Video Poker is a favored game that is able to be wagered on in casinos throughout the globe, or in your house on your personal computer, using a web connection. The game rules are very straightforward and consist of the player trying to achieve the best mixture of cards achievable in order to acquire cash. In this respect it’s much the same as a normal game of poker, minus the involvement with any other players. Of course, tactics employed during a real-life game of poker, such as tricking, will be useless here.
The game of Electronic Poker starts when the player inserts credits (either tokens, credit slips or cash) into the video poker machine and pushes the deal button. A hand of five cards will then be electronically ‘handed out’ on the screen.
The Video Poker machine also has buttons with ‘hold’ written on them, and bettors should now decide which cards to keep and which to discard. For the cards the bettor wishes to keep, the ‘hold’ buttons must be pressed so that they light up. The player can choose to keep any number of cards they want, from all to none.
After the bettor has chosen which cards she wishes to keep, they should press ‘deal’, at which point any fresh cards will be handed out if desired. The round is now completed, with the Video Poker machine analyzing the hand to see if it is the same as any of the winning hands listed in the payout schedule.
Generally, the minimum 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 begins with jacks or better, and moves on to 2 pairs, 3 of a kinds, straights, flushes, full houses, four of a kinds, straight flushes and finally royal flushes. It is obvious that the pay out schedule can change from machine to machine, so that knowledgeable players are able to select the most beneficial machine every time.
As soon as the initial round has finished, the player can either choose to continue on and try to to maximize their winnings, or they can press the ‘collect’ button to cash out any credits that have been won. Further, several versions of the game give the enthusiast an opportunity to increase their profits, in which situation another round is played. There are also variations among specific machines, with some virtual decks having wild cards and other varying elements to increase playability.