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Aces and Eights Video Poker

Aces and Eights Video Poker

Video Poker is now available in so many more varieties than it used to be, this article takes you through the rules and strategy for Aces and Eights.

In this article, we will explain the following. You may click on any of the links below to bring you to that point in the article.

 

Aces and Eights Rules

There may be many variations of Video Poker, but the basics are pretty much the same in each version including Aces and Eights.

When playing Aces and Eights Video Poker you need to choose your stake – this is normally done by selecting the value of a coin and then how many coins (up to 5) you bet with.

After this, there will be a Deal button which will give you 5 cards from a standard 52 card deck. Some variations give you less to start and some use more than one deck or extra cards, not Aces and Eights though.

There is one standard 52-card deck in play and you receive 5 cards.

You then need to choose how many to discard – this can be 0 if you have a great hand or all 5 if you don’t.

Once the cards you have discarded have been replaced, your hand is paid out according to the pay table.

For Ace and Eights, the minimum need for a payout is a Pair of Jacks or better (it is a very similar game to the Jacks or Better version of Video Poker).

You need to know the basic poker hand ranks before you start – these will be the same for all versions of Video Poker and can be found elsewhere on this site.

Aces and Eights Video Poker
The above is an example of a standard online Aces and Eights Video Poker game.

You will see the look and feel is very similar to many other versions.

The main difference, which we go over below, is the increased payouts for 4 of a Kind Aces and 8’s – hence the name – and to a slightly lesser extent, 4 of a Kind 7’s.

Like many versions of Video Poker, there are also enhanced payouts when playing with 5 coins.

We would always recommend playing with 5 coins whenever your budget allows if necessary drop down the value of the coin to compensate.

As an example, if you wish to play €1 a game, you can do so by choosing the coin value as €1.00 and playing one coin. However, a much better option would be to play with the coin value as €0.20 and playing with five coins.
 

Paytables

This is the main area where variations of Video Poker can differ, it is important to check this before you choose which version is the one for you.

Paytables can differ from casino to casino as well, even for the same version of Video Poker. For that reason we suggest you shop around just in case the Royal Flush comes in – there is nothing worse than winning it then realizing you could have won 20% more elsewhere. Well, except for not winning it at all that is…

Winning Hand1 Coin2 Coins3 Coins4 Coins5 Coins
Royal Flush2505007501,0004,000
Straight Flush50100150200250
4 of a Kind A or 880160240320400
4 of a Kind 750100150200250
4 of a Kind others255075100125
Full House816243240
Flush510152025
Straight48121620
3 of a Kind3691215
2 Pair246810
Jacks or Better12345

 
The payouts above are shown in coins, to get the monetary value depending on your stake, simply multiply the number of coins by the value of the coin you are playing with.

You will see that the order of hands in the table above is ranked normally from Royal Flush down to Jacks or Better. This is for ease of use as we are sure most of our readers will be used to viewing it this way.

However, you may also notice that 4 of a Kind 8’s or Aces payout more than a Straight Flush, and that 4 of a Kind 7’s paying out the same as a Straight Flush.

That is the main difference between Aces and Eights Video Poker and Jacks and Better Video Poker.

It does mean that the optimal strategy is slightly different though, so check the table below for details especially if you are used to playing Jacks or Better.

You will also notice the huge jump in winnings for a Royal Flush with 5 coins and one with 4 coins.

As we mentioned above and will continue to mention, this is the reason it is better to play with 5 coins whenever possible.

Aces and Eights Strategy

The aim of any strategy is to decrease the house edge the casino has over the player to give you the best possible chance of walking away from a session ahead.

When you are dealt your cards, take a look at the table below from top to bottom.

When you find the hand that applies to yours, take the action shown.

Remember, the extra payout for 4 of a Kind Aces or 8’s change the strategy significantly, especially when you have a Straight Flush draw but also 2 or more Aces.

HandAction
Royal FlushHold all
Straight FlushHold All
Full HouseHold All
FlushHold All
StraightHold All
4 cards to a Royal FlushDiscard other 1 card
4 of a KindHold All or Discard other 1 card
4 cards to a Straight FlushDiscard other 1 card
2 PairDiscard other 1 card
4 cards to a FlushDiscard other 1 card
4 cards to a Straight with 3 High CardsDiscard other 1 card
4 cards to an Open Ended StraightDiscard other 1 card
3 of a KindDiscard other 2 cards
3 cards to a Royal FlushDiscard other 2 cards
3 cards to a Straight FlushDiscard other 2 cards
3 cards to a Straight with 3 high cardsDiscard other 2 cards
1 PairDiscard other 3 cards
2 cards to a Royal FlushDiscard other 3 cards
2 high cardsDiscard other 3 cards
1 high cardDiscard other 4 cards
Anything elseDiscard all 5 cards

 

Terminology:

 
High Card – Jack, Queen, King or Ace
 
Open Ended Straight – Consecutive cards to a Straight with no gaps
 

Conclusion

The rise of the internet have seen many changes over the years, one of the main ones is the effect it has had on the gambling industry.

There are now literally thousands of places to play casino games – including many variations of Video Poker – all from the comfort of your own home. Or someone else’s home. Or your car, or the beach or the Dr’s office for that matter.

Wherever you happen to be, if you have a device with an internet connection, you can bet on games such as Aces and Eights Video Poker.

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