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Ask The Slot Expert11 January 2001
It doesn't get much better than that. Losing about $5 and getting two buffets. I'd say you came out ahead.
I don't know of any detailed strategies for 8/5 Jacks. Because the house edge on the game is about 2.7%, analysts don't study the game as closely as they do 9/6 Jacks or the over 100% payback games. I know of a program that you might be able to use to create a detailed strategy, but I don't know if it can handle an 8-coin game and it's PC only.
I use Dan Paymar's 9/6 Jacks cue card. It doesn't have any penalty card considerations on it, but it gets very close to the mathematically perfect strategy. The truth about penalty cards is that it takes hundreds of thousands of hands for the "mistakes" you make by not taking them into account to have a greater effect on your results than randomness (luck).
Dan doesn't have a strategy card for 8/5 Jacks, but Jazbo Burns does (www.jazbo.com). Lenny Frome's book Winning Strategies at Video Poker also has a strategy for 8/5 Jacks progressives. I know Lenny's book doesn't deal with penalty cards; I don't know whether Jazbo's cards do. Finally, Frank Soblete's Victory at Video Poker also has a strategy for 8/5 Jacks.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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