The number of people opting to play what is known as ‘online video poker’ in the various Internet casino establishments has always been high since the game was first offered online. This strongly suggests that this is a highly popular game, which in turn strongly suggests that it is either a particularly exciting game, or a game in which there is potential for spectacular winnings; for it to be so popular, but what is the case?
Actually, as it turns out, both situations obtain: it is an extremely exciting poker game, as well as a game in which the potential to get quite spectacular winnings exists; naturally depending on how much of a risk you would be willing to take on. Online video poker is simply the Internet-based adaptation of the traditional ‘video poker’ we always had. This means that in order to understand the workings of game, we need some basic understanding of video poker in general.
As it turns out, video poker gets its name from the platform on which it is played, which happens to be a computer console that somewhat resembles a video presentation platform. It is one of the games in which a ‘hand’ is made of five cards. It is also one of the games where man gets to play against machine, rather than ‘man against man.’ As with any other poker game played in a casino, the first step in playing video poker is the placement of bets. Seeing that this is a ‘computerized’ form of poker, the betting is done by putting money into the console.
This is followed by the drawing of cards, which is usually done via a simple click of a similarly labeled button on the console. Cards are randomly drawn, as in other game of poker. Then the strategy element of the game kicks in, where after an examination of the cards one will have drawn, they make decisions as to which cards they should hold onto, which cards they should discard, as well as which cards they should take as replacements. The ultimate aim here is to increase their chances of ending up with a ‘good hand’ that would subsequently make them the winners in the game.
This perfection of hands is then followed by a moment of revelation – where the computer officiating the game proceeds to check the hand held by the player, to see whether it is the best hand, and if so, goes on to declare the player a winner and hand him or her an appropriate prize. The arrangement is usually one in which the probability of getting some prize is considerably high; since any reasonably good hand (say anything starting from and above a ‘jacks’ pair) qualifies for a prize; with every subsequently better hand qualifying for an even better prize in a progressive manner.
Now what we have been looking at, complete with the insertion of real metallic coins into video poker consoles is the type video poker casino establishments always offered – even before the coming of the Internet. It gives us a background against which to understand the workings of online video poker.