Video Poker is a popular game that is able to be played in casinos across the globe, or alternatively at home on your personal computer, through a net account. The rules are absolutely straightforward and consist of the player trying to get the greatest combination of cards possible in order to acquire money. In this respect it’s much the same as a classic game of poker, apart from the involvement with any other players. Of course, methods used in a physical game of poker, such as bluffing, will be irrelevant in Video Poker.
The game of Video Poker begins when the bettor puts credits (whether it’s tokens, credit slips or money) into the machine and pushes the deal button. A hand of 5 cards will then be electronically ‘handed out’ on the video screen.
The Electronic Poker game also has buttons with ‘hold’ written on them, and enthusiasts should now choose which cards to keep and which to discard. For the cards the player would like to keep, the ‘hold’ buttons must be pressed so that they illuminate. The player can decide to keep any number of cards they want, from all to none.
After the player has selected which cards he would like to retain, they should press ‘draw’, which will mean that any new cards will be given out if desired. The round is now completed, with the Video Poker machine scanning the cards to see if it is the same as any of the winning hands printed on the pay out schedule.
Typically, the minimum winning hand on an Electronic Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the award 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, three of a kinds, straights, flushes, full houses, 4 of a kinds, straight flushes and finally royal flushes. It goes without saying that the payment schedule can vary from machine to machine, so that knowledgeable gamblers are agile enough to choose the most money-making game each and every instance.
Once the initial round has completed, the player can either choose to remain on in an attempt to maximize their winnings, or press the ‘collect’ button to retrieve any money that they may have won. Additionally, several styles of the game give the gambler an opportunity to double their wins, in which case a further hand is played. There are also differences between individual games, with some decks of cards including wild cards and other varying elements to increase playability.