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Tens or Better

Tens or Better is a Video Poker game which is a modified version of Jacks or Better. The modifications to the standard Jacks or Better game are that the minimum qualifying hand is now Tens or Better while Full House and Flush hands have a reduced payout.

For ease of comparison, the below table displays the best House Edge for Tens or Better available at each software provider;

Software 5 coins House Edge
Amaya 0.86%
Betsoft 0.86%
Bwin/Party 1.59%*
Cryptologic 0.86%
Dragonfish 1.49%**
GameSys 0.01%
IGT 1.53%
Microgaming 0.86%
Playtech 2.04%
RealTime Gaming 0.86%
Rival 0.86%
Vuetec 3.93%
Wager21 (-6.74%) – (-1.44%)***

* We don’t recommend playing with any casino using Bwin/Party software due to increased risk of player issues.

* We don’t recommend playing with any casino using Dragonfish (888) software due to increased risk of player issues.

*It is highly likely that Wager21 software does not operate in a random fashion and as such the figures included in this article while accurate for a fair game are likely inaccurate.

Online we’ve found Tens or Better Video Poker at casinos using Microgaming, Playtech, Cryptologic, Rival, BetSoft, Bwin/Party, Vuetec, Wager21 and Wager Gaming Solutions software. The paytables we’ve seen are displayed below;

Some notes on the tables below;

- We’ve included both the 5 coin House Edge and the House Edge when playing 1-4 coins. Usually the House Edge for 1-4 coins are the same and as such only one figure is listed. To find the house edge/paytable for 2-4 coins just multiple the 1 coin figure by the number of coins. Where the paytables differ by coins you’ll find four figures running from 1 coin on the left to 4 coins on the right.

Amaya

Amaya 5 coins 1-4 coins
Royal Flush 4000 250
Straight Flush 250 50
4oaK 125 25
Full House 30 6
Flush 25 5
Straight 20 4
3oaK 15 3
2 Pairs 10 2
Tens or Better 5 1
House Edge 0.86% 2.15%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.15%.

Betsoft

Betsoft 5 coins 1-4 coins
Royal Flush 4000 800
Straight Flush 250 50
4oaK 125 25
Full House 30 6
Flush 25 5
Straight 20 4
3oaK 15 3
2 Pairs 10 2
Tens or Better 5 1
House Edge 0.86% 0.86%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 0.86%.

Bwin/Party

Bwin/Party 1 coin
Royal Flush 1000
Straight Flush 40
4oaK 20
Full House 6
Flush 5
Straight 4
3oaK 3
2 Pairs 2
Tens or Better 1
House Edge 1.59%

* Only 1 coin available.

* We consider the Bwin/Party group to be a poor choice for players with a high risk of player issues.

Cryptologic

Cryptologic 5 coins 1-4 coins
Royal Flush 4000 250
Straight Flush 250 50
4oaK 125 25
Full House 30 6
Flush 25 5
Straight 20 4
3oaK 15 3
2 Pairs 10 2
Tens or Better 5 1
House Edge 0.86% 2.15%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.15%.

Dragonfish (888)

Dragonfish 5 coins 1-4 coins
Royal Flush 5000 250
Straight Flush 250 50
4oaK 100 20
Full House 30 6
Flush 25 5
Straight 20 4
3oaK 15 3
2 Pairs 10 2
Tens or Better 5 1
House Edge 1.49% 3.33%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 3.33%.

* Due to various player issues we do not recommend playing with any casino using Dragonfish software.

GameSys

GameSys (Normal) 5 coins 1-4 coins
Royal Flush 1250 250
Straight Flush 250 50
4oaK 110 22
Full House 30 6
Flush 25 5
Straight 20 4
3oaK 15 3
2 Pairs 10 2
Tens or Better 5 1
House Edge 2.86% 2.86%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.86%.

GameSys (No House Edge) 5 coins 1-4 coins
Royal Flush 2000 400
Straight Flush 250 50
4oaK 115 23
Full House 35 7
Flush 30 6
Straight 20 4
3oaK 15 3
2 Pairs 10 2
Tens or Better 5 1
House Edge 0.01% 0.01%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 0.01%.

Microgaming

Microgaming 5 coins 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins
Royal Flush 4000 500 1000 2000 3000
Straight Flush 250 50 100 150 200
4oaK 125 25 50 75 100
Full House 30 6 12 18 24
Flush 25 5 10 15 20
Straight 20 4 8 12 16
3oaK 15 3 6 9 12
2 Pairs 10 2 4 6 8
Tens or Better 5 1 2 3 4
House Edge 0.86% 1.60% 1.60% 1.20% 0.99%

Playtech

Playtech 5 coins 1-4 coins
Royal Flush 4000 800
Straight Flush 250 50
4oaK 100 20
Full House 30 6
Flush 25 5
Straight 20 4
3oaK 15 3
2 Pairs 10 2
Tens or Better 5 1
House Edge 2.04% 2.04%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.04%.

Realtime Gaming

Wager Gaming Solutions 5 coins 1 coin 2 coins 3 coins 4 coins
Royal Flush 4000 500 1000 2000 3000
Straight Flush 250 50 100 150 200
4oaK 125 25 50 75 100
Full House 30 6 12 18 24
Flush 25 5 10 15 20
Straight 20 4 8 12 16
3oaK 15 3 6 9 12
2 Pairs 10 2 4 6 8
Tens or Better 5 1 2 3 4
House Edge 0.86% 1.60% 1.60% 1.20% 0.99%

Rival

Rival 5 coins 1-4 coins
Royal Flush 4000 250
Straight Flush 250 50
4oaK 125 25
Full House 30 6
Flush 25 5
Straight 20 4
3oaK 15 3
2 Pairs 10 2
Tens or Better 5 1
House Edge 0.86% 2.15%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 2.15%.

Vuetec

Vuetec 5 coins 1-4 coins
Royal Flush 4000 800
Straight Flush 250 50
4oaK 60 25
Full House 30 6
Flush 25 5
Straight 20 4
3oaK 15 3
2 Pairs 10 2
Tens or Better 5 1
House Edge 3.93% 3.93%

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at 3.93%.

Wager21

Wager21 5 coins 1-4 coins
Royal Flush Jackpot 800
Straight Flush 250 50
4oaK 125 20
Full House 40 6
Flush 25 5
Straight 20 4
3oaK 15 3
2 Pairs 10 2
Tens or Better 5 1
House Edge (-1.44%)-(-6.74%)* (-0.15%)

*It is highly likely that Wager21 software does not operate in a random fashion and as such the figures included in this article while accurate for a fair game are likely inaccurate.

* The paytables for 2, 3 and 4 coins are just the paytable for 1 coin multiplied by the number of coins. The House Edge for 1-4 coins are all equal at -0.15%.

*This is a progressive game. Even at the lowest jackpot level, if the game operates fairly the player has an edge over the casino.

 

 

Paytable Analyser

 

If you encounter a different paytable you can use our Paytable Analyser to find the House Edge for the game.

 

 

Strategy Calculator

 

To find out the correct play for individual hands use our Strategy Calculator which will tell you the correct cards to hold for the paytable you are playing.

 

 

Strategy Trainer

 

If you intend to play a lot of Tens or Better we would advise learning the optimal strategy for the game you’ll be playing. Below you’ll find a strategy trainer that will allow you to practice the game and correct you when you make mistakes;

 

*All figures in this article rely on use of a strategy optimized to the specific paytable in use. Use of any other strategy will increase the House Edge. You can find the optimized strategy for any paytable using the calculators on this page.

 

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