Jacks+ (Jacks or Better) Version
Your VP education begins with a basic ‘plain vanilla’ VP machine pay schedule for Jacks or Better (Jacks+). Additionally, there is a detailed strategy chart later in this article. This version is the choice of newbie and veteran VP players alike.
Following is a full-pay 9/6 regular VP pay schedule for Jacks or Better:
Multiply by 5 for maximum coin play.
Pair--Jacks or Better returns the bet.
Two pair (2 PR) pays 2-1
Three-of-a-kind (3/kind) pays 3-1
(sequence, not same suit) pays 4-1
(non-sequential, same suit) pays 6-1
Full house (FH)
(3 of a kind and a pair) pays 9-1
Four-of-a-kind (quad) pays 25-1
Straight flush (SF)
(in sequence, same suit) pays 50-1
Royal flush (RF) pays 250-1
(except with max. coins, pays 4000.)
If you bet 5 coins, all winning hands are paid out multiplied by a factor of 5, except for the Royal Flush. This is a bonus amount designed as an incentive to play five coins.
On 8/5 Jacks+ machines, a full house pays 40 for a full house and only 25 for a flush. You may think that 5 coins doesn’t make that much difference, think again–you are now playing a short/partial pay machine.
Casinos place them on the floor, counting on the uneducated players not noticing the difference. You are looking at a distinct casino advantage with partial pay machines. Knowing which VP versions to play saves you about $7-17/hour. Choose carefully.
Strategy Tips: Never keep a kicker (an ace or high card) with a small pair. An inside straight is completed with one card only, (e.g., dealt--6, 7, 9, 10)--only the eight can produce a winning hand. This is a good bet to complete a straight flush or Royal.
An outside straight is completed with two possible cards, (e.g., dealt 6, 7, 8, 9)--a ten or five can produce a winning hand. This hand should be held for a possible win.
You will discard all five cards approximately 3% of the time in search of a better hand. A detailed Jacks+ Strategy Chart follows:
DRAW TO THE HAND HIGHER ON THE LIST
HIGH CARD IS A JACK OR BETTER.
|YOUR HAND ||# CARDS TO DRAW |
|ROYAL FLUSH ||0 |
|STRAIGHT FLUSH (SF) ||0 |
|4 OF A KIND ||0 |
|4-CARD ROYAL ||1 |
|FULL HOUSE ||0 |
|4-CARD STRAIGHT FLUSH ||1 |
|FLUSH ||0 |
|3 OF A KIND || 2 |
|STRAIGHT ||0 |
|2 PAIR ||1 |
|HIGH PAIR ||3 |
|3-CARD ROYAL FLUSH || 2 |
|4-CARD FLUSH ||1 |
|LOW PAIR || 3 |
|OUTSIDE 4-CARD STRAIGHT ||1 |
|INSIDE 4-(no high cards) ||5|
|3-CARD STRAIGHT FLUSH ||2 |
|2-CARD ROYAL, NO 10 ||3 |
|3 HIGH CARDS (JACKS +) ||2|
|2 HIGH CARDS (JACKS +) ||3|
|NONE OF THE ABOVE ||5|
Strategy Tips above are for Jacks+ 9/6 version only. Bonus, Double Bonus and Triple Bonus Jacks+ require specific strategies for different pay tables.
Until we meet again, may all your VP choices turn out to be ‘royalty’.
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