Video Poker – The Electronic Evolution

Video poker is similar to a slot machine in the way that you will physically interact with the game such as touching the screen to select your discard and hold cards, etc. however, unlike a traditional slot machine video poker requires a significant amount of strategy just as real poker does. The most popular variations of video poker are the five card draw and Texas Hold’em variations. Especially if they have some sort of wildcard or bonus round. That will not only increase your potential winnings, but will also give you the highest entertainment value for the money video poker was created in the 1970s. However it did not gain widespread popularity until the 1980s as players who were intimidated by the live table games, but still wanted to play poker gravitated toward the machines.

Video poker games are very easy to play you simply wager one or more tokens (a savvy player always bets the maximum amount because this will trigger the largest payout) to get dealt a hand of cards at which point you will choose which cards to hold and which cards to discard and the final hand payout will be determined by a specific payout table. That is proprietary to each particular game and if one hand of poker at a time is not enough most video poker games will allow you to play three — 5 — 10 and even 100 hands. At one time the amount of money needed for each bets will of course be increased by the amount of hands. You choose to play but the more hands you play at once the larger the payout.

Learning to play video poker with excellent strategy is not terribly hard. There are a wide variety of strategy guides, available in both written and electronic formats which you can find online or at your favorite booksellers and thanks to the ever increasing popularity of poker due to the fact that the World Series is now televised on ESPN there are numerous websites available for you to hone your strategy and socialize with other players without having to spend any of your hard-earned money to do so. You also have the option of buying computer gaming software, which will also allow you to practice your strategy and different game variations anytime you wish. There are even online, poker games that do play format for monetary gain (although you should check your local laws as this is illegal in some states) so you can now play real poker from the comfort of your own home and not have to make a trip to Las Vegas.

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