Contents of the POKER.DOC file
This game is intended for amusement purposes only, and should not be used
for any other purpose. The creator of this game neither endorses nor
discourages casino gambling. The tips and suggestions listed in this
documentation are opinions gathered from various researchers and gamblers,
and if anybody uses any of these suggestions in actual casino play, they do
so at their own risk. The author of this computer game and documentation
assumes no responsibility for any gambling losses resulting from any
playing strategy suggested by this document. See 'The Small Print' at the
bottom of this document for other legal information.
Video poker is a fascinating game which is widely played in Las Vegas,
Nevada and a few other places. Since its introduction in 1970, it has
grown in popularity until it rivals that of the traditional slot machine.
In recent years a number of variations on the original Jacks or Better
video poker machine have been introduced, some with very favorable odds.
With strategy, practice, and luck, it is possible to beat the house at
QUICK START -- HOW TO PLAY POKER GALORE
To start the game, put all the poker files in a subdirectory on your hard
disk and type:
Use the mouse or the function keys to choose one of the six available video
poker games. If you are playing the unregistered version of Poker Galore,
only four of the poker games will be available:
Jacks or Better
Double Down Poker
Second Chance Poker
The registered version of Poker Galore includes two more games:
Multi-meter Progressive Poker
If you got Poker Galore from a bulletin board, you will need to unzip it
before you can play the game. If you are reading this document, then you
must have already unzipped Poker Galore. The zip file name for the
unregistered version 1.0 of Poker Galore is GALORE10.ZIP. If you have any
trouble with zipping or unzipping, ask your sysop.
Poker Galore requires an IBM compatible computer with 256k memory and an
EGA card with enhanced display (sometimes called an EGA monitor), or VGA
card and VGA monitor. The EGA or VGA card must have 256k memory on the
card (all VGA cards most EGA cards, except for very old cards, have 256k
If you do not have EGA or VGA, this program will not run! Because of the
high resolution and beautiful colors, EGA or VGA is absolutely required to
run this program. Some IBM computers such as the PS/2 Model 25 and Model
30 do not support EGA. Tandy 1000 series computers do not support EGA or
VGA. A mouse and Sound Blaster card are supported but not required.
Poker Galore was written in C and compiled with Microsoft C 6.0. All
graphics functions were achieved using the Fastgraph programmer's graphics
library. For more information about Fastgraph, contact Ted Gruber Software.
HOW TO TURN OFF THE SOUND EFFECTS
If you are in the main menu, use the mouse or function key to select
"Turn Sound On/Off". If you are already playing a game, press key
to toggle the sound effects off and on.
SOUND BLASTER SUPPORT
If you have a Sound Blaster card, Poker Galore will assume it is set to the
default address and IRQ. If you are using a different address and IRQ for
your Sound Blaster, you can run the program SBCONFIG. SBCONFIG will prompt
you for your address and IRQ. This program will create a small text file
called "SB.CFG" which will hold your Sound Blaster address and IRQ. Poker
Galore will check for this file when it starts up. If you have any trouble
with your Sound Blaster card, try deleting the file SB.CFG.
Poker Galore will run fine on systems without a Sound Blaster card, but the
music and sound effects won't sound as nice.
EXITING THE GAME
From any screen other than the main menu screen, you can press to
exit to the main menu, or if you are using a mouse, you can use your left
mouse button to click on the box marked "ESC exit". From the main menu,
you can exit to DOS by pressing or , or you can use the left
mouse button to click on the box labeled "F10 Exit to DOS".
HOW TO DISPLAY YOUR PLAYING STATISTICS
Use the mouse or press the function key from the main menu to choose
the "Display Statistics" option. You will see a screen that shows how well
you are doing in each of the six games. The following statistics are
Bankroll - current status of bankroll (starts at $100 on each
of the six games)
Hands - number of hands dealt
Action - total sum of money wagered
Amount Won - total sum of money won on all hands
Payback - defined to be the amount won divided by the action.
Notice that the bankroll is only displayed once, and that it is always
cumulative. The bankroll always starts at $100 for a new player or a new
The progressive jackpots are displayed at the bottom of the Playing
Statistics screen. The progressive jackpots go up a tiny amount with each
hand played by any player on any of the games.
PERSONALIZING POKER GALORE
Use the mouse or the function key from the main menu to choose the
"Enter Your Name" option. You will be prompted for your name, which will
be stored in a file along with your playing statistics. This is useful if
you want to keep track of your wins and losses. Information on up to 10
players can be stored in the POKER.DAT file. If you do not enter your name,
you will only see your statistics for the current playing session and your
cumulative statistics will not be kept.
If you would like to keep track of your cumulative statistics, it is
recommended that you use the "Enter Your Name" option at the beginning of
each playing session.
CHOOSING A GAME FROM THE MAIN MENU
You may use the mouse or the function keys to choose a game from the
main menu. The following games are available:
F1 Jacks or Better
F2 Joker Poker
F3 Deuces Wild
F4 Multi-Meter Progressive
F6 Second Chance
PLAYING VIDEO POKER
There are four simple steps in playing video poker: (1) insert 1 to 5
coins. (2) You are dealt 5 cards. (3) Choose which cards to keep and
which ones to discard. (4) Draw new cards to replace the ones that were
discarded. Here are the keystroke sequences to accomplish these steps:
Insert coins: You can insert coins one at a time by pressing the
. You may insert 5 coins by pressing the