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Articles by John Robison courtesy of Casino City Times


What is meant by 9/6 or better video poker machines?
By John Robison, 8 April 2004

Hello John,

I enjoy reading your articles. I have a question for you:

I read some gaming message board on the internet and was wonder what are they mean by 9/6 or better video poker machines?

If I have to guess, they must be talking about pay tables on Jacks or Better video poker machines. I assume they meant Jacks or Better pay 1, 2 pair should pay 2, 3 of a kind pay 3, etc.

I also notice some machines only pay 1 for 2 pair.

Please confirm my theory.

Thanks and keep up the good work.

You're right. The nickname "9/6 Jacks" refers to a particular Jacks or Better paytable.

The "9/6" refers to the payouts for full house and flush. Before there were so many different paytables on the casino floors, we could say to look for a machine with those two payouts to find a high-paying machine. Now that there are so many similar paytables, you really have to check the entire paytable to make sure that a machine is indeed a 9/6 Jacks machine.

The complete 9/6 Jacks paytable is as follows:

Royal Flush


Straight Flush


4 of a Kind


Full House






3 of a Kind


Two Pair


Jacks or Better


With mathematically perfect play, 9/6 Jacks pays back 99.5% in the long run. The strategies readily available for this paytable get incredibly close to that figure (within a few tenths of a percentage point).

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,

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