Electronic Poker is a popular game that is able to be bet on in casinos all over the world, or alternatively at home on your PC, through an Internet connection. The regulations are absolutely straightforward and involve the player trying to get the highest mixture of cards achievable in order to come away with cash. On this account it is much the same as a regular game of poker, minus the interaction with any other players. Of course, techniques employed during a physical game of poker, like bluffing, will be irrelevant here.
The game of Video Poker starts when the bettor puts credits (either tokens, tickets or money) into the machine and presses the play button. A hand of 5 cards will then be "dealt" on the screen.
The Video Poker machine also has buttons with ‘hold’ printed on them, and players will need to now pick which cards to keep and which to discard. For the cards the bettor wishes to retain, the ‘hold’ buttons should be pressed so that they illuminate. The player can choose to keep any amount of cards they want, whether it is all or none.
After the bettor has decided on which cards she wishes to retain, the player will then press ‘draw’, at which point any fresh cards will be handed out if desired. The game is now finished, with the Video Poker machine analyzing the hand to see if it is the same as any of the winning hands shown on the payment schedule.
Generally, the lowest succeeding 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 finally royal flushes. It should be known that the payment schedule can range from game to game, so that experienced enthusiasts are able to pick the most money-making game each time.
As soon as the first round has played out, the player can either decide to stay on in an attempt to maximize their earnings, or they can press the ‘collect’ button to retrieve any credits that have been won. Additionally, some versions of the game give the player an opportunity to increase their wins, in which instance a further game is played. There are also variations between specific machines, with some virtual decks including wild cards and other differing aspects to enhance playability.