Electronic Poker is a beloved game that can be enjoyed in casinos across the world, or in your house on your computer, through an Internet connection. The rules are very straightforward and consist of the player attempting to get the highest combination of cards possible in order to come away with money. On this account it is much the same as a regular game of poker, without the line of contact with any other players. Of course, tactics used in a real-life game of poker, like bluffing, will be irrelevant in Video Poker.
The game of Electronic Poker starts when the gambler puts credits (either tokens, tickets or cash) into the machine and pushes the deal button. A five card hand will be electronically ‘dealt’ on the video screen.
The Electronic Poker game also has buttons with ‘hold’ written on them, and enthusiasts should now pick which cards to keep and which to discard. For the cards the gambler would like to keep, the ‘hold’ buttons need to be pressed so that they illuminate. The player can decide to keep any number of cards they wish, from all to none.
After the gambler has decided on which cards he wishes to retain, they should press ‘draw’, which will mean that any fresh cards will be dealt if desired. The hand is now completed, with the Electronic Poker machine analyzing the hand to see if it is the same as any of the winning hands printed on the payment schedule.
Generally, the lowest succeeding hand on a Video Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the award money increasing for each and every better hand. A common list of winning hands starts with jacks or better, moving on to two pairs, three of a kinds, straights, flushes, full houses, 4 of a kinds, straight flushes and finally royal flushes. It is obvious that the payout schedule can change from game to game, so that knowledgeable gamblers are able to choose the most money-making game every time.
As soon as the initial round has played out, the player can either choose to remain on in an attempt to increase their winnings, or press the ‘collect’ button to retrieve any cash that has been won. Further, several versions of the game give the enthusiast an opportunity to double their wins, in which instance a further round is played. There are also differences among individual games, with some virtual decks having wild cards and other differing aspects to increase playability.