NetEnt's Jacks or Better video poker is an online video poker game released sometime in 2014. It is played by a single player and the player cold choose 1, 5, 10 or 25 hands. It also features different coin values and 5 bet levels. See where in Canada you can play this game, click .


How old is Video Poker?

Video Poker has come a long way since 1891 when Sittman & Pitt invented their clunky poker machine in New York but it wasn't until about 1970 when Dale Electronics built a proper video poker machine, the “Poker-Matic". To find top NetEnt casinos offering Video Poker Jacks or Better and other NetEnt games, see the confusing .

It is a very simple game to play but unlike a video slot game, the player actually has a say in his result. Video Poker's Jacks or Better game category is named after the game's lowest paying winning hand that the player needs to get, which is a pair of jacks or better.

How do you play Video Poker Jacks or Better?

Also known as Draw Poker, the Jacks or Better rules are similar to five-card draw poker. You select your wager from 1 to 5, when hitting deal, the game deals you 5 cards and you decide which to keep and which to draw on. Your final hand decides your result. The better your hand, the more the payout.

NetEnt's Video Poker Jacks or Better game features an RTP of 99.56% which is among the highest of the video pokers available in the online casino. The game also has a double up feature which becomes available to to play after each of the player's winning hands. The player can opt to play this or continue to the next hand.

How does double up work?

The gamble or double up feature in NetEnt's Jacks or Better video poker game is available after every winning hand. You can opt to partake in this or ignore it. The game deals 5 cards, the first face up and the rest face down. Then you choose a face down cards that you think will trump the face up card.

The double up feature adds more excitement to your game and your $100 can instantly become $200. However, you need to take a sober look at this feature as it increases the game's variance. You can win more money quickly but you'll lose just as fast as half of all your double ups will lose you your original bet.

Some terms used in Jacks or Better

You can learn some terms to apply to your playing strategy when playing NetEnt's Video Poker Jacks or Better game. A 'high card' is a face card or an ace. Keep these as a pair returns your original bet. An 'outside straight' is a potential straight that can be completed at either end.

An 'inside straight' will have a missing middle card. The ace can play two roles here, it can precede a 2 to take the value of 1 or it can rank after the king for a value of 14. A 'penalty card' is one of those useful but collateral damage cards that you just need to discard.

Summarising Jacks or Better Video Poker.

NetEnt's video poker game, Jacks or Better is one of the more popular variants and is the original video poker game which played correctly, can provide you with hours of entertainment. The game works like any poker game where you have to build the best possible poker hand and has a gamble or double up feature built in.

You win if your hand consists of a minimum of a pair of jacks, hence the game's name. NetEnt provides this game to all their casino partners. Besides the single hand version of the game, there are also multi-hand versions available where the game play is the same but you have more chances of winning.