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In Video Poker winning hands are paid in multiples of the coins bet, with the exception of the royal flush, which can be a larger, set amount or part of a progressive jackpot.

There are approximately 2.6 million five-card hands possible in a 52-card deck. The actual frequency for winning hands, following a deal and draw, are shown in the table below:

High pair (Jacks, Queens, 
Kings and Aces)
43 out of every 200 hands
Two pair 13 out of every 100 hands
Three of a kind 1 out of every 13 hands
Straight 1 out of every 90 hands
Flush 1 out of every 92 hands
Full house 1 out of every 97 hands
Four of a kind 1 out of every 423 hands
Straight flush 1 out of every 9,610 hands
Royal flush 1 out of every 40,120 hands

Rules and Strategy for Video Poker (Jacks or Better):

* Control a predetermined bankroll and satisfied with a 60-80 percent take over your initial investment. For Example set aside $100 and lose it, quit; if you can get back $160 or more, leave a winner.
* Play only if you can make the maximum bet. If you only have 2 coins left, you're better off holding on to them until you can find three more for a five-coin play.

The best deal (pre-draw) are shown at the top of the lists in descending order. If none of the pre-draw are in the table, draw a full new hand.

Royal Flush
Straight Flush
Four of a Kind
Any 4 Cards to a Royal Flush
Full House
Flush
Three of a Kind
Straight
4 Card Straight Flush
Two Pairs
4 Card Inside Straight Flush
Pair of Jack or Higher
Any 3 Cards to a Royal Flush
4 Cards Flush
4 Card Straight with 3 High Cards
Low Pair
4 Card Straight with 1 or 2 High Cards
3 Card Inside Straight Flush with 2 High Cards
3 Card Straight Flush with 1 High Card
4 Card Straight with No High Cards
3 Card Double Inside Straight Flush with 2 High Cards
3 Cards Inside Straight Flush with 1 High Cards
3 Cards Straight Flush with No High Cards 
2 High Cards in the Same Suit with no Ace
Ace and 3 Other Cards to a High End Straight
Ace and 1 Other High Card in the Same Suit
3 Card Double Inside Straight Flush with 1 High Card
4 Card Inside Straight with 3 High Cards
3 Cards Inside Straight Flush with No High Cards
3 High Cards with No Ace
2 High Cards
Ten and 1 High Card in the Same Suit with No Ace
1 High Card
3 Card Double Inside Straight Flush with no High Cards

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