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Jacks or Better

The object of Jacks or Better is to obtain a five-card poker hand that contains a winning combination (see the paytable on the machine). The better your hand, the bigger the payout. You choose how many and which of your cards are to be replaced. You may replace your cards only once.

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To play the game

· Choose the value of the coins you wish to wager each round, by clicking on the + and – buttons on the leftof the screen.

· Click Bet One or Bet Max to select the number of coins you wish to wager. Each click on the Bet One button increases your bet by the value of the coin you selected. Pressing Bet Max increases your bet to the maximum amount possible – that is five coins – and deals the cards automatically. You can also click the appropriate column on the winnings table to specify your bet size.

· Click Deal (if you did not press Bet Max).

· Choose which cards you wish to keep by pressing the Hold button underneath the card, or by clicking on the card itself.

· Click Deal to replace the cards that you did not choose to hold.

· If you do not obtain a winning combination, the round is over and you can start over. If you do obtain a winning combination, see the next section.

· The lowest winning combination is a pair of Jacks: a pair of any lower cards (for example, Tens) is not a winning combination; a pair of any higher cards (for example, Queens) is a winning combination.

Doubling

If you end up with a winning hand, you can accept the win (press Collect), or you have the option to Double it. Should you choose to Double, the dealer draws an open card and you are given 4 unexposed cards to choose between. If you choose a card that is lower than the dealer's, you lose your original win. If the cards are equal, it is a tie, and you have the option to collect your original winnings (press Collect) or Double again. If your card is higher, you win double the amount of your original winnings. You then have the option to collect your winnings or Double even further.

You can also choose to Half Double, which means you only double for a half of your winning amount with the remainder being awarded to your account balance. You cannot Double or Half Double, if your winning amount exceeds $2000.

You can move the Double window (if enabled from the Options section) by dragging it with the mouse. Doubling is a separate game round, and can be viewed as such in the Game History. During doubling the Bet meter displays the amount wagered for doubling: the full or half of the previous round’s win amount. The Win meter displays the win amount of the current round.

Buttons

Bet Max Bet all five coins with one click and deal cards automatically.
Bet One Bet one to five coins (click one to five times). Click Deal to receive your cards after that.
Deal Deal your cards and replaces the remaining cards after you have selected which cards to hold.
Hold Select the cards you want to keep or release it if it is already held. You can also click on the card itself to hold it or release it. During doubling opens the card of your choice.
Paytable Click this button to see the paytable. Click it again, to make the paytable disappear.
Chat You cannot use the chat feature to chat with other players, since this is a single player game. However, you can answer the casino administration, in case they start a dialogue.
History See the game history - dates, bets and results of your previous game rounds.
Help Open the help file (which you are reading right now).
Options Open the Options dialog box – see the Options section of this help file.
Cashier This button appears only in Real Money mode. Click it to go to the Cashier. The Cashier enables you to deposit or withdraw money, view your transaction history, etc.
Play For Real Money This button appears only in Fun Mode. Clicking this will take you to the Real Money mode account creation page. If you already have a Real Money mode account, it will take you to the Real Money mode Login screen.
Lobby Press this to exit the game and go back to the lobby. You can’t exit in the middle of a game round.

Paytable
The paytable shows the win amounts for $1 coins. Multiply the number in the paytable with your coin value. Number of coins increases from left to right: if you are betting one coin use the leftmost column, if you are betting two coins use the second column from the left, etc. The rightmost column shows win amounts for Max Bet (five coins).

Shortcut keys
If you wish, you can press the following keys on your keyboard instead of clicking on the buttons on the screen.

Press this key
To do this
TAB
Tabs between the buttons on the screen.
ENTER
Selects the button that is currently highlighted.
SPACEBAR
Places your previous bet and deals the cards.
Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Number keys hold cards. Number 1 holds the first card from the left; number 2 holds the second card from the left; etc.
ESC
Exits the game.

Note on large wins: Winning amounts of $10,000 or more are considered to be large wins. Games involving large wins are verified by a live operator.

Note on disconnections: If you are disconnected from the Internet in the middle of a game while playing for Real Money, re-establish your Internet connection and log back into the casino. You will be automatically directed to the game that was interrupted so you can continue playing.

 

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