Help and Rules for Video Poker
Jacks or Better

The game of video poker is basically five-card draw poker played with a standard 52-card deck with no Joker.  The object of the game is to form the highest possible winning poker hand. All winning hands and their payoffs are listed on the machine and explained below. The deck is reshuffled after each hand.

Bets: Video poker is played with 25¢, 50¢ and $1 chips. You can choose any chip value by clicking the left mouse button on the preferred chip in the lower part of the screen. The selected chip is illuminated. To make your bet, click on the coin receiver slot on the lower right. You can click once, twice or three times, each click adding a new chip to your bet. The minimum bet is 25¢ (one click with the 25¢ chip selected). The maximum bet is $3 (three clicks with the $1 chip selected). Chips of different value cannot be mixed in the same wager.

How to play: To start the game, first make your bet, as explained above, then click on the "DEAL" button, which is activated once the bet is made. The machine deals you five cards. You will have a second round of cards and you form the final poker hand by keeping some of these first five cards and replacing the bad ones with new cards of the second "draw" round. To keep a card you click the mouse on the "HOLD" button below that card. A "Held" mark is visible under all the preserved cards. Then click on the "DRAW" button and all the unheld (discarded) cards are replaced by new ones and the final hand is formed. If you succeed making a winning hand, you will see the prize flashing on the screen, while hearing your winnings drop into the coin bucket, and your account is automatically increased by the amount of the prize.

Sound: The game is loaded in silent mode. To activate sound, click and depress the small button with a musical note located at the lower right of the screen. A second mouse click will release this button and return to silent mode.

Prizes: Prizes are paid in chips of the same value of the chips wagered. For the same hand, prizes increase accordingly with the number of chips betted. For example, a Royal Flush will win 250 chips of 25¢ value ($62.50) if the bet was one 25¢ chip, while the same hand would win 750 chips of 1$ value ($750) if the bet was 3 $1 chips.

Odds: There's an element of skill in video poker: Decisions of which cards to keep must be made which, unlike slot machines, will determine whether and how much you can win. The poker machines at the 4 Jacks Casino conform to the rules and payoff regulations found in Las Vegas and casinos around the world.

The winning poker hands are the following:

Hand Description
Royal Flush A hand containing an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten of the same suit.
Straight Flush A hand containing any five consecutive cards of the same suit (i.e. Eight, Nine, Ten, Jack and Queen of hearts).
Four of a Kind A hand with any four cards of the same value (i.e. four Jacks or four Fours, etc.).
Full House A hand containing both a "pair" and a "three of a kind".
Flush A hand containing any nonconsecutive five cards of the same suit. (i.e. Three, Four, Seven, Ten and Jack of clubs).
Straight A hand with any five consecutive cards.
Three of a Kind A hand with any three cards of the same value (i.e. three Sevens or three Eights, etc.).
Two Pairs A hand with any two pairs (i.e. two Jacks and two Fives etc.).
Jacks or Better A hand with a pair of Jacks, Queens, Kings or Aces.


Copyright (c) 1999 by Grixon Corp. Last revision: January 30, 1999.

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