Video Poker is a beloved game that can be enjoyed in casinos throughout the world, or alternatively at your house on your computer, through a net account. The rules are very simple and consist of the player trying to get the best mixture of cards achievable in order to come away with cash. On this account it’s very similar as a normal game of poker, apart from the interaction with competing players. Of course, methods used in a physical game of poker, such as tricking, will be irrelevant here.
The game of Electronic Poker begins when the player puts credits (either tokens, credit slips or cash) into the machine and presses the draw button. A hand of 5 cards will be electronically ‘dealt’ on the video screen.
The Video Poker game also has buttons with ‘hold’ written on them, and gamblers will need to now pick which cards to hold and which to discard. For the cards the enthusiast would like to retain, the ‘hold’ buttons must be pressed so that they illuminate. The player can choose to keep any amount of cards they wish, from all to none.
After the bettor has chosen which cards he would like to keep, the player will then press ‘draw’, at which point any new cards are needed they will be handed out. The hand is now completed, with the Electronic Poker machine scanning the cards to see if it matches any of the winning hands shown on the payment schedule.
Normally, the lowest winning hand on an Electronic Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the prize money increasing for each better hand. A list of common winning hands starts with jacks or better, and moves on to two pairs, three 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 machine to machine, so that skillful bettors are able to choose the most money-making machine each instance.
Once the initial round has completed, the player can either decide to remain on in an attempt to increase their earnings, or press the ‘collect’ button to cash out any credits that they may have won. Additionally, several versions of the game give the gambler an opportunity to increase their wins, in which instance another hand is played. There are also differences between specific games, with some decks of cards having wild cards and other varying elements to increase playability.