How To Play

Jacks or Better Multi-Hand

The object of Jacks or Better Multi-Hand is to obtain a five-card poker hand that contains a winning combination. It differs from original Jacks or Better, since the player can choose the number of hands to play with. Each hand uses its own deck of cards.

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:

  • Select the number of hands you wish to play with from the dropdown list in the upper left corner of the screen. Please note that you can change the number of hands only at the beginning of a hand. If you are playing with 50 or more hands the top leftmost hand will be a duplicate of the main hand.
  • Choose the value of the coins you wish to bet each round, by clicking on the + and – buttons in the lower left area of the screen.
  • Click Bet or Bet Max to select the number of coins you wish to bet per hand. Each click on the Bet button adds another coin to the bet per hand. Clicking Bet Max increases your bet to the maximum – that is, five coins per hand – and deals the cards automatically. You can also click the appropriate column on the paytable to specify the number of coins per hand. 
    The bet size you choose is per one hand. Your total bet in a game round is equal to the single bet times the chosen number of hands. The total bet amount is shown in the lower right area of the screen.
  • The minimum and maximum bets apply per game round and are shown in the Min Bet and Max Bet fields on the Paytable screen. Min Bet shows the value of the bet when betting a single coin of the smallest value. Max Bet shows the value of the bet when betting five coins of the biggest value.
  • Click Deal.
  • Choose which cards you wish to keep by pressing the Hold button underneath the card, or by clicking on the card itself. Held cards are used across all hands. The game has an auto-hold feature where cards that make up a winning hand on the original deal are automatically held.
  • Click Draw 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 (click the Paytable button to see it, click again to close it).
  • If you are playing with ten or more hands, clicking on a single hand opens an enlarged view of the hand.
  • If you have winning hands on multiple hands, your winnings are added up and by clickingGamble you can double up the total win of the game round.
  • 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 (clickCollect) 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.

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. Clicking thePaytable button opens the panel where you can see the limits.


If you play with one hand only, the paytable is displayed by default and cannot be closed. If multiple hands are being played, the player can open and close the paytable via Paytablebutton. Clicking the Paytable button in the upper right corner of the screen the paytable opens and 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).

Dynamic Paytable

The winnings of the current game round are displayed in the dynamic paytable in the lower left corner of the screen. The dynamic paytable is color coded with a different color representing each winning combination. Each winning hand is colored respectively. If you have selected more than one hand to play with the dynamic paytable also shows the number of hands that have reached each winning combination. A badge with the respective number will pop up next to the relevant combination. When clicking on the badge the accumulated winnings per combination is displayed.

Return to Player

The theoretical percentage return to player (RTP) is 97.30% when playing with maximum number of coins and 96.06% with less than maximum number of coins.


Bet Max

Bet five coins and deal the cards automatically.


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


Deal a new hand.


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.


Open the paytable. Click the button again to close the paytable.

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)


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

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.