flush
All cards in your hand are of the same suit pays 6 to one.
Straight
All five cards are consecutive pays 4 to one.
For example: Three of Clubs, Four of Spades, Five of Clubs, Six of Diamonds, and Seven of Hearts.
Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same value pays 3 to one.
Two Pair
Two pairs of cards pays 2 to one.
In other words, two cards in your hand are the same value, and two other cards in your hand are also the same value.
Pair
Two cards in your hand are the same value. In this version, they must be Jacks or better, pays even money.
None of the Above - loses
The theoretical RTP for this game is: 98.40%
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