JACKS OR BETTER GAME STRATEGY VIDEO POKER

A type of video poker called Jacks or Better was the first of its kind in games and appeared in the casino in the early seventies of the last century. However, despite the age so solid for such games, Jacks or Better is still popular. She is also considered the best option for an initial study of video poker in general. The thing is that this game is not complicated rules and it is easy to learn.

At the dawn of the emergence of video poker machines, payments were made starting from only two pairs and above and the chances of players to win were so low that most gambling fans soon refused to play them. This forced the developers to reconsider their position. Initially, the probability of winning was seriously increased, and then the turn came to rework the payout system, which now begins with a pair of jacks, from where the name of the game went – Jacks or Better (“Jacks or higher”). Players liked this approach, which significantly increased the popularity of this kind of video poker all over the world, including the post-Soviet space. And with the advent of online casinos, Jacks or Better began to play even more often, because it has become much more accessible.

Gradually, the game Jacks or Better became widely known, it has various variations. The best versions of this video poker have a very low mathematical advantage in the casino, which can be no more than half a percent. There are not many casino games with such a low advantage. Of course, for this you need to play according to the most effective strategy and eliminate mistakes.

Therefore, let us in an accessible form consider the basic principles of the strategy of playing video poker Jacks or Better. The most common situations in which the player finds himself after the distribution of cards to him will be discussed. We will not decipher the names of the combinations, assuming that they are known to all game lovers. If you do not know or have not yet remembered all the combinations of cards in poker, you can study them by reading the material on our website: combinations of cards in poker.

CARDS

YOUR ACTIONS

Royal Flush, Straight Flush

We leave all the cards

Four of kind

Leave four cards of the same value, change the remaining card

Full house

We leave all the cards

4 cards on Royal Flush

Leave the cards on Royal Flush, change the remaining card, even if for this you need to break the finished Flush

4 cards on Straight Flush

We leave the cards on the Straight Flush, change the remaining, even if for this you need to split a pair (ready Flush in this situation does not break)

Flush

We leave all the cards

Straight

We leave all the cards

Three of kind

Leave Three of Kind, change the remaining two cards

Two pairs

Leave Two Pairs, change the remaining card

KQJ or QJT of the same suit

We leave these cards, we change the remaining ones in the hope of getting Royal Flush or another combination

JJ or higher pair

Leave only a couple, change the rest

3 cards on Royal Flush out of order

We leave these cards, change the rest, even if for this you need to fold a low pair

4 cards on Flush

We leave these cards, change the remaining, even if for this you need to fold a low pair

KQJT of different suit

We leave these cards, change the remaining, even if it is T

Any low pair

We leave only this pair, change the rest of the cards

4 cards on Straight without a pair

We leave these four cards, change the remaining card

3 cards of the same suit in order without a pair

Leave these three cards, change the rest of the cards

QJ of the same suit without a pair and other options

Leave QJ, change the remaining three cards

AKQJ of various colors

We leave these cards, change the remaining card in the hope of catching a Strait or a high pair

2 cards older than T of the same suit

We leave only these two cards, we change the rest of the cards

3 cards on Straigt Flush out of order

We leave these cards, change the two remaining

JT of the same suit

We leave these cards, we change the remaining cards

QT of the same suit (if there are no other cards of this suit)

Leave these cards, change the remaining cards

One of the cards J, Q, K and four small various cards

We leave only this card, we change four small cards

Complete discord from small cards or with one A

We change all the cards without trying to assemble a Flush of three cards or Straight with a space

Remembering this whole table is not as difficult as it might seem at first glance. It is enough to deal with each combination sequentially, starting with the maximum and understand in which situation it is worth trying to collect them. Then you can proceed to consider cases with different pairs and various cards.

Following the guidelines outlined above will greatly enhance the quality of your Jacks or Better video poker game. Luck is important in any gambling game, but relying only on it is a very gross mistake, which cost significant amounts to most novice players. Do not be too lazy to carefully study all the nuances and success will not take long.