History of Video Poker

History of Video Poker
History of Video Poker

Video poker came in the mid-1970s, but as electronic monitors, was very simple and primitive. Si Redd, the dealer who worked for Bally was, tried to introduce video poker Bally. The Bally executives do not favor this unproven game and therefore let Si Redd have the patent on the game itself.

Si then went on SIRCOMA (Si Redd Coin Machines), which eventually launched Draw Poker in 1979 under the name of International Game Technology to establish. The game grew in popularity in the 1980s, especially in Las Vegas.

The most primitive form of the game was draw poker with the lowest hand, there was a payout on Pairs was ‘2 ‘. The game was then modified to make the lowest winning hand is a “pair of Jacks or better”. This increases the chances of winning for the player as more hands were they to gain from.

Ironically, the “Jacks or Better” game is still one of the most played versions of video poker 30 years. The technology has moved on considerably since the game was developed, and this has also contributed to the rise in popularity of video poker. From a player perspective, players who had felt it daunting, play table games like blackjack and roulette, found their feet with video poker as the game required skills as well as the comfort that it’s just you and the machine.

Times have evolved and as a technology, video poker grew ways. Many other variations of the game was released as the Power Poker versions. The Internet brought online casinos in the foreground and allow more players had access to video poker. Microgaming has the first online casino software in 1994 and with it; the popularity of video poker grew as a result.

The game is played on poker hands, many gamers are familiar with as the game was and is easy to understand and play-based. The game allows players to play at the popular table games such as Blackjack and Roulette have been intimidated, comfortable with playing one on one with a machine with an element of skill. The game is seen as the perfect hybrid between the capabilities of the table games and the ease of play of the slots. The house edge is very low, so Video Poker has met for an instant with casino fans.