Video Poker is a beloved game that usually will be gambled on in casinos around the world, or in your house on your home computer, using an Internet connection. The game rules are absolutely simple and involve the player trying to achieve the best mixture of cards as you can in order to acquire cash. In this respect it is very similar as a regular game of poker, minus the interaction with any other players. Of course, methods used in a real-life game of poker, such as bluffing, will be irrelevant here.
The game of Electronic Poker begins when the gambler puts credits (either tokens, credit slips or money) into the machine and presses the play button. A hand of 5 cards will be "distributed" on the screen.
The Electronic Poker game also has hold buttons, and gamblers will need to now pick which cards to hold and which to throw away. For the cards the player would like to keep, the ‘hold’ buttons need to be pressed so that they light up. The player can decide to keep any number of cards they want, from all to none.
After the gambler has decided on which cards she would like to keep, the player will then press ‘deal’, which will mean that any new cards are needed they will be dealt. The hand is now finished, 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 lowest winning hand on a Video Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the award money getting larger for each better hand. A common list of winning hands begins with jacks or better, moving on to 2 pairs, three of a kinds, straights, flushes, full houses, four of a kinds, straight flushes and finally royal flushes. It goes without saying that the payout schedule can range from game to game, so that skillful players are agile enough to pick the most money-making machine every time.
As soon as the first round has completed, the player can either choose to stay on in an attempt to maximize their earnings, or they can press the ‘collect’ button to retrieve any money that has been won. Further, some versions of the game give the player a chance to increase their wins, in which case another round is played. There are also variations among individual games, with some virtual decks having wild cards and other varying elements to increase playability.