Electronic Poker is a favored game that is able to be bet on in casinos across the world, or in your house on your personal computer, through an Internet connection. The rules are very simple and consist of the player attempting to achieve the best mixture of cards possible in order to acquire money. In this respect it is very similar as a classic game of poker, apart from the interaction with competing players. Of course, tactics employed during a real-life game of poker, such as tricking, will be useless here.
The game of Video Poker starts when the enthusiast inserts credits (either tokens, tickets or cash) into the machine and pushes the play button. A 5 card hand will be "dealt" on the video screen.
The Video Poker game also has buttons with ‘hold’ written on them, and players will need to now decide which cards to keep and which to discard. For the cards the gambler wishes to retain, the ‘hold’ buttons should be pressed so that they illuminate. The player can decide to keep any amount of cards they want, whether it’s all or none.
After the enthusiast has selected which cards he wishes to keep, the player will then press ‘draw’, at which point any new cards are handed out if desired. The hand is now finished, with the Electronic Poker machine scanning the hand to see if it is the same as any of the winning hands shown on the payout schedule.
Normally, the lowest winning hand on an Electronic Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the award money getting larger for each better hand. A list of common winning hands starts with jacks or better, moving on to two pairs, 3 of a kinds, straights, flushes, full houses, 4 of a kinds, straight flushes and last but not least royal flushes. It is obvious that the pay out schedule can range from game to game, so that discerning players are able to select the most profitable machine each instance.
After the initial round has completed, the player can either decide to continue on in an attempt to maximize their earnings, or press the ‘collect’ button to cash out any credits that have been won. Additionally, some styles of the game allow the gambler an opportunity to increase their profits, in which instance another hand is played. There are also differences among specific games, with some virtual decks including wild cards and other varying elements to increase playability.