Video poker strategy for 9/6 Jacks or Better

jacks or betterThe strategy below is for classical 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker, where you are paid 9 coins for Full House and 6 coins for Flush (on a one coin bet).

You use the table by starting at the top and checking of the first row accurately describes your starter hand. If not, you go down to the second row, and so on, until you find a row that accurately describes your starter hand. Please note that it is possible to have a starter hand that is accurately described by more than one row. You should always checking the table from the top, and pick the first accurate description of your starter hand.

Hand

Action

Royal Flush

Keep all five cards

Straight Flush

Keep all five cards

Four of a kind

Keep the four cards, discard the fifth

4 cards of a Royal Straight Flush

Keep the four cards, discard the fifth

Full House

Keep all five cards

Flush

Keep all five cards

Three of a Kind

Keep the three cards, discard the other two

Straight

Keep all five cards

4 cards of a Straight Flush

Keep the four cards, discard the fifth

Two Pair

Keep the four cards (the two pairs), discard the fifth card

High Pair

(Pair of Jacks or Pair of Queens or Pair of Kings or Pair of Aces)

Keep the pair, discard the other three cards

3 cards of a Royal Straight Flush

Keep the three cards, discard the other two cards

4 cards of a Flush

Keep the four cards, discard the fifth

King + Queen + Jack + Ten

(not of one single suit)

Keep the four cards, discard the fifth

Low Pair

(Pair of tens or lower)

Keep the pair, discard the other three cards

4 cards of an open straight where at least one card in the straight is jack or higher

Keep the four cards, discard the fifth

3 cards of a Straight Flush where the number of high cards (jacks or higher) in the straight are greater than the number of holes in the straight

Keep the three cards, discard the other two cards

King + Queen of the same suit

Keep the K + Q, discard the other three cards

4 cards of a closed straight, where all of these four cards are high cards (jack or higher)

Keep the four cards, discard the fifth

King + Queen of the same suit

or

King + Jack or the same suit

Keep the K + Q / K + J, discard the other three cards

Ace + King of the same suit

or

Ace + Queen of the same suit

or

Ace + Jack of the same suit

Keep the A + K / A + Q / A + J, discard the other three cards

4 cards of a closed straight, where three of those cards are high cards (jack or higher)

Keep the four cards, discard the fifth

3 cards of the Straight Flush with one high card (jack or higher) or an ace that counts as 1 or the three cards being 2 + 3 + 4

Keep the three cards, discard the other two

King + Queen + Jack

(not of a single suit)

Keep the K + Q + J, discard the other two cards

Queen + Jack of different suits

Keep the Q + J, discard the other three cards

Jack + Ten of the same suit

Keep the J + T, discard the other three cards

King + Queen of different suits

or

King + Jack of different suits

Keep the K + Q / K + J, discard the other three cards

Queen + Ten of the same suit

Keep the Q + T, discard the other three cards

Ace + King of different suits

or

Ace + Queen of different suits

or

Ace + Jack of different suits

Keep the A + K / A + Q / A + J, discard the other three cards

Jack + Ten of the same suit

Keep the J + T, discard the other three cards

Ace

Keep the A, discard the other four cards

King

Keep the K, discard the other four cards

Queen

Keep the Q, discard the other four cards

Jack

Keep the J, discard the other four cards

3 cards of a Straight Flush with two holes and none of the three cards are higher than a ten

Keep the three cards, discard the other two cards

All other hands

Discard all five cards