How to Play

4-Line Jacks or Better

The object of 4-Line Jacks or Better is to obtain a five-card poker hand that contains a winning combination. It differs from original Jacks or Better, since it has four lines of cards. Each line uses a different deck of cards. Each line is treated as a separate hand for the determination of any wins.

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.

After each round, used cards are returned to the decks and the decks are shuffled.

To play the game:

  • Choose the value of the coins you wish to wager each round, by clicking on the + and – buttons on the lower left of the screen.
  • Click Bet One or Bet Max to select the number of coins you wish to bet per line. Each click on the Bet One button adds another coin to the bet per line. Clicking Bet Max increases your bet to the maximum – that is, five coins per line – and deals the cards automatically. You can also click the appropriate column on the paytable to specify the number of coins per line.
    The bet size you choose is per one line. Since there are four lines of cards, four times the single line bet amount is subtracted from your account balance. Your total bet amount is shown on the Bet screen in the lower right corner of the window.
  • Click Deal.
  • Choose which cards you wish to keep by clicking on the card. Held cards are used across all four lines of cards. The game has an auto-hold feature where cards that make up a winning hand on the original deal are automatically held.
  • Click Deal to replace the cards that you did not choose to hold. After the cards have been replaced, your cards are checked for any winning combinations, described in the paytable.
  • If you have winning hands on multiple lines, your winnings are added up.

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.


If you end up with a winning hand, you can accept the win (click Collect), or Double it. Should you choose to Double, the dealer draws a face up card and you are given 4 face-down cards to choose from. If you choose a card that turns out to be 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 (click Collect) or Double again. If your card is higher, you win double your original win amount. You then have the option to collect your winnings or Double again.

You can also choose to Double Half, which means you only double using half of your current winning amount, and deposit the rest into your balance. If your current winning amount cannot be evenly divided by two, it is split into two as equally as possible and the smaller half can be used for double up while the larger half is deposited to your balance. Double Half To shows the amount you would win, including the amount deposited into your balance.

You can move the Double window (if enabled in the Options) 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 screen displays the amount wagered for doubling. The Win screen displays the win amount for the current round.

You can double up until your current winning amount exceeds the Double Up limit or the maximum number of double up rounds have been reached. Ties and Double Half do not count towards the double up round limit. Clicking the Limits button opens the panel where you can see the limits of the current double up rounds.

You can double up only if your win amount does not exceed the Double Up Limit.


Bet Max

Bet five coins per line and deal the cards automatically.

Bet One

Bet one coin or increase the bet by one coin (up to a total of five) per line. Click Deal to receive your cards after that.


Deal a new hand, or replace cards that you didn’t hold with new ones.


Select the cards you want to keep. Click the button again to release a card. Cards can also be held or released by clicking on them directly.
When doubling, use these buttons to choose the card you want to play.

The lower edge of the game window holds the casino toolbar. It contains the following:

  • Your account balance is displayed in white font in the bottom left corner of the game screen. This is the money you can use to play the casino games.
  • Deposit

Clicking this button opens the deposit window, where you can make deposits.

  • Play for Real Money

This button appears only in Fun or Offline Mode. Clicking it will take you to the Real Money account creation page. If you already have a Real Money account, it will take you to the Play for Real Money login screen.

  • Menu

Some popular functions are united under the Menu.

Clicking History (unavailable in Offline mode) will open the game history window, where you can see the details of recent game rounds.

Options allows you to change audio quality and various gameplay settings, and Help opens the help article that you are reading right now.

  • Exit

Clicking this button closes the game window and takes you back to the Lobby.

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


Highlight the next button on the screen.


Select the button that is currently highlighted (equal to clicking on it)


Place the same bet as last round and deal the cards.

Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Hold cards. Number 1 holds the first card from the left; number 2 holds the second card from the left; etc.


Note on malfunctions: A malfunction voids all pays and plays.

Note on disconnections:

  • If you are disconnected from the Internet during a base game while playing for Real Money, please 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.
  • If you are disconnected from the Internet during a double-up round after you have chosen to Double or Double Half in that round, then you will be automatically directed back to double-up when you log back into the casino. If you are disconnected from the Internet between double-up rounds, your winnings are collected and added to your balance.

Hand Rankings

Video Poker Hands

In Video Poker card values in increasing order are: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A

Jacks or Better - a pair of Jacks or cards of higher value. The cards have to be of equal value, e.g. Q, Q.

Two Pair - two separate pairs of equal value cards, e.g. 10, 10, K, K

Three of a Kind - three cards of the same value, e.g. 8, 8, 8.

Straight - Five cards consecutive in value, but not in the same suit, e.g. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. If the cards are in the same suit as well, it is a Straight Flush (see below).

Flush - Any five cards in the same suit, but not consecutive in value, e.g. 4 of Diamonds, 8 of Diamonds, 9 of Diamonds, J of Diamonds, K of Diamonds.

Full House - a combination of a Three of a Kind and a pair, e.g. 8, 8, 8, J, J.

Four of a Kind - four cards equal in value, e.g. 5, 5, 5, 5.

Straight Flush - five cards consecutive in value and in the same suit, e.g. 5 of Clubs, 6 of Clubs, 7 of Clubs, 8 of Clubs, 9 of Clubs.

Royal Flush - Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 all in the same suit.

Pay Table


The paytable shows the payouts for the winning combinations. To find the win amounts, multiply the payout shown in the paytable by the value of the selected coin. 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).