How to Play
Jacks or Better Poker
Introduction and History
As casino games go, poker is one of the newer ones.
Its ultimate ancestor is believed to
have been the Persian game As Nas. A similar game in
England in the eighteenth century was known as Brag and as
Commerce in France. In Germany the game was called Pochen,
meaning "to bluff" which the French in turn
called Poque and the Americans eventually called Poker.
Played in America by the rough and
tough men of the Wild West for sometimes very high stakes,
the game has seen many variations and strains that have
popularized the game. Aces and Faces Video Poker is one of
these many variations.
Rules and Payouts
The game you are currently playing follows the standard
rules of the game "Jacks or Better." The
computer uses a 52-card deck that is reshuffled after each
hand. The table below sets out the Payouts (in coins) for
the winning hands. A similar table is also found above the
cards on the game screen. The winning hands are paid out
based on the number of coins that have been bet. The total
amount won will depend on the number of coins bet and the
value of each coin.
|4 of a Kind
|3 of a Kind
|Jacks or Better
The Poker Hands
The following combinations make up the standard poker
hands and will be used in calculating the winnings of the
player in this particular game.
Royal Flush Is the highest hand in
Poker and consists of the A K Q J 10 of the same suit.
Straight Flush Is a combination of
five sequential cards of the same suit (e.g. 7 8 9 10 J of
Four of a Kind A combination of four
cards with the same value (e.g. four 10's or four Jacks).
Full House A combination of three
cards of one value and two cards of another value (e.g. K
K K 9 9 or A A Q Q Q).
Flush Five cards of the same suit
without similar value or in any order (e.g. 5 J 7 Q K of
Straight Five cards in sequence of
any suit( e.g. 6 7 8 9 10 or 8 9 10 J Q).
Three of a Kind Three cards of the
same value (e.g. K K K 3 6 or 5 5 5 K 9).
Two Pairs Two different pairs (e.g.
J J 4 4 6 or A A Q Q K).
Jacks or Better Two face cards of
the same value or any or the above combinations
(e.g. 7 7 J J K or K K A 3 J).
Playing the Game
Once you have placed your bet, press the Deal button. Five
cards will be presented onto the screen.
To hold a card click on the card
surface, the word �Hold� will appear above the card.
To clear the Hold simply click on the card again.
Once you are satisfied with the
cards you are holding, press the Draw button. All cards
that are not held will be sucked back off screen and new
cards will be blown out to replace them.
The outcome of the game will be
decided on these final cards. Payments will be made to
your account balance accordingly.
If you wish, you can choose the �doubling� option on
the options menu. (It is on by default.)
The doubling option gives you a
chance to further increase your winnings! After completing
a winning hand, you will be given the chance to double the
payout made to you or to collect your winnings. A
�double� and �collect winnings� button will appear
below the cards. To collect your winnings, press the
�collect winnings� button. The game will then be
finished and you will have a chance to play again. If you
want to try and win even more, press the �double�
When you press the �double�
button, the cards will be sucked back into the chutes and
a further 5 cards will be presented. The first card (on
the extreme left) is the dealers and will be exposed. The
remaining four cards will be face down. Select one of the
these cards by clicking on it or pressing the �select�
button. The four cards will flip over with the card you
chose having a solid gold �halo� above it. If your
chosen card is of a lesser value, you lose and will not
receive any payout. A tie results if your chosen card is
of an equal rank; you will have a chance to collect your
original winnings or try again. If the your chosen card
has a higher value than the dealer�s card, you win an
amount double that of your original payout. You will then
be given another chance to further double your payout or
collect your winnings.
Each doubling action gives you the
chance to double the current value of the payout at the
risk of having no payout at all should you lose. You will
not be given the option of doubling if your current payout
exceeds 2000 credits.
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