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Online Casino Games - Rules Explained

Jacks or Better Multi-Hand

Go for a pair of jacks

The aim of playing Jacks or Better Multi-Hand is to get the best possible five-card poker hand. Unlike online blackjack and other card games, you are not playing against the dealer or anyone else. You will earn a payout award if you have a Pair of Jacks or better in your hand.

The better the hand, the bigger the payout award.

You can play up to 100 hands in Jacks or Better Multi-Hand Poker.

How to Play:

  • Choose the number of hands you wish to play from the menu on the top left of the screen. You can play 1, 4, 10, 25, 50 or 100 hands.
  • Set the coin value by using the +/- buttons on the bottom of the screen.
  • Press Bet to add a coin to the Bet Per Hand. You can bet up to five coins on each hand.

Note: Total Bet = Number of Hands x Bet Per Hand.

Note: The Payouts on the left of the screen will increase as you add coins to the Bet Per Hand.

  • Press Deal or Bet Max when you are ready to play. Pressing Deal will play the game with the current bet. Pressing Bet Max will deal the cards with five coins placed on the Bet Per Hand.

Five cards are dealt initially. Choose which cards to hold by pressing the Hold buttons underneath each card. Cards will be held across all the hands you have selected to play.

Note: Pressing Hold again will deselect a card.

  • Press Draw to deal the final cards. Each hand will be dealt different cards, which are added to the ones that you initially held.

Note: Any hands containing a Pair of Jacks or better will be highlighted on screen. The payout awards are accumulated and displayed as a total win.

Note: A winning round will activate the Gamble Feature, which is explained in a section below.

Paytable:

The payouts for winning hands are shown on the left of the screen. To calculate the value of a winning hand, multiply the figure by the coin value.

After a round, winning hands will be highlighted on the Paytable. You can hover your cursor over the Paytable to see the award for that specific hand.

Note: The Paytable will change for each number of coins that you bet on each hand.

The full Paytable, showing payouts for all possible coin bets, can be accessed via the button on the top right of the screen.

Gamble Feature:

When a round ends, you can select Deal to play again or Gamble. Selecting Gamble will launch the Gamble Feature, which lets you try to double up your winnings.

A new screen will be launched when you select Gamble. It features five cards face down. The leftmost card is the dealer’s card. You will be given the following options:

  • Double = reveal the dealer’s card and play the Gamble Feature.
  • Collect = bank your winnings and exit the Gamble Feature.

If you press Double, the dealer will reveal their card. You must select one of the other four cards, with the aim of revealing a higher card than the dealer’s card.

  • A correct guess will double your winnings.
  • An incorrect guess will forfeit your winnings and end the feature.
  • A card of the same value will result in a tie. Your winnings are returned and you can Double again or Collect.

If successful, you can continue to double up until the maximum double limit has been reached. This information is displayed on the Game Feature screen.

Pressing Collect or guessing incorrectly will end the Gamble Feature.

Please note:

  • An Ace is the highest card in the Gamble Feature.
  • You cannot Collect when the dealer has revealed their card.

Return to Player:

The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) for Jacks or Better Multi-Hand video poker is 97.30% when playing with five coins and 96.06% when playing 1-4 coins.

Buttons:

The following buttons appear on screen:

Hands – opens the menu to choose the number of hands played per round.

Paytable – opens the Paytable screen, which shows all possible payouts for the game.

+/- coin value – sets the value of the coin.

Bet – adds another coin to the Bet Per Hand.

Deal – starts the game/deals the cards.

Draw (replaces Deal) – deals the second round of cards.

Bet Max – deals the cards with the maximum of five coins placed on the Bet Per Hand.

Gamble – launches the Gamble Feature.

Shortcut Keys:

If you wish, you can play the game using your keyboard in the following ways:

Tab – moves across and highlights the game buttons.

Enter – selects the button that is currently highlighted (like clicking on it).

Numbers 1-5 – holds/deselects the cards for the next draw. 1 corresponds to the leftmost card, 2 to the second from the left and so on.

Esc – exits the game and returns to the main menu.

Casino Toolbar:

The Casino Toolbar runs along the upper and lower edges of the screen. It contains the following buttons and displays:

Game Balance – shows your current available balance to play online casino games.

Cashier – press to open the main banking menu. You can use the Cashier for deposits and withdrawals.

Play for Real Money – click to play Jacks or Better Multi-Hand poker for real money at William Hill Casino. This button is only active on the Toolbar when you are playing in Fun Mode.

Menu – select to access the following tools and help options:

  • History – view results of recent games.
  • Options – change settings, including audio and graphics.
  • Help – open this help document.
  • Online Support – access online customer support.

Close – click to close the game tab and return to the main menu.

Quick Deposit – use this tool to make quick deposits without opening the Cashier. The Quick Deposit Menu may appear in a pop up window (once only each session) if your balance is running low.

Gadget Bar – the Gadget Bar will appear on the right of the screen when at least one gadget is enabled. You can use it to play casino mini games, or check out the latest bonus offers and promos at William Hill.

Note on Disconnections:

If you lose internet connection in the middle of a round, you will be redirected back to the game when you log into the casino to continue playing from where you left off.

If you lose internet connection in the Gamble Feature and the dealer has revealed their card, you will be redirected back to the feature when you log into the casino to continue playing from where you left off.

If you lose internet connection in the Gamble Feature and the dealer has not revealed their card, your winnings will be automatically collected.

Note on Malfunctions:

A game malfunction will void all bets, with the stake returned to the player.

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Online blackjack

To win at online blackjack, you need a higher number than the dealer without exceeding 21. You are dealt two cards and can ask for another card as many times as you want before you reach 21.

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