Video Poker is a popular game that usually will be bet on in casinos throughout the world, or alternatively at home on your PC, through an Internet account. The game rules are absolutely straightforward and involve the player trying to get the best combination of cards achievable in order to acquire money. On this account it is very similar as a regular game of poker, apart from the interaction with other players. Of course, methods employed during a physical game of poker, like tricking, will be irrelevant here.
The game of Video Poker begins when the enthusiast puts credits (whether it’s tokens, tickets or money) into the video poker machine and presses the play button. A five card hand will then be "dealt" on the video screen.
The Electronic Poker machine also has buttons with ‘hold’ printed on them, and players will need to now pick which cards to hold and which to throw away. 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, whether it is all or none.
After the gambler has selected which cards he or she would like to keep, the player will then press ‘deal’, at which point any new cards are needed they will be given out. The round is now completed, with the Video Poker machine analyzing the cards to see if it matches any of the winning hands printed on the pay out schedule.
Normally, the minimum winning hand on an Electronic Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the prize money growing for each 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 is obvious that the pay out schedule can range from machine to machine, so that experienced gamblers are agile enough to pick the most money-making ones every time.
After the first round has completed, the player can either choose to remain on in an attempt to increase their earnings, or they can press the ‘collect’ button to cash out any money that has been won. Additionally, a few styles of the game give the enthusiast an opportunity to double their winnings, in which instance another round is played. There are also variations between specific games, with some decks of cards having wild cards and other varying characteristics to increase playability.