Video Poker is a popular game that can be played in casinos around the world, or at home on your PC, via an internet connection. The rules are very simple and involve the player who tries to get the greatest possible combination of cards in order to make money. In this respect, it looks a lot like a normal poker game, minus the interactions with other players. Of course, the techniques used in a physical poker game, like bluffing, will be unimportant here.
The Video Poker game starts when the player inserts a credit (chips, banknotes or real money) into the poker machine and presses the ‘play/start’, ‘deal’ or ‘draw’ button. A five-card hand will then be “distributed” electronically on the video screen.
The video poker machine also has buttons with “hold”, and players must now choose which cards to keep and which ones to discard. For the cards the player wants to keep, you have to press the ‘Hold’ buttons to light up. The player can choose to keep the number of cards of his choice.
Once the player has chosen the cards he wants to keep, he must press “Deal” or “Draw”. The new cards are then distributed, if necessary. The game is now over. The Video Poker machine scans the hand to see if it matches any of the winning hands listed in the payment schedule.
As a general rule, the minimum winning hand on a video poker machine is a pair of prizes that are priced 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, four of a kinds, straight flushes and finally royal flushes. It goes without saying that the payment schedule can vary from one machine to another, so that experienced players are able to choose the most profitable each time.
Once the initial round is over, the player can choose to stay to try to increase his winnings or press the “collect” button to recover the earned credits. In addition, some versions of the game allow the player to double his winnings, in which case another game is played. There are also variations between individual machines, with some virtual decks including jokers and various other elements to improve play ability.