Video Poker is a popular game that usually will be gambled on in casinos around the globe, or in your house on your home computer, through a net connection. The game rules are absolutely straightforward and involve the player trying to achieve the highest mixture of cards achievable in order to win money. In this respect it’s much the same as a normal game of poker, minus the involvement with other players. Of course, tactics employed during a real-life game of poker, like bluffing, will be useless in Video Poker.
The game of Electronic Poker starts when the player inserts credits (whether it is tokens, tickets or money) into the video poker machine and pushes the draw button. A hand of five cards will then be electronically ‘distributed’ on the video screen.
The Video Poker game also has hold buttons, and enthusiasts should now decide which cards to keep and which to discard. For the cards the bettor wishes to retain, the ‘hold’ buttons need to be pressed so that they light up. The player can choose to keep any amount of cards they wish, whether it is all or none.
After the player has chosen which cards he or she would like to keep, they should press ‘draw’, which will mean that any new cards are needed they will be dealt. The hand is now completed, with the Electronic Poker machine scanning the cards to see if it matches any of the winning hands printed on the payment schedule.
Typically, the minimum succeeding hand on a Video Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the prize money growing for each and every better hand. A list of common 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 should be known that the payout schedule can change from game to game, so that discerning gamblers are able to choose the most profitable game each and every time.
As soon as the initial round has completed, the player can either decide to stay on and try to to maximize their earnings, or they can press the ‘collect’ button to cash out any money that they may have won. Additionally, a few versions of the game allow the enthusiast a chance to increase their wins, in which instance a further round is played. There are also variations among individual games, with some virtual decks including wild cards and other differing aspects to enhance playability.