Video Poker is a favored game that is able to be enjoyed in casinos around the globe, or alternatively at your house on your personal computer, using a web connection. The rules are very simple and involve the player attempting to get the highest assemblage of cards possible in order to win money. In this respect it’s very similar as a classic game of poker, without the interaction with any other players. Of course, methods used in a physical game of poker, like tricking, will be irrelevant in Video Poker.
The game of Electronic Poker begins when the bettor puts credits (either tokens, credit slips or money) into the machine and presses the play button. A 5 card hand will be electronically ‘given out’ on the video screen.
The Electronic Poker machine also has hold buttons, and players should now choose which cards to keep and which to discard. For the cards the gambler wishes to keep, the ‘hold’ buttons should be pressed so that they illuminate. The player can choose to keep any amount of cards they want, whether it is all or none.
After the gambler has chosen which cards he would like to keep, they should press ‘deal’, at which point any fresh cards are needed they will be handed out. The hand is now completed, with the Electronic Poker machine scanning the hand to see if it matches any of the winning hands listed in the pay out schedule.
Normally, the minimum succeeding hand on an Electronic Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the award money growing for each better hand. A list of common winning hands starts with jacks or better, and moves 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 change from game to game, so that experienced gamblers are agile enough to select the most money-making machine each and every time.
Once the first round has finished, the player can either choose to continue on and try to to maximize their earnings, or press the ‘collect’ button to retrieve any credits that they may have won. Further, some styles of the game allow the enthusiast a chance to increase their profits, in which situation another round is played. There are also differences between individual games, with some virtual decks having wild cards and other varying elements to enhance playability.