Tens or Better Video Poker


Tens or better is a video poker variation where the lowest paying hand is a pair of Tens. Because of this advantage, payouts for flushes and full houses are reduced. Otherwise the payouts are the same as in Jacks or Better. Tens or better has slightly lower variance as there are more low paying hands.

Tens or Better Paytable

Royal Flush 800
Straight Flush 50
Four of a Kind 25
Full House 6
Flush 5
Straight 4
Three of a Kind 3
Two Pair 2
Tens or Better 1

Return percentage: 99.14%
Standard deviation: 4.42

TENS OR BETTER STRATEGY

Choose a play that is highest on the list.
Notice that high card = Ten – Ace

1 Four of a kind, straight flush, royal flush
2 4 to a royal flush
3 Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a kind
4 4 to a straight flush
5 Two pair
6 High pair (10-A)
7 3 to a royal flush
8 4 to a flush
9 4 to outside straight King/Queen/Jack high
10 Suited 9TJ
11 Low Pair (2-9)
12 4 to outside straight, other
13 3 to a straight flush with 1-2 gaps & 2 high cards / Suited 89T
14 Suited TJ, JQ, TQ
15 4 to straight, 4 high cards
16 3 to straight flush A) no gaps & no high cards (345 - 789) B) one gap, one high card
17 2 Suited high cards
18 4 to inside straight, 3 high cards
19 3 unsuited high cards, not ace
20 2 unsuited high cards, not ace
21 3 to straight flush A) 1 gap & no high cards, B) 2 gaps & one high card, C) Ace-Low
22 High card (10 - A)
23 3 to straight flush with 2 gaps & no high cards
24 Replace All cards


Definitions:
gap – missing rank between cards, for example 6,8,10 has two gaps
high card – Ten to Ace
inside straight – a straight which can be completed only one way (eg. 7,8,9,J or A,2,3,4)
outside straight – A straight which can be completed two-way (eg.7,8,9,10)
Ace-Low – A straight draw where Ace counts as the lowest card

Tens or Better Introduction Video