Video Poker is a favored game that is able to be played in casinos across the world, or alternatively at home on your personal computer, through an Internet account. The regulations are very straightforward and involve the player attempting to achieve the best assemblage of cards achievable in order to come away with money. In this respect it’s very similar as a normal game of poker, without the interaction with any other players. Of course, techniques used in a real-life game of poker, like tricking, will be useless here.
The game of Electronic Poker starts when the gambler puts credits (either tokens, credit slips or cash) into the machine and pushes the deal button. A 5 card hand will then be "handed out" on the screen.
The Electronic Poker game also has hold buttons, and players should now pick which cards to hold and which to throw away. For the cards the gambler would like to retain, the ‘hold’ buttons should be pressed so that they illuminate. The player can choose to keep any amount of cards they want, from all to none.
After the gambler has selected which cards she wishes to keep, the player will then press ‘deal’, at which point any new cards will be given out if desired. 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.
Typically, the minimum succeeding hand on an Electronic Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the award money increasing for each better hand. A common list of winning hands starts with jacks or better, moving on to two 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 payment schedule can vary from game to game, so that discerning gamblers are agile enough to pick the most profitable ones each and every time.
As soon as the first round has played out, the player can either decide to stay on in an attempt to maximize their winnings, or they can press the ‘collect’ button to cash out any credits that they may have won. Further, some styles of the game give the player an opportunity to increase their winnings, in which case another game is played. There are also variations between specific games, with some virtual decks including wild cards and other varying aspects to increase playability.