Electronic Poker is a popular game that is able to be played in casinos around the world, or in your house on your home computer, through a net account. The game rules are absolutely simple and involve the player attempting to get the highest combination of cards as you can in order to acquire cash. In this respect it is much the same as a classic game of poker, without the involvement with any other players. Of course, techniques used in a physical game of poker, such as bluffing, will be useless here.
The game of Electronic Poker begins when the player inserts credits (whether it’s tokens, credit slips or cash) into the video poker machine and pushes the deal button. A hand of 5 cards will be electronically ‘handed out’ on the video screen.
The Electronic Poker game also has buttons with ‘hold’ written on them, and enthusiasts will need to now decide which cards to keep and which to throw away. For the cards the gambler would like to retain, the ‘hold’ buttons must be pressed so that they illuminate. The player can decide to keep any amount of cards they want, from all to none.
After the player has decided on which cards she would like to retain, the player will then press ‘draw’, at which point any new cards are needed they will be handed out. The round is now completed, with the Video Poker machine scanning the hand to see if it matches any of the winning hands shown on the payout schedule.
Generally, the lowest succeeding hand on a Video Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the prize money increasing for each better hand. A common list of winning hands starts with jacks or better, and moves on to 2 pairs, 3 of a kinds, straights, flushes, full houses, four of a kinds, straight flushes and last but not least royal flushes. It is obvious that the payment schedule can vary from machine to machine, so that experienced players are agile enough to choose the most money-making machine every time.
After the initial round has finished, the player can either choose to remain on in an attempt to increase their earnings, or press the ‘collect’ button to cash out any cash that might have been won. Further, some styles of the game allow the player a chance to double their winnings, in which situation another hand is played. There are also differences between specific games, with some virtual decks having wild cards and other varying elements to enhance playability.