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Aces & Eights

Aces & Eights is a Video Poker game which is a modified version of Jacks or Better. The basic changes to the Jacks or Better paytable are that Straight Flushes and four Aces or Eights pay more, while other four of a kind hands, full houses and flushes pay less.

For ease of comparison, the below table displays the best House Edge for Aces & Eights available at each software provider;

Software5 coins House Edge
DGS2.28%
Microgaming0.91%
Realtime Gaming0.22%*

* Available at the Jackpot Capital group of casinos.

Online we’ve found Aces & Eights Video Poker at casinos using Microgaming, DGS and RealTime Gaming software. The paytables for the different softwares 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. 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.

Digital Gaming Solutions (DGS)

DGS5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000250
Straight Flush25050
4oaK Aces and Eights40080
4oak Sevens25050
4oak Other10020
Full House357
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pair102
Jacks or Better51
House Edge2.28%3.51%

* 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 3.51%.

DGS (Progressive)5 coins1-4 coins
Royal FlushJackpot*250
Straight Flush25050
4oaK Aces and Eights40080
4oak Sevens25050
4oak Other10020
Full House357
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pair102
Jacks or Better51
House Edge1.61-2.28%3.51%

* 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 3.51%.

**Very limited information is available on this Jackpot. The only figure we’ve found is $1320 which equates to 5280 coins. We assume that the seed value is 4000 coins. If you have seen a higher Jackpot figure please email us a screenshot. The break even value for this jackpot is 8000 coins or $2000.

Microgaming

Microgaming5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000250
Straight Flush35070
4oaK Aces and Eights40080
4oak Sevens25050
4oak Other10020
Full House408
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pair102
Jacks or Better51
House Edge0.91%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%.

Realtime Gaming

RealTime Gaming (Club World/Deck Media Group)5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000250
Straight Flush25050
4oaK Aces and Eights40080
4oak Sevens25050
4oak Other12525
Full House357
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pair102
Jacks or Better51
House Edge1.37%2.60%

* 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 2.60%.

RealTime Gaming (Jackpot Capital Group)5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000250
Straight Flush25050
4oaK Aces and Eights40080
4oak Sevens25050
4oak Other12525
Full House408
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pair102
Jacks or Better51
House Edge0.22%1.45%

* 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 1.45%.

* There are usually 3 paytable variants for RealTime Gaming software. We’ve only encountered 2 Aces & Eights paytables at quality groups. There are relatively few RealTime Gaming casinos that we would recommend playing with and the paytables we have found have been taken from those few groups that maintain a positive reputation.

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 Aces & Eights 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;

Trivia

Aces and Eights is regularly referred to as ‘The Dead Man’s Hand’. This derives from the hand of poker that Wild Bill Hickok held when he was shot from behind in a bar in the town of Deadwood. While the most commonly cited hand was the two black Ace and the two black Eights, verification of this information has not been possible and as such numerous other hands have been suggested and the kicker card is widely contested.

*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.