Types of Bet
Before you begin a game of Jacks or Better Video Poker, it is important to be aware of the different types of bet you can place throughout the game. There are two types of bets in Jacks or Better:
This is a compulsory bet that must be placed at the start of a game. The value of the bet may be selected from any of the bet increments available. The initial bet will qualify for payout according to the pay table displayed.
You may also select between 1 and 5 units for each game. For example: if the bet is set to $1, then:
- bet one unit = $1
- bet two units = $2
- bet three units = $3
- bet four units = $4
- bet five (max) units = $5
If you have a qualifying hand, according to the pay table, you will have won and have the opportunity to collect or gamble your winnings. Should you wish to gamble your winnings, you may gamble "double or nothing" on the turn of a card. You have the opportunity to double up, up to four times (if you are successful each time).
How to Play
- To begin a game, a bet amount must be selected. The bet is compulsory and starts play. To select the bet amount, click on the green plus and minus keys at the bottom left of the screen.
Select the number of units to be played with the Bet One or Bet Max buttons; between one and five units may be selected. The unit is set to 1 by default. Each click of the Bet One button adds one unit (indicated in the green bet window) to the total bet. Click the Bet Max button to set the unit of bet to the maximum (5). Example: If $10 has been selected for the bet:
- bet one unit = $10 (default)
- bet two units = $20 (one press of Bet One button)
- bet three units = $30 (two presses of Bet One button)
- bet four units = $40 (three presses of Bet One button)
- bet five (max) units = $50 (four presses of Bet One button or one press of Bet Max button)
The paytable is split into 5 columns, one for each unit of bet selected. The column selected for play has a dark green background.
- Click on the Deal button to place your bet and turn over the first 5 cards.
- At this stage you should decide whether you wish to hold or discard each of the cards. The cards will be regarded as "to be discarded" unless they are selected by clicking the hold button under the card (click on the button again to deselect it if you wish). Once you have selected the cards you wish to hold, you are ready to proceed.
- Now click the Deal button for a second time. This will remove the cards you did not hold and provide you with substitute cards.
- The cards you have now are your final hand. Based on the strength of your hand, you will either qualify for a payout based on the paytable shown, or you will lose your bet and will be able to start another game.
- If your hand has qualified for a payout you are now able to bet that payout on the turn of a card, click the gamble button to proceed or select the collect button to collect your winnings and return to start another game.
- If you choose to play on, and 'double', one card will be drawn 'face up' and four further cards 'face down'. The object is to choose a card with a higher value than the card shown face up:
- Select one of the four cards face down by clicking on it and the dealer will deal the cards. If the card chosen is higher you will double your winnings. If the card drawn is lower you will lose your winnings and your bet. 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 able to gamble a win up to a maximum of four times.
- The player bets against the house dealer
- The player must place a bet to start the game
- The player's hand must have a qualifying set of cards to earn a payout
- The player has the option of doubling their winnings based on the turn of a card
- Bet payout on the bet is displayed on screen
Jacks or Better Video poker is played with a 52-card deck.
Winning or Losing the Game