Electronic Poker is a favored game that is able to be wagered on in casinos around the world, or alternatively at your house on your home computer, using a web connection. The rules are absolutely straightforward and involve the player trying to achieve the highest assemblage of cards possible in order to win cash. In this respect it is very similar as a regular game of poker, without the line of contact with other players. Of course, methods employed during a physical game of poker, like bluffing, will be useless here.
The game of Video Poker starts when the gambler puts credits (whether it’s tokens, tickets or cash) into the machine and pushes the deal button. A hand of 5 cards will then be electronically ‘handed out’ on the screen.
The Video Poker machine also has buttons with ‘hold’ printed on them, and players should now decide which cards to keep and which to discard. For the cards the player would like to retain, the ‘hold’ buttons need to be pressed so that they light up. The player can choose to keep any number of cards they want, whether it is all or none.
After the enthusiast has chosen which cards she wishes to keep, they should press ‘deal’, at which point any new cards will be needed they will be given out. The round is now completed, with the Video Poker machine scanning the hand to see if it matches any of the winning hands listed in the pay out schedule.
Typically, the lowest 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, four of a kinds, straight flushes and finally royal flushes. It is obvious that the payout schedule can range from game to game, so that experienced gamblers are able to pick the most money-making game each time.
After the first round has finished, the player can either choose to stay on and try to to maximize their winnings, or they can press the ‘collect’ button to retrieve any cash that they may have won. Additionally, several versions of the game allow the player an opportunity to double their profits, in which situation a further game is played. There are also variations among specific games, with some virtual decks having wild cards and other differing aspects to increase playability.