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Jacks or Better by Playtech is a take on the traditional video poker game. The goal of the game is to form a winning poker hand over a series of two deals. Check the Jacks or Better strategy tips and rules to win more!


The default bet size is $1, but bet sizes range from $0.05 to $5, and you play up to five coins per line, which means that the maximum wager is $25. You can adjust the bet size by using the minus and plus buttons and adjust the coins per line using the Bet One button. The Bet Max button is a shortcut for those who want to play for $25. Players should note that the pay table does not scale evenly, and there is a significant advantage at the royal flush level of the five-coin column.

Special Features

All Playtech video poker machines have a gamble feature available on a winning hand. The player can opt to go double or nothing and can choose to risk all or half of the current winnings. Additionally, if the double attempt is successful, the player can try again and can continue doing so until the house limit is hit. The house limit is usually $2,000, but that amount can vary between casinos. Determining if a double was successful is a simple matter of choosing one of four cards in the hopes of getting a higher value than the one revealed card.

Graphics & Audio

The graphics are solid, and although Playtech shakes up the standard formula, it works well overall and may even be more attractive than the standard jacks or better machine by Microgaming. We like the theme of knights jousting. Music and sound effects are kept to a minimum but sound great nonetheless.


The jackpot is 5,000 on a royal flush with five coins in play. At a maximum wager of $25, the jackpot is worth $20,000. Players who want to play each hand for one dollar can walk away with $250.


A big reason that we prefer Jacks or Better to other video poker options is that we break even on a pair of jacks, and that is an advantage that should not be overlooked. Variants offer many different perks, but rarely do they make up for this benefit, and if you’re going to play Jacks or Better, then it may as well be Playtech’s.

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