Jacks or Better

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Also known as Jackpots

Statistics

Variant of
Five Card Draw
Type
Draw
Cards
5
Max Players
6
Betting Rounds
2
Max Cards Seen
9
Wild Cards
0
Source
Public Domain

Rules

  1. Deal five cards face down to each player.
  2. Normal betting round, with the player to the left of the dealer opening, you must have a pair of jacks or better to open.
  3. If no one opened in the previous round of betting, redeal.
  4. Each player may draw up to three cards (four if they show an ace).
  5. Normal betting round, with the player to the left of the dealer opening.
  6. Showdown, high hand wins.

Variants

Acepots
Five down; Lead bet, aces to open; If no one opens, redeal; Draw three, four with an ace; Lead bet; Showdown
Four Flush
Five down; Lead bet, four flush or jacks to open; If no one opens, redeal; Draw three, four with an ace; Lead bet; Showdown
High Back to Low
Five down; Lead bet, jacks to open; If no one opens, forced open; Draw three, four with an ace; Lead bet; Lowball if no one could open.
Jacks Once Around
Five down; Lead bet, jacks to open; If no one opens, redeal; After one deal per player, restriction is dropped; Draw three, four with an ace; Lead bet; Showdown
Jacks or Better Trips to Win
Five down; Lead bet, jacks to open; If no one opens, redeal; Draw three, four with an ace; Lead bet; Showdown; Trips to win
Jacks Progressive
Five down; Lead bet, jacks to open; If no one opens, redeal and increse the hand restriction; Draw three, four with an ace; Lead bet; Showdown
Jacks Regressive
Five down; Lead bet, jacks to open; If no one opens, redeal and decrease the hand restriction; Draw three, four with an ace; Lead bet; Showdown
Joker's Wild
Add a joker to the deck; Five down; Lead bet, jacks to open; If no one opens, redeal; Draw three, four with an ace; Lead bet; Showdown; Joker's wild
Kingpots
Five down; Lead bet, kings to open; If no one opens, redeal; Draw three, four with an ace; Lead bet; Showdown
Queenpots
Five down; Lead bet, queens to open; If no one opens, redeal; Draw three, four with an ace; Lead bet; Showdown