Video poker strategy

Beat the house edge with our guide to basic video poker strategy.

Video poker is one of the few casino games where it is possible to beat the house edge. This page will introduce you to basic strategy for full-pay video poker variants (with and without wilds) via a series of hand charts, helping you get an edge over the casino with mathematically ‘perfect’ play. Credit to Michael Shackleford (AKA ‘The Wizard of Odds’) for these systems. If you need some help with the terminology, check out our poker glossary here.

Without wilds (e.g. Jacks or Better)

The following are the best plays, in order of absolute best to absolute worst (‘high’ card indicates a pair of Jacks or better).

1 Dealt Royal Flush
2 Dealt Straight Flush
3 Dealt Four of a Kind
4 Four to Royal Flush
5 Dealt Full House
6 Dealt Flush
7 Three of a Kind
8 Dealt Straight
9 Four to Straight Flush
10 Two Pair
11 High Pair
12 Three to Royal Flush
13 Four to a Flush
14 Unsuited K/Q/J/10
15 Low Pair
16 Four to an outside straight with 0-2 high cards
17 Three to a Straight Flush
18 Suited Q/J
19 Four to an inside straight, four high cards
20 Suited K/Q or K/J
21 Suited A/K, A/Q, Q/J
22 Four to an inside straight, three high cards
23 Three to a straight flush
24 Unsuited K/Q/J
25 Unsuited Q/J
26 Suited J/10
27 Two unsuited high cards, kings highest
28 Suited Q/10
29 Two unsuited high cards, ace highest
30 J only
31 Suited K/10
32 Q Only
33 K Only
34 A Only
35 Discard anything else

Pay-out: 99.54%

With wilds (e.g. Deuces Wild)

In the list below, a natural denotes a hand that uses no wild cards.

1 Natural Royal Flush
2 Four to a Royal Flush
3 Straight Flush
4 Four of a kind
5 Full House
6 Three of a Kind
7 Straight/Flush
8 Four to an outside straight flush
9 Suited Q/J/10
10 Four to an inside straight flush
11 Three to a royal flush, except Q/J/10
12 Pair
13 Two Pair
14 Four to a Flush
15 Four to an outside straight
16 Three to a straight flush, spread 3-4, suited
17 Two to a royal flush, jack highest
18 Three to a straight flush, spread five and suited
19 Four to an inside straight, except missing deuce
20 Two to a royal flush, queen highest
21 Two to a royal flush, king highest, no penalty cards
22 Discard anything else

Pay-out: 100.76%

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