Video Poker is a favored game that is able to be played in casinos around the globe, or in your house on your computer, through a web account. The rules are very straightforward and consist of the player trying to achieve the highest assemblage of cards achievable in order to come away with money. In this respect it is much the same as a regular game of poker, apart from the involvement with other players. Of course, techniques employed during a physical game of poker, like tricking, will be irrelevant here.

The game of Electronic Poker begins when the bettor puts credits (whether it’s tokens, credit slips or money) into the machine and presses the deal button. A 5 card hand will then be "given out" on the video screen.

The Video Poker machine also has hold buttons, and enthusiasts will need to now decide which cards to hold and which to discard. For the cards the enthusiast wishes to keep, the ‘hold’ buttons need to be pressed so that they illuminate. The player can decide to keep any number of cards they want, whether it is all or none.

After the gambler has decided on which cards she would like to retain, the player will then press ‘deal’, at which point any fresh cards are needed they will be given out. The hand is now completed, with the Video Poker machine analyzing the hand to see if it is the same as any of the winning hands listed in the payment schedule.

Normally, the lowest winning hand on an Electronic Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the prize money getting larger for each better hand. A list of common winning hands begins 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 goes without saying that the payment schedule can range from game to game, so that knowledgeable bettors are able to select the most money-making machine every instance.

Once the first round has completed, the player can either decide to remain on and try to to increase their winnings, or press the ‘collect’ button to retrieve any money that they may have won. Additionally, some styles of the game allow the gambler an opportunity to increase their wins, in which case a further game is played. There are also variations between individual games, with some virtual decks having wild cards and other differing elements to enhance playability.