Jacks or Better Video Poker



  1. Video poker is a casino game based on five-card draw poker. It is played on a computerized console similar in size to a slot machine.

    History


    Video poker first became commercially viable when it became economical to combine a television-like monitor with a solid state central processing unit. The earliest models appeared at the same time as the first personal computers were produced, in the mid-1970s, although they were primitive by today's standards.

    Video poker became more firmly established when SIRCOMA, which stood for Si Redd's Coin Machines, and which evolved over time to become International Game Technology, introduced Draw Poker in 1979. Throughout the 1980s, video poker became increasingly popular in casinos, as people found the devices less intimidating than playing table games. Today video poker enjoys a prominent place on the gaming floors of many casinos. The game is especially popular with Las Vegas locals, who tend to patronize locals casinosoff the Las Vegas Strip. These local casinos often offer lower denomination machines or better odds, although this was more common in the 1990s as casinos across the country have recently been cutting their paytables and/or only offering 25 cent machines or higher.

    The game

    After inserting money (or a barcoded paper ticket with credit) into the machine, play begins by placing a bet of one or more credits and pressing the deal button. The player is then given cards and has the opportunity to discard one or more of them in exchange for new ones drawn from the same virtual deck. After the draw, the machine pays out if the hand or hands played match one of the winning combinations, which are posted in the pay table.

    Pay tables allocate the payouts for hands and are based on how rare they are, the game variation, and the decision of the game operator. A typical pay table starts with a minimum hand of a pair of jacks, which pays even money. All the other hand combinations in video poker are the same as in table poker, including such hands as two pair, three of a kind, straight (a sequence of 5 cards of different suits), flush (any 5 cards of the same suit), full house (a pair and a three of a kind), four of a kind (four cards of the same value), straight flush (5 consecutive cards of the same suit) and royal flush (a Ten, a Jack, a Queen, a King and an Ace of the same suit).

    Some machines offer progressive jackpots, or other unique bonuses, thereby spurring players to both play more coins and to play more frequently.


  2. Jacks or Better Video Poker


    Jacks or Better Video Poker
    "Jacks or Better Video Poker" is the most common variation of online video poker strategy game available. Payoffs begin at a pair of jacks or better. Full pay Jacks or Better is also known as 9/6 Jacks or Better; the 9 refers to the payoff for a full house and the 6 refers to the payoff for a flush. Full pay Jacks or Better has a theoretical return of 99.54% when played with perfect gambling strategy.


    Hand 1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5 credits
    Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 4000*
    Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
    Four of a kind 25 50 75 100 125
    Full House 9 18 27 36 45
    Flush 6 12 18 24 30
    Straight 4 8 12 16 20
    Three of a Kind 3 6 9 12 15
    Two Pair 2 4 6 8 10
    Jacks or Better 1 2 3 4 5
    Theoretical Return 98.05% 98.05% 98.05% 98.05% 99.54%*


    *Notice the gap between the payoff for a Royal Flush played with 4 credits vs. one with 5 credits. The payoff schedule for most video poker machines has a gap like this, such that players who do not play with the maximum number of credits at a time are playing with a smaller theoretical return.