JACKS OR BETTER STRATEGY hand rankings and pay-outs: The winning hands and pay-outs for J or B, from highest to lowest are:
Royal Flush - A, K, Q, J, and 10 of the same suit. It’s the highest-paying hand in poker and occurs, on average, once every 40,000 hands. Pays 4,000 or more coins when five coins are bet. Pays only 250 coins for each of 1 to 4 coins bet.
Straight Flush – Five consecutive cards in the same suit, for instance 8, 9, 10, J and Q. Pays 50 per coin bet.
Four of a Kind – A hand with four cards of the same value, such as four Nines. Pays 25 per coin bet.
Full House - Three cards of one value, and two cards of another value, like three Fives and two Kings. Pays 9 or 8 per coin bet.
Flush – Any five cards of the same suit, in no particular order. Pays 6 or 5 per coin bet.
Straight – Any five consecutive cards, such as J, 10, 9, 8 and 7, but not in the same suit. Pays 4 per coin bet.
Three of a Kind - Three cards of the same value, three Sevens for instance. Pays 3 per coin bet.
Two Pair – A hand containing two pairs, such as two Tens and two Aces. Pays 2 per coin bet.
Pair of Jacks or Better – A pair of Jacks, Queens, Kings or Aces makes up the lowest paying hand, (hence the name).
When playing J or B strategy, analyze every hand carefully, then select the first option on the list that applies to the hand you were dealt. Don’t rush – take your time, the machine will patiently wait for you to make your decision.
Hold all paying hands you’re dealt, except break up a lesser paying hand if you get four cards to a royal flush.
When you’re dealt non-paying hands, jacks or better strategy dictates you check for the following and hold accordingly:
Hold any four cards to a straight flush.
Hold any three cards to a royal flush.
Hold any four cards to a flush.
Hold any low pair (tens or lower).
Hold any four-card consecutive straight.
Hold any two high cards of the same suit.
Hold any three cards to a straight flush.
Hold J, Q, and K of different suites.
Hold any two high cards of different suites.
Hold J, Q or K with a Ten of the same suit.
Hold any single high card.
If you didn’t get dealt any of the above, draw five new cards.
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