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Last Updated: June 28, 2016

8/6 Jacks or Better strategy


The following video poker strategy is for 8/6 Jacks or Better.

8/6 Jacks or Better

Hand Payoff
Royal Flush 800
Straight Flush 50
Four of a Kind 25
Full House 8
Flush 6
Straight 4
Three of a Kind 3
Two Pair 2
Jacks or Better 1

To use the strategy, look up all of the reasonable ways to play a hand, and choose the play that is highest on the list. While optimal strategy returns 98.3927%, the strategy presented below is the optimal "exceptionless" strategy, which returns 98.3917%.

  1. Full House or better
  2. 4 to a Royal Flush
  3. 3 of a Kind
  4. Flush
  5. Straight
  6. 2 pair
  7. 4 to a Straight Flush
  8. 1 pair: Js/Qs/Ks/As
  9. 3 to a Royal Flush
  10. 4 to a Flush
  11. 4 to a Straight: TJQK
  12. 1 pair: 2s thru 10s
  13. 4 to a Straight: 2345, 3456, 4567, 5678, 6789, 789T, 89TJ, 9TJQ
  14. 3 to a Straight Flush: 345, 456, 567, 678, 789, 89T, 89J/8TJ, 8JQ, 9TJ, 9TQ/9JQ, 9JK/9QK
  15. 4 to a Straight: JQKA
  16. 2 to a Royal Flush: JQ, JK/QK, JA/QA/KA
  17. 4 to a Straight: 9JQK, TJQA/TJKA/TQKA
  18. 3 to a Straight Flush: Ace-low, 234/235/245, 346/356, 457/467, 568/578, 679/689, 78T/79T, 78J/79J/7TJ, 89Q/8TQ, 9TK
  19. 3 to a Straight: JQK
  20. 2 to a Straight: JQ, QK
  21. 2 to a Royal Flush: TJ, TQ
  22. 2 to a Straight: JK, QA
  23. 2 to a Straight: JA, KA
  24. 2 to a Royal Flush: TK
  25. 1 high card: J/Q/K/A
  26. 3 to a Straight Flush: 236/246/256, 347/357/367, 458/468/478, 569/579/589, 67T/68T/69T
  27. Discard everything

Card Key

Card Abbreviations

Letter Card
T 10
J Jack
Q Queen
K King
A Ace

A "high card" is a Jack, Queen, King, or Ace.