Aces and Eights

Aces and Eights is a video poker game where getting four aces or four eights is especially profitable. Aces and Eights is played with a standard 52 card deck, without any wild cards. No extra aces or eights are added to the deck. Aces / Eights are not wild.

Aces and EightsThere are several different types of Aces & Eights video poker machines available, so it is important to check the rules and the paytable for the specific machine you are interested in betting on.

Below, you will find a frequently used paytable for Aces & Eights. As you can see, the lowest paying poker hand is a pair of jacks. This paytable belongs to a so called Full Pay Aces and Eights video poker machine, which means that the RTP exceeds 100% for 5 coin bets.

You can bet 1 coin, 2 coins, 3 coins, 4 coins or 5 coins on most Aces and Eights video poker machines, but for reasons of simplicity we are only showing the pay for 1 coin bets and 5 coin bets here.

Paytable for Full Pay Aces and Eights video poker

Hand

1 coin bet

5 coin bet

A Royal Straight Flush where all five cards appear on the screeen in the right order

10 000

50 000

Any other Royal Straight Flush

250

4 000

Four of a Kind in Aces

80

400

Four of a Kind in Eights

80

400

Straight Flush

50

250

Four of a Kind in Sevens

50

250

Any other Four of a Kind

25

125

Full Hous

8

40

Flush

5

25

Straight

4

20

Three of a Kind

3

15

Two Pair

2

10

Pair of Jacks or Better

1

5

RTP

99,02%

100,25%

Aces & Eights trivia

In the poker world, a combination of aces and eights is known as dead man’s hand – especially if the aces and eights are all black. According to legend, Wild Bill Hickok was holding black aces and eights when he was shot in the head and died. He was playing five card draw at the Nuttal & Manns’ Saloon No. 10 i Deadwood, Dakota Terriotory and was sitting with his back against the door. Hickok hated sitting with his back against the door and had repeatedly asked to switch places at the table, but to no avail.

Even though the aces and eights part of this story has never been confirmed, it is true that James Butler Hickok – better known as Wild Bill – was shot in the back of the head at close range by former buffalo hunter John “Crooked Nose Jack” McCall during a poker game at the Nuttal & Mann’s Saloon No. 10 on August 2, 1876. McCall, who had lost money in a poker game at the saloon the previous day, used a .45 caliber revolver. After fatally injuring Hickok, the bullet emerged through Hickok’s right cheek and hit another player, Captain Massie, in the left wrist.

Basic strategy for Aces and Eights video poker

Applying basic Jacks or Better strategy to Aces and Eights video poker is not recommended. It is true that both games have pair of jacks as the lowest paying hand, but there are several important differences between the paytables that must be taken into account when deciding which cards to discard and which cards to hold on to.

The list below outlines a basic (not necessarily optimal) strategy for Aces and Eights video poker. The higher a card/hand is ranked, the better it is to keep it instead of discarding it / breaking it up.

Example: Four cards of a Straight Flush is ranked 3 while a pair is ranked 6. If your start hand contains four cards of a Straight Flush and a complete pair at the same time, you should break up the pair and keep the four cards of the Straight Flush. The list is based both on the payout of the various poker hands and the statistical chance of completing the incomplete hands.

Hand Rank
Aces 1
Eights 1
4 cards of a Royal Straight Flush 2
4 cards of a Straight Flush 3
3 cards of a Royal Straight Flush 4
4 cards of a Flush 5
Pair 6
4 cards of a Straight 7
3 cards of a Straight Flush 8
2 cards of a Royal Straight Flush 9
2 cards that are jack or higher 10
1 card that is jack or higher 11