Practice makes perfect! Play our free Jacks or Better video poker game below and become a Jacks or Better pro. This free game is a full-pay machine, which is also available at Realtime Gaming online casinos like Club World, which offer the same exact Jacks or Better game for real money. Whether you are just learning how to play or seeking to learn perfect strategy, our free Jacks or Better video poker game is the perfect tool help you master this fun game.
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For the free Jacks or Better video poker game above, one to five coins can be wagered per hand at values of $0.05, $0.25, $0.50, $1 or $5, which gives a minimum bet of $0.05 and maximum bet of $25 per hand.
Coin Amount – Click the left and right arrows of the wager amount box located to the right of the cards.
Bet One Button – Click this button to change the number of coins wagered (1-5). Each click will highlight the corresponding pay table.
Bet Max Button - Click this button to bet all five coins based on the coin denomination selected.
*Click over the top of cards you wish to hold
*Click the DEAL button after making all hold selections
Free Jacks or Better Video Poker
Jacks or Better Video poker has long been one of the most popular video poker games. Not only is it a relatively easy game to learn, of all the video poker varieties, it has the potential of delivering the lowest House Edge.
With perfect strategy, the Edge can be as little as 99.5%, which means that for every $100 wagered, the player is expected to win back $99.50. Needless to say, standard deviation will put the player much higher and lower than this figure during the course of playing, and so knowing when to quit, i.e. after a large winning hand, is key to walking away a winner.
Without perfect strategy, assuming a player at least knows their poker hands, Jacks or Better will generally return approximately 95%. From the mouth of “The Wizard of Odds” himself, “It is critical to do some homework on video poker to learn proper strategy”. Put said strategy to use by practicing our free Jacks or Better video poker game.
Jacks or Better Pay Structure
An important consideration when choosing a Jacks or Better video poker game to wager real money at is its pay structure. There are many variants of Jacks or Better and video poker games in general, each with its own pay table. The best Jacks or Better odds are delivered from what is commonly referred to as “Full-pay” machines. As mentioned, the pay table structure shown above for our free Jacks or Better game is full-pay, as it offers 9 to 1 odds for a Full House and 6 to 1 odds for a Flush. A partial-pay machine will offer 8 to 1 for a Full House and 5 to 1 for a Full Flush, but with bonus rounds that full-pay machines do not. When all is tallied up, the partial pay machine will deliver an average theoretical return of 99.2% when played with perfect strategy (compared to 99.5%).
Jacks or Better Basic Strategy Tips
Wager the Most Coins - The more coins wagered, the better the odds. A single coin wagered with perfect strategy, for example, will give an average theoretical return of 98.3% while five coins will deliver 99.5%.
High Hands – Always hold a Four of a Kind, Straight Flush or Royal Flush
4 Card Holds – Hold all 4 cards of a Straight, Flush, Full House, Straight Flush, 4-of-a-Kind or Royal Flush. Also hold High Card Pairs (Jacks, Queens, Kings, Aces)
3 Card Holds – Hold all 3 cards of a Royal Flush and 3 Cards of an Inside Straight composed of High Cards (Jack to Ace)