Video Poker is a popular game that usually will be bet on in casinos across the world, or in your house on your personal computer, through an Internet account. The game rules are absolutely simple and consist of the player attempting to achieve the highest assemblage of cards possible in order to acquire cash. On this account it’s much the same as a regular game of poker, minus the interaction with other players. Of course, techniques employed during a physical game of poker, like bluffing, will be useless here.
The game of Electronic Poker starts when the gambler puts credits (either tokens, tickets or money) into the video poker machine and pushes the draw button. A hand of five cards will then be electronically ‘dealt’ on the video screen.
The Electronic Poker game also has hold buttons, and gamblers will need to now decide which cards to hold and which to throw away. For the cards the player would like to retain, the ‘hold’ buttons need to be pressed so that they light up. The player can decide to keep any amount of cards they want, from all to none.
After the player has selected which cards he or she would like to keep, the player will then press ‘deal’, at which point any new cards are dealt if desired. The hand is now finished, with the Video Poker machine scanning the hand to see if it matches any of the winning hands printed on the pay out schedule.
Typically, the lowest succeeding hand on a Video Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the prize money increasing for each and every 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, 4 of a kinds, straight flushes and finally royal flushes. It is obvious that the payment schedule can change from game to game, so that discerning enthusiasts are agile enough to select the most beneficial game each time.
As soon as the initial round has finished, the player can either choose to remain on in an attempt to maximize their winnings, or press the ‘collect’ button to cash out any cash that they may have won. Additionally, several versions of the game give the player an opportunity to double their wins, in which case another hand is played. There are also variations between individual machines, with some decks of cards having wild cards and other varying aspects to increase playability.