Published on April 21, 2003, 3:31 am EST

Jacks or Better - Video Poker - Game logoJacks or Better .. you talk to video poker lovers, and more often than not, this is their favorite version of video poker.

The premise of the game is simple: if you get a pair of Jacks or better, than you get your money back. So, for instance, if you bet $2, and get a pair of queens, then you will receive your $2 back. However, other combinations of cards can offer higher payouts, all the way up to the royal flush, which can offer up to 500 times your original bet back in winnings, or sometimes, the progressive jackpot, which can total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

If you bet $2 and get a pair of queens, you will receive your bet back. Two pairs, and you will get $4 back from the machine. Three of a kind, and you will win $6. A straight, and you'll win $8. A flush and a full house pay roughly 6-7 times your original bet, depending on the casino. You get a four of a kind, and your original $2 bet will turn into $50. A straight flush, and we're talking about a $100 payoff.

Video poker players like Jacks or Better for its simplicity.


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