to our free video poker game page. Click on the Jacks or Better screenshot image
to the right or click here to start playing
now. It allows unlimited play for free and also comes with its own built in chat
- so you can chat with other gamers in real time while you have fun. Dont delay,
use it to practice your jacks or better strategy. This, in turn, will increase
the likely amount of money you could win on from the casinos.
The following describes the wizard
of odds' "simple strategy" for jacks or better video
poker. Using the strategy on a full pay machine will result in an expected return
of 99.46%. Compared to the optimal strategy return of 99.54%, mistakes in the
simple strategy will cost 0.08%, or one total bet every 1178 hands.
To use the strategy on our free video poker game, look up all viable ways to
play an initial hand on the following list, and then elect that which is highest
on the list. A "high card" means a jack or higher.
1. Full house or better
2. 4 to a royal flush
3. Straight, three of a kind, or flush
4. 4 to a straight flush
5. Two pair
6. High pair
7. 3 to a royal flush
8. 4 to a flush
9. Low pair
10. 4 to an outside straight
11. 2 suited high cards
12. 3 to a straight flush
13. 2 unsuited high cards (if more than 2 pick then pick lowest 2)
14. Suited 10/J, 10/Q, or 10/K
15. One high card
16. Discard everything
High card: A jack, queen, king, or ace. These cards are retained more
often because if paired up they return the original bet.
Outside straight: An open ended straight that can be completed at either
end, such as the cards 7,8,9,10.
Inside straight: A straight with a missing inside card, such as the cards
6,7,9,10. In addition A,2,3,4 and J,Q,K,A also count as inside straights because
they are at an extreme end.
Example: Suppose you run across the following hand while playing our
free video poker game:
The top three plays are (1) keep the low pair, (2) keep the 4 to a flush, and
(3) keep the 2 suited high cards. The 4 to a flush is listed highest and is
thus the best play, so discard the 3 of hearts.