Electronic Poker is a beloved game that usually will be enjoyed in casinos around the world, or in your house on your PC, using a web account. The game rules are very simple and involve the player trying to get the highest mixture of cards possible in order to win money. In this respect it is much the same as a regular game of poker, minus the interaction with competing players. Of course, methods employed during a real-life game of poker, like tricking, will be useless in Video Poker.
The game of Electronic Poker starts when the bettor puts credits (either tokens, credit slips or money) into the video poker machine and presses the deal button. A 5 card hand will then be electronically ‘given out’ on the screen.
The Electronic Poker machine also has hold buttons, and gamblers should now pick which cards to keep and which to discard. For the cards the player wishes to keep, the ‘hold’ buttons need to be pressed so that they light up. The player can choose to keep any amount of cards they want, whether it is all or none.
After the enthusiast has chosen which cards he wishes to keep, the player will then press ‘draw’, which will mean that any fresh cards will be given out if desired. The hand is now completed, with the Video Poker machine analyzing the cards to see if it is the same as any of the winning hands printed on the pay out schedule.
Generally, the lowest succeeding hand on a Video Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the award money growing for each and every better hand. A list of common winning hands starts with jacks or better, and moves 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 goes without saying that the payout schedule can change from game to game, so that knowledgeable gamblers are agile enough to pick the most profitable game each instance.
As soon as the first round has played out, the player can either choose to stay on and try to to increase their winnings, or they can press the ‘collect’ button to retrieve any cash that they may have won. Further, a few styles of the game give the player an opportunity to increase their profits, in which case a further hand is played. There are also differences between specific machines, with some decks of cards having wild cards and other differing elements to increase playability.