Video poker variations

Find the best house edge with our list of popular video poker variations.

There are several different versions of video poker, all of which come with extremely favourable odds for the player (even positive expectation by some estimates). See which variants present the best edge with our overview of video poker variants (along with pay-tables). All pay-outs are calculated according to betting five credits and assume ‘optimal’ play.

Jacks or Better

Also known as 9/6 Jacks or Better. This is the most common form of video poker and payoffs begin at a pair of Jacks.

Hand 1 Credit 2 Credits 3 Credits 4 Credits 5 Credits
Royal Flush 250 500 750 1000 4000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
Four of a Kind 25 50 75 100 125
Full House 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 6 12 18 24 30
Straight 4 8 12 16 20
Three of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two pair 2 4 6 8 10
Jacks or Better 1 2 3 4 5

House edge: 0.54%

Deuces Wild

In this game, all 2s (‘deuces’) are wild, changing their rank and suit to form better hands. This variant returns a higher return for ‘natural’ hands that contain no wild cards.

Hand Pay-out (multiple of bet)
Natural Royal Flush 800
Four deuces 200
Deuces Royal Flush 25
Five of a Kind 16
Straight Flush 13
Four of a Kind 4
Full House 3
Flush 2
Straight 2
Three of a kind 1

House edge: 1.1%

All American

This variant features higher pay-outs on flushes and straights and lower returns on full houses and pairs.

Hand Pay-out (multiple of bet)
Royal Flush 800
Straight Flush 200
Four of a Kind 34
Full House 8
Flush 8
Straight 8
Three of a Kind 3
Two Pair 1
Jacks or Better 1

House edge: 1.5%

Tens or Better

As you would expect, pay-outs start at a pair of 10s.

Hand Pay-out (multiple of bet)
Royal Flush 800
Straight Flush 50
Four of a Kind 25
Full House 6
Flush 5
Straight 4
Three of a Kind 3
Two Pair 2
Tens or Better 1

House edge: 0.9%

Joker Wild

This variant includes one Joker as a wild card. The lowest qualifying hand is a pair of Kings and, as with Deuces Wild, natural hands offer a better return.

Hand Pay-out (multiple of bet)
Natural Royal Flush 1000
Five of a Kind 200
Joker Royal Flush 100
Straight Flush 50
Four of a Kind 17
Full House 7
Flush 5
Straight 3
Three of a Kind 2
Two Pair 2
Kings or Better 1

House edge: 1.4%

Aces and Faces

This variant offers different pay-outs for four of a kind, depending on rank, with aces giving the best return.

Hand Pay-out (multiple of bet)
Royal Flush 800
Straight Flush 70
Four of a Kind (Aces & 8s) 80
Four of a Kind (Sevens) 50
Four of a Kind (Other) 20
Full House 8
Flush 5
Straight 4
Three of a Kind 3
Two Pair 2
Jacks or Better 1

House edge: 0.74%

Full and low pay video poker

Most online casinos offer full pay machines only, meaning that pay-outs are nine times your wager for a full house and six times for a flush. Low pay machines offer a lower return (8/5, where full houses and flushes return eight and five times your bet respectively are most common). This results in a higher house edge.

If possible, you should always aim for full paying machines with a better return. Any game with a lower return than those in the tables above would be considered ‘low-pay'. Be sure to check the pay-outs before hazarding any cash.

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