Information and Game Rules
Jacks or Better multihand Video Poker is based on the traditional video poker game. You can play with up to 20 poker hands rather than the standard single hand. The objective of the game is to attain a winning 5-card Poker hand, with each hand constituting an independent, separate win.
You have the opportunity to double-up your winnings in a special gamble feature by correctly selecting a higher value card than the face up card.
- Your winnings will be credited to your account immediately.
- You will lose your bet amount for each losing hand.
Jacks or Better will always play a one-hand game unless you intervene. Note that when you place a bet on Jacks or Better your bet amount is accepted on a PER HAND basis. The more hands you have selected the greater the amount you need to bet. For example, if you have 10 hands selected and you bet $1, the overall bet amount will be $10. Use the Hands Button (+/-) to reduce/increase the number of hands you will play in the forthcoming game of Jacks or Better.
Placing a Bet
You must place a bet before a game of Jacks or Better can be played. Once the number of hands you want to play have been selected it is time to decide how much money to bet on each of them. Remember that bets are accepted on a per hand basis. To increase, or decrease, the amount you are going to bet on each hand, click the plus (+) or minus (-) buttons in the Bet box. The total bet amount for your forthcoming Jacks or Better game will be Bet multiplied by the number of hands you have chosen to play. For example, if you select $2 in the Bet box and you decide to play 20 hands then the total amount that will be bet on the next game will be $40. This is shown in the Total Bet box.
Dealing and General Play
Jacks or Better plays with a main hand and however many other hands you have selected. For example, if you are playing a three-hand game there will be a main hand (displayed above the Deal Button) and two additional hands displayed above the main hand. The main hand is bigger than other hands and is always the hand you play with. Whatever actions are applied to the main hand are ALWAYS duplicated on other hands.
The game uses one deck per hand which is reshuffled after each game.
Click the Deal Button to confirm your bet and turn over the first five cards.
At this point you need to decide whether to hold or discard cards in the main hand. To hold a card click on it. When you have clicked on all the cards you want to hold click the Deal Button again. Note, this will automatically discard any cards not held and these cards are replaced automatically in ALL hands. To "unhold" a card, click it again.
The cards you now have are your final hands. These may qualify for a payout based on the paytable shown to the right of the cards. If they don't you lose your bet money. The winnings from all of your hands (if any) are added together to make a total win amount for the game. If you are entitled to a cash prize the Collect Button will blink. Click the Collect Button to automatically add the win amount to your account balance.
The Gamble Feature
If you entitled to a cash prize after playing Jacks or Better you are given the option of gambling your winnings on a special 'double your money' feature game. This means that you will be given the chance to double your winnings. However, it also means there is a chance all your winnings will be lost. If you are entitled to a cash prize the Gamble Button will blink. Click the Gamble Button if you would like to play the 'double your money' feature game.
The 'double your money' feature game displays five cards. One will be face-up, the others will be face-down. The object of the game is to choose a face-down card that you think has a higher value than the displayed face-up card. When you have made your choice click on a face-down card, which then turns over and reveals its value. If the card you have chosen has a higher value your prize money is doubled and a new game of Jacks or Better begins. Note: If the resulting card is of the same value as the face up card – the winning card will be determined by suit: spades (high/top), clubs, hearts, diamonds - lowest/bottom). You are then invited to click the Deal Button again.
Note: You are only permitted to use the gamble feature four times per session.
If you lose the gamble game at any stage, you win nothing. All original winnings will be lost.