Free All American Video Poker

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All American video poker has pay tables that look like Jacks or Better when you first look at them. It draws many people because of the level payouts for a full house, flush, and straight.

The best Jacks or Better machines pay nine for a full house, six for a flush, and four for a straight and many All American machines pay eight for a full house, flush, and a straight. This leads some players to think that All American pays out better than Jacks or Better.

What many ignore is the fact that Jacks or Better machines pay two for two pair and All American only pays one. Two pair hands are more common than full houses, flushes, and straights, so the trade off is about equal.

If you can find an All American machine with the 35 / 8 pay table listed in the first column of the chart below you can play with a slightly lower house edge than 9 / 6 Jacks or Better as long as you use basic strategy. If a 35 / 8 pay table isn’t available you should stick with 9 /6 Jacks or Better or NSUD Deuces Wild.

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How to Play All American Poker?

Free All American video poker plays just like Jacks or Better. Whether you play online or in a regular casino, the first thing you need to do is get money into the machine. Then choose to make a five coin bet and click the deal button.

Your five card starting hand is then displayed on the screen and you pick which cards you want to hold and click on them. A graphic pops upon the cards you want to hold showing your choice. Then click the deal button again and collect your winnings on paying hands.

All American Pay Tables

Here are many of the most common pay tables available on All American video poker machines. The bottom row lists the house edge if you use a strategy chart. If you take a minute to look at the house edges, you can see that the only two pay tables you should consider playing are the ones in the first and last columns.

Casinos use many different pay tables because most video poker players don’t know how to determine which ones offer the best game. Use this chart to help you find the best games and avoid the pay tables that have a high house edge.

The payout for a royal flush is listed as 800 in the table below, but on the machine it’s listed as 250 in the first column. The reason we list it as 800 is because we always recommend betting five coins and you get paid 4,000 for the royal flush when you do. 4,000 divided by five is 800.

The rest of the payouts listed in the table are the ones the machine pays out for a single coin wager per hand.

Game 35 / 8 30 / 8 25 / 8 40 / 7 30 / 7 34 / 8
Royal Flush 800 800 800 800 800 800
Straight Flush 200 200 200 200 200 200
Four of a Kind 35 30 25 40 30 34
Full House 8 8 8 7 7 8
Flush 8 8 8 7 7 8
Straight 8 8 8 7 7 8
Three of a Kind 3 3 3 3 3 3
Two Pair 1 1 1 1 1 1
Pair Jacks or Better 1 1 1 1 1 1
House Edge .41% 1.52% 2.62% 3.74% 6.00% .63%


All American Strategy Chart

Use this simple All American strategy chart every time you play. It helps you keep the house edge as low as possible and helps extend your bankroll so you can play as long as possible.

All American video poker is a variation of Jacks or Better. If you don’t have the following chart with you when you play All American you can use the same strategy chart as the one you use for 9 / 6 Jacks or Better.

In order to have the best chance to win remember to always bet five coins so you get the bonus when you hit a royal flush. Winning 4,000 instead of 1,250 can be the difference between breaking even and still being way behind.

The way to use the All American strategy chart is to read it from top to bottom. Keep the hand highest on the list that matches your hand. Discard all other cards. Don’t consider any hands listed below the first one you come to matching your hand.

Here’s an example:

You have a pair of jacks and four cards, including one of the jacks, are hearts. This means you have a paying pair and four to a flush. Both are listed on the strategy chart, but the pair of jacks is listed first. So you keep the jacks and discard the other three cards.

  • Royal flush
  • Straight flush
  • Four of a kind
  • Any four cards to a royal flush
  • Full house
  • Flush
  • Straight
  • Any three of a kind
  • Any four cards to a straight flush both open ended and gut shot draws
  • Two pair
  • Pair of jacks or better – Even though two pair and a pair of jacks or better pay the same on most machines, the two pair is listed higher because of the chance to hit a full house.
  • Any three cards to a royal flush
  • Any four cards to a flush
  • Any two suited cards jack and higher
  • Any three cards to a straight flush
  • Two cards jack or higher
  • Suited 10 with a jack or higher
  • Pair lower than jacks
  • Draw five new cards

All American video poker looks like a good game to play compared to Jacks or Better because of the higher payouts for straights and flushes. But the lower payout for two pair hands negates most of the advantage. It’s not a bad alternative to Jacks or Better, but it’s usually easier to find Jacks or Better machines.

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