Jacks or Better

Call yourself a diehard poker fan? Then chances are you’ve bluffed and raised your way to huge fortunes. Whether you like to play games online for fun, live in Vegas for money, or with your buddies in a winner-take-all tourney, you can’t get enough poker.

And while bluffing a hand and snagging a pot is fun, there’s nothing better than a good old-fashioned showdown where the better hand takes the pot.

That’s the basis of Jacks or Better, an online video poker game that pits you against the dealer in an edge-of-your seat, head-to-head battle of 5-Card Draw Poker.

It’s easy to play Jacks or Better. Just set your bet and ask for your cards. We’ll deal you five of them and throw another five cards the dealer’s way. Beat the dealer holding a pair of jacks or anything better and you’ll win the pot. You’ll also have the option of facing off against the dealer in a special bonus round where you could double your money!

How to Play Jacks or Better

Jacks or Better is just like 5-Card Draw Poker. The only difference is that you need at least a pair of Jacks to win. And, of course, it’s just you vs. the dealer. It’s also important to note that there’s no raising, no bluffing, and no folding. This video poker variation is a heads-up showdown—every time.

To play, just hit the Bet One or Bet Max button to either bet one credit or bet the maximum number off credits permitted. Once you’ve locked in your bet, click Draw Deal to grab your cards.

Once you’ve received your cards, you have the option of tossing some away. Go for it, but think wisely before you toss blindly. Remember, the goal is to win with Jacks or better, so tossing away the wrong cards could put you in a tough spot if you don’t get the cards you’re after.

How to Win

  • Royal Flush: The best hand in poker, it’s made up of a 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace, all of the same suit
  • Straight Flush: It’s like a Royal Flush, but without the high Ace. So, in a nutshell, any five consecutive cards of the same suit makes up a Straight Flush.
  • Four of a Kind: From Four Twos to Four Aces, the Four of a Kind is almost unbeatable (unless the dealer is holding a Straight Flush or Royal Flush).
  • Full House: Hold three of a kind and two of a kind in the same hand, and you’ve got a Full House.
  • Flush: Your cards might seem completely random, but if the suits of all five cards match, you’ve got a flush.
  • Straight: Hold any five consecutive cards, without matching suits, and you’ve hit a Straight.
  • Three of a Kind: It might seem like you’re just one card shy of hitting a Four of a Kind, but those three identical cards count for something.
  • Two Pair: If you’ve got two 2-of-a kinds, you’ve got Two Pair.
  • Two Jacks or better: It’s the lowest winnable hand in Jacks or Better, but you’d be surprised how often this hand takes it.

Double or Nothing



The winning doesn’t stop the moment the pot is pushed your way. Each time you beat the dealer, you’ll be asked if you want to go for Double or Nothing. If you say yes, we’ll deal one card to you and one to the dealer. High card takes it!

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