Electronic Poker is a beloved game that can be gambled on in casinos all over the globe, or alternatively at your house on your home computer, using an Internet connection. The rules are absolutely straightforward and involve the player attempting to achieve the greatest assemblage of cards possible in order to win money. In this respect it’s much the same as a regular game of poker, apart from the interaction with other players. Of course, tactics used in a real-life game of poker, such as tricking, will be irrelevant here.
The game of Video Poker begins when the gambler puts credits (whether it’s tokens, tickets or cash) into the video poker machine and presses the deal button. A hand of five cards will then be electronically ‘distributed’ on the video screen.
The Electronic Poker game also has hold buttons, and players will need to now decide which cards to hold and which to throw away. For the cards the gambler wishes to keep, the ‘hold’ buttons must be pressed so that they illuminate. The player can decide to keep any amount of cards they wish, from all to none.
After the gambler has decided on which cards he or she would like to keep, they should press ‘draw’, which will mean that any new cards will be dealt if desired. The game is now finished, with the Electronic Poker machine analyzing the hand to see if it matches any of the winning hands listed in the payout schedule.
Typically, the lowest succeeding hand on a Video Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the prize money growing 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 last but not least royal flushes. It definitely goes without saying that the pay out schedule can range from game to game, so that discerning enthusiasts are agile enough to select the most beneficial game every instance.
After the first round has played out, the player can either decide to stay on in an attempt to increase their earnings, or they can press the ‘collect’ button to retrieve any cash that might have been won. Further, some versions of the game give the gambler an opportunity to double their winnings, in which situation another round is played. There are also variations among specific games, with some virtual decks having wild cards and other varying characteristics to enhance playability.