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A variation of video poker called Jacks or Better is supposed to be the first in this row of games. Its appearance dates back to the early seventies of the last century. However despite its age, Jacks or Better is still popular. It is also considered to be the best version for the first acquaintance with video poker games. The point is that this game does not have any intricacies in its rules and can be easily mastered.

At the dawn of video poker slot machines payouts were made for two pairs and better, and players' chances of winning were so low that the majority of fans of gambling games refused to play it. So, manufacturers changed their policy. Initially, the probability of winning was significantly increased. Then the principle of crediting payouts was updated. Payouts were provided for a pair of jacks and better. This rule gave a title to Jacks or Better video poker. Such an approach was appreciated by gamblers. It greatly increased the popularity of this video poker game all over the world. The appearance of online casinos made Jacks or Better more popular and accessible.

Jacks or Better has gradually become widely known. Many variations of this game have appeared. The best versions of this video poker have a very low house edge, which can be less than half a percent. There are a few casino games with such a low house advantage. To be sure, you should follow the most effective strategy and exclude mistakes.

So, let's discuss in an accessible form the basic principles of the strategy for Jacks or Better video poker. The most common situations that are observed as soon as the cards are dealt will be discussed in this article.

Dealt cards Players' actions
Royal flush, straight flush Hold all cards
Four of a kind Keep four cards of one rank and draw one left card
Full house Keep all cards
Four cards to a royal flush Hold cards to a royal flush and draw one left card even if it is necessary to split a flush
Four cards to a straight flush Hold cards to a straight flush and draw one left card even if it is necessary to split a pair (a flush is not split)
Flush Hold all cards
Straight Hold all cards
Three of a kind Keep a three of a kind and draw two other cards
Two pairs Keep two pairs and draw one card
KQJ or QJT suited Keep these cards and draw two others, hoping to collect a royal flush or the other hand
JJ or a higher pair Hold only a pair and draw other cards
Three to a royal flush not in sequence Hold these cards and draw the remainder even if it is necessary to exchange a low pair
Four to a flush Keep these cards and draw the other cards even if it is necessary to exchange a low pair
KQJT unsuited Keep these cards and draw one left card even if it is T
Any low pair Hold only a pair and draw the remainder
Four to a straight without a pair Hold these four cards and draw one card
Three suited cards in sequence without a pair Hold these three cards and draw two others
QJ suited without a pair and other variants Keep QJ and draw three cards
AKQJ unsuited Hold these cards and draw one left card, trying to collect a straight or high pair
Two suited cards that are higher than T Keep only these two cards and draw the remainder
Three cards to a straight flush not in sequence Keep these cards, drawing two others
JT suited Keep these cards, drawing three others
QT suited (if there are no other cards of this suit) Keep these cards, drawing other cards
One card from J,Q,K and four low-ranking different cards Hold only one card and draw four low-ranking cards
Different low-ranking cards without high cards or with an ace Draw all cards without trying to collect a three-card flush or inside straight

It is not as difficult as it might seem at first glance to memorize this table. It is enough to understand the rank of all hands, starting with the highest-ranking ones, and find out when to collect them. Then you can proceed to the consideration of cases with different pairs and various cards.

If you follow the principles mentioned above, you will significantly improve your achievements in Jacks or Better video poker. Luck is important in any game of chance, but this is a very serious mistake to count on it. This error may cost considerable amounts to most novice gamblers. Take the time to carefully study all details and success will come soon.

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