Video Poker is a beloved game that usually will be enjoyed in casinos throughout the world, or in your house on your PC, through an Internet account. The rules are absolutely simple and consist of the player attempting to achieve the best combination of cards possible in order to acquire money. In this respect it’s much the same as a regular game of poker, minus the line of contact with any other players. Of course, tactics employed during a physical game of poker, such as tricking, will be useless here.

The game of Electronic Poker starts when the bettor inserts credits (either tokens, credit slips or money) into the video poker machine and pushes the draw button. A hand of five cards will then be "dealt" on the screen.

The Video Poker game also has buttons with ‘hold’ written on them, and players should now decide which cards to hold and which to throw away. For the cards the bettor wishes to retain, the ‘hold’ buttons need to be pressed so that they light up. The player can decide to keep any amount of cards they want, whether it is all or none.

After the player has decided on which cards she wishes to keep, the player will then press ‘draw’, which will mean that any new cards are handed out if desired. The hand is now finished, with the Electronic Poker machine analyzing the hand to see if it matches any of the winning hands listed in the payout schedule.

Generally, the lowest succeeding hand on an Electronic Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the award money getting larger for each and every 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, four of a kinds, straight flushes and finally royal flushes. It should be known that the payment schedule can change from machine to machine, so that skillful players are able to pick the most beneficial machine each and every time.

As soon as the initial round has finished, the player can either choose to stay on and try to to maximize their earnings, or press the ‘collect’ button to cash out any credits that they may have won. Further, some styles of the game give the enthusiast a chance to increase their profits, in which case a further round is played. There are also differences between individual machines, with some decks of cards including wild cards and other differing characteristics to enhance playability.