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There are many different varieties of "Video Poker" machines currently available in major casinos. All of them are based on a singularly simple premise; the Five Card Draw. Casino accountants found that casinos made as much as 80% of their profits from slot machines and only 20% from the Table Games - quite a stunning conclusion at the time. Consequently, an enterprising gaming inventor came up with the idea of using Poker, the grand old American card game, as a basis for a computerized slot machine. Almost overnight the Video Poker phenomenon was born. By introducing Video Poker, the casinos could immediately offer something new, simple, and entertaining, something everyone could play without feeling intimidated by the old casino gamblers and owners.
How to Play Video Poker
Video Poker is probably the simplest interactive gambling game now available. It is an interactive game because you can choose which cards you will keep and which cards you will throw away in the draw. In the Five Card Draw poker game you are first dealt five cards. You then have the choice of keeping any or all of them, or throwing away all of them. For each card you throw away, you get another to replace it. The object is to improve your Hand, (the final set of five cards you decide to keep), and make it into a winning hand. On such a Video Poker machine, you begin play by inserting your coins, or Bills in the machine. Almost all Video Poker machines take from one the five coins. The only exception are the $5, $25, and the $100 Video Poker machines, which can take two or three coins as a Maximum. You can only win the jackpot, the top prize, by playing the maximum coins allowed on the machine you are playing.
After you receive the first five cards, a row of buttons on the machine lights up, usually with the word Hold written on it. These buttons are used to keep the cards you wish to hold. There are five buttons, one for each of the five cards you have been dealt. When you press any one of the hold buttons, the word Held will appear above or below the card. In effect, you have chosen to keep the card. Pushing the button simply tells the machine what your decision is. You can hold any one, two, three, four, or all five cards, as you wish. Once you decide, press the Deal button to continue the hand. The machine keeps the cards you selected and throws away the rest, and deals you replacement cards for the ones you didn't hold. If you win the machine pays you automatically and the hand is over. Most machines pay on Credits, if your win is five coins the machine displays the word Winner: and runs up the amount of five coins on the Credit Meter. If you win thirty coins, the message will say, Player Paid 30, and so on. You can play the next hand by using your credits. Simply press the Bet button, once for one coin, twice for two coins, and so on; or touch the Play Maximum Coins button, the machine will automatically deduct five credits and automatically deal the next game. With the credit-meter option, when you win, the machine adds the credits; and when you lose, subtracts the amount. To collect your credit balance, you press the Collect button and the machine will pay you by dropping your coins in the tray.