Welcome! This site aims to help beginners become better video poker players. It's a video poker machine with special rules. It evaluates your ability to follow the strategy outlined by The Wizard of Odds on this page.

You can use the numbers 1,2,3,4,5 on your keyboard to hold cards, and enter will deal/draw/start a game depending on context.

Sound good? Then lets play:

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Classic Video Poker


Simple Strategy

Here are the rules of the Simple Strategy, you should hold:

  1. Four of a kind, straight flush, royal flush
  2. 4 to a royal flush
  3. Three of a kind, straight, flush, full house
  4. 4 to a straight flush
  5. Two pair
  6. High pair
  7. 3 to a royal flush
  8. 4 to a flush
  9. Low pair
  10. 4 to an outside straight
  11. 2 suited high cards
  12. 3 to a straight flush
  13. 2 unsuited high cards (if more than 2 then pick the lowest 2)
  14. Suited 10/J, 10/Q, or 10/K
  15. One high card
  16. Discard everything


High card: A jack, queen, king, or ace. These cards are retained more often because if paired up they return the original bet.

Outside straight: An open ended straight that can be completed at either end, such as the cards 7,8,9,10.

Inside straight: A straight with a missing inside card, such as the cards 6,7,9,10. In addition A,2,3,4 and J,Q,K,A also count as inside straights because they are at an extreme end.

Pay Table:

The pay table is called 9-6 Jacks or Better. The Simple Strategy has a calculated payout of 99.46%. You should be aware that this strategy does not apply to other pay tables.

Royal flush25050075010004000
Straight flush50100150200250
4 of a kind255075100125
Full house918273645
3 of a kind3691215
2 pair246810
Jacks or Better12345

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