Video Poker is a popular game that is able to be bet on in casinos across the world, or alternatively at your house on your personal computer, using a web account. The game rules are absolutely straightforward and involve the player attempting to achieve the best mixture of cards as you can in order to come away with money. In this respect it is very similar as a regular game of poker, without the line of contact with competing players. Of course, techniques used in a real-life game of poker, like bluffing, will be irrelevant here.

The game of Video Poker begins when the player inserts credits (whether it’s tokens, tickets or money) into the video poker machine and presses the draw button. A hand of 5 cards will then be "handed out" on the screen.

The Video Poker machine also has hold buttons, and bettors will need to now decide which cards to hold and which to discard. For the cards the enthusiast wishes 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 wish, from all to none.

After the bettor has selected which cards he or she would like to keep, they should press ‘draw’, which will mean that any new cards are handed out if desired. The game is now finished, with the Video Poker machine analyzing the hand to see if it is the same as any of the winning hands shown on the payout schedule.

Typically, the minimum succeeding hand on a Video Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the award money increasing for each and every better hand. A list of common winning hands begins with jacks or better, and moves on to 2 pairs, 3 of a kinds, straights, flushes, full houses, four of a kinds, straight flushes and finally royal flushes. It is obvious that the pay out schedule can change from game to game, so that discerning gamblers are able to pick the most profitable ones each time.

After the first round has completed, the player can either choose to remain on in an attempt to maximize their earnings, or they can press the ‘collect’ button to cash out any money that might have been won. Additionally, several styles of the game allow the bettor an opportunity to double their winnings, in which case another game is played. There are also differences among individual games, with some virtual decks having wild cards and other varying elements to enhance playability.