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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;

Software5 coins House Edge
Amaya0.86%
Betsoft0.86%
Bwin/Party1.59%*
Cryptologic0.86%
Dragonfish1.49%**
GameSys0.01%
IGT1.53%
Microgaming0.86%
Playtech2.04%
RealTime Gaming0.86%
Rival0.86%
Vuetec3.93%
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

Amaya5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000250
Straight Flush25050
4oaK12525
Full House306
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pairs102
Tens or Better51
House Edge0.86%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

Betsoft5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000800
Straight Flush25050
4oaK12525
Full House306
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pairs102
Tens or Better51
House Edge0.86%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/Party1 coin
Royal Flush1000
Straight Flush40
4oaK20
Full House6
Flush5
Straight4
3oaK3
2 Pairs2
Tens or Better1
House Edge1.59%

* 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

Cryptologic5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000250
Straight Flush25050
4oaK12525
Full House306
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pairs102
Tens or Better51
House Edge0.86%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)

Dragonfish5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush5000250
Straight Flush25050
4oaK10020
Full House306
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pairs102
Tens or Better51
House Edge1.49%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 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush1250250
Straight Flush25050
4oaK11022
Full House306
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pairs102
Tens or Better51
House Edge2.86%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 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush2000400
Straight Flush25050
4oaK11523
Full House357
Flush306
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pairs102
Tens or Better51
House Edge0.01%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

Microgaming5 coins1 coin2 coins3 coins4 coins
Royal Flush4000500100020003000
Straight Flush25050100150200
4oaK125255075100
Full House306121824
Flush255101520
Straight20481216
3oaK1536912
2 Pairs102468
Tens or Better51234
House Edge0.86%1.60%1.60%1.20%0.99%

Playtech

Playtech5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000800
Straight Flush25050
4oaK10020
Full House306
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pairs102
Tens or Better51
House Edge2.04%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 Solutions5 coins1 coin2 coins3 coins4 coins
Royal Flush4000500100020003000
Straight Flush25050100150200
4oaK125255075100
Full House306121824
Flush255101520
Straight20481216
3oaK1536912
2 Pairs102468
Tens or Better51234
House Edge0.86%1.60%1.60%1.20%0.99%

Rival

Rival5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000250
Straight Flush25050
4oaK12525
Full House306
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pairs102
Tens or Better51
House Edge0.86%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

Vuetec5 coins1-4 coins
Royal Flush4000800
Straight Flush25050
4oaK6025
Full House306
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pairs102
Tens or Better51
House Edge3.93%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

Wager215 coins1-4 coins
Royal FlushJackpot800
Straight Flush25050
4oaK12520
Full House406
Flush255
Straight204
3oaK153
2 Pairs102
Tens or Better51
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.