Jacks or Better

Among the most popular of the video poker variations, Jacks or Better, is among the most basic variations of video poker that you can play, and is by far the most played version of the game worldwide All you need is a Jacks or better in your hand to receive a payout.

  • Object of Game: (How to WIN)

    • Discard the fifth card when you have four cards to a Royal Flush, even if that card gives the player a Pair or a Flush.
    • Keep a High Pair, a Straight, and four to a Flush whenever you have two cards to a Royal Flush.
    • Do not break up a made Flush or a Straight unless when you need only one card to make a Royal Flush.
    • Always keep a High Pair over four to a Flush and four to a Straight.
    • Do not break up a Full House, Three of a Kind, Four of a Kind, or Two Pair.
    • Keep a High Pair unless you have four cards to a Straight Flush or four cards to a Royal Flush.
    • Keep a Low Pair over three cards to a Straight Flush or four cards to a Straight.
    • If not dealt any of the above hands, basic strategy will advise discarding all cards and draw five new cards.
  • Rules for Jacks or Better Video Poker: 

    The rules for Jacks or Better video poker are almost the same as 'five-card draw'. The difference is that there is no 'raising or bluffing' and there are no other players. Just make a single bet at the beginning and your goal is to have a hand that includes a pair of jacks or better at the end.

    • select a number of chips you want to wager.
    • After being dealt 5 cards, decide which to keep and which to discard.
    • The dealer will deal replacement cards. Your final hand decides whether you win or lose, and how much.
    • The better the hand, the higher the payout, so know the value of the cards!


  • The 'Hands' in Jacks or Better:

    • High: Any card that is a Jack or higher.(Ace, King, Queen, and Jack)
    • Low:  Cards that are lower in value than a Jack.  ( Number cards 2-10)
    • Royal Flush: Five sequential cards of matching suit starting with 10 and ending with Ace. (The highest payout)
    • Straight Flush:  Five sequential cards of similar suit up to 10. (i.e. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).
    • Four of a Kind: Four cards of the same number. (four Kings or four 3s)
    • Full House:  Three of a kind plus a pair. (i.e. three 6s and two Kings)
    • Flush: Five cards of the same suit. 
    • Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same number. (three 6s or three Jacks)
    • Straight: Refers to five cards in sequential order but not necessarily of the same suit.


Known by other names as well, it is a game of 3 or more players, with the goal of getting rid of all the cards in their hands, to become the 'president' of the round. The loser is called the a-hole or the scrum. Considered one of the most popular drinking games, it is enjoyed by millions of players throughout the world.

  • The goal of the game is to be the first to getting rid of all the cards, to become the 'president' of the round. It is a high Aces game, though the '2' cards are wild.

  • Rules of President Card Game:

    • The game is for 3-8 players.
    • The game is organized into 'tricks'. These tricks can be arranged by each player with more than one card. Suit is not taken into account in this game.
    • The game is played clockwise from the dealer (left of dealer plays first in the first round).
    • The first round of the game  begins with whoever has the 3 of diamonds, since there is no president, or winner from a previous round.
    • Start by leading any single card or any set of cards of equal rank (i.e. three fours). Each player in turn must then either play face up a card or set of cards, which beats the previous play, or pass on their turn (i.e. not play any cards).
    • Any higher single card beats a single card. A set of cards can only be beaten by a higher set containing the same number of cards (if the previous player played two fives this can be beat with with two kings, or two sixes, but not with a single king, and not with three eights.
    • It isn't necessary to beat the previous play - passing is always allowed, that way accruing the cards you need to win in the long term. 
    • The game continues around the table as many times as necessary, until someone makes a play which everyone else passes. When this happens, all the cards that are face up and played on the table, are turned face down and put to one side. The player who played last (and highest) to the previous "trick" starts again by leading with any card or set of cards.
    • The first player who is out of cards is awarded the highest social rank - President. The last player to be left with cards is known as the A-hole.
  • These are the ranks at the end of each round. The game can be played with up to 8 players (with a single deck). Only the top and bottom ranks are given.

    President - the winner of the previous round.
    Vice-President - 2nd place.
    Vice A-hole - next to last place.
    A-hole - last place in the previous round.