Video Poker History

Video Poker History

By: J Finney

The video poker machine is one of the most popular gambling machines in existence today. Part poker, and part video game, it’s the perfect combination to make it a modern day gambling sensation. Although today’s video poker machines are the epitome of our current high tech in gambling, they have existed in simpler form for about two hundred years.

Video poker is of course based on the card game of poker. The video poker machine of today is the result of the game of poker being manifested into different types of games at varying levels of technology through the generations. The game of poker has been played in America since the early 1880s, with the game being referred to as ‘Poker’ in 1834 by a man name Jonathan Green.

The earliest recorded ancestors of the video poker machine were coin operated machines which used poker cards. These machines came into the scene in the late 1800s, and were manufactured by a company by the name of Sittman and Pitt of Brooklyn. The poker card machines were placed in liquor stores and cigar shops, and shortly worked their way across the U.S.

These machines worked by the player putting a coin into the poker machine and pulling a handle, which spun five drums that held the poker cards. The player would wait for it to stop, while hoping for a winning hand. A winning hand was paid out in cigars or drinks. Sadly, and unbeknownst to the players, the Ten of Spades and the Jack of Hearts were left out of the deck to reduce the chances of winning.

In 1901, Charles Fey made the next big improvement to the poker machine by adding the first ‘draw’ feature to the already wildly popular machine. Fey’s addition to the poker machine allowed the player to actually use their poker skills in the game, as opposed to being left to the mercy of blind luck.

Charles Fey’s improvement allowed the player to hold certain drums still after the first spin, while pulling the handle to spin the remaining drums. This in effect was the first ‘hold’ and ‘draw’ combination.

Over the following years, people’s interest in poker card machines diminished, with only an occasional hiccup of interest every now and again. It wasn’t until the late 1970s that the poker machine was reborn into the video poker machine, thus rekindling the love of video poker.

The first of these machines appeared along side of the personal computer. It was this technology which made the video poker machine a reality. With its solid state circuitry, and its television like monitor, this clunky machine would give rise to the poker machines of today. These machines have made their homes in bars, casinos and even online.

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Video Poker Games – How Real Do They Play?

By: David Olsen

Video poker games are the software version of a simulation
of playing poker in a real life setting. While nothing
beats the real life game, these video poker games offer
real fun and lots of winning chances.

Another type of video poker games is those that are
designed to help you learn and improve your skills in a
real life games. There’s video poker games available for
just about every type of traditional poker games. Here’s a
list of some of the more popular video poker games: Omaha
Hold ’em, Texas Hold ’em, Seven Card Stud, Blackjack, the
World Series of Poker event, and Caribbean Stud Poker. You
will also find many variations.

There’s video poker online, as well as in your land casinos.
You can also get these video poker games for your handheld
electronics. No mater how you choose to play video poker
games, you’re sure to find excitement, fun and lots of
chances to win.

Some of the most popular online video poker games are Texas
Hold’em, jacks or better video poker and deuces wild video
poker. There’s several sites online where you can download
the software, and play for free or real money. For the
poker fan, there’s a wealth of opportunity for fun,
excitement and many winnings.

If you’re looking to learn strategy, several video poker
games have been designed to teach you strategies and the
rules. There’s several produced by the world’s most
talented professional poker players. What better way than
to learn from the professionals.

Just as in person-to-person poker, the video poker games
involve chance and skill. One of the neat things about
video poker games is that they are available whenever you
want to play. The online gaming sites that offer video
poker games are never closed. You don’t have to worry
about who is going to show up or if you’ll have enough
people to play. There are always people playing online
video poker games no matter the time of day or night.

The basics of the rules are pretty much the same as when
you’re playing with the traditional 52-card deck. With
video games, the rules, the table bets, and other things
that must be determined in real life are already set for
you. All you have to do is read the rules, and begin play.

If you haven’t played video poker games, you owe it to
yourself to check them out. Beware, they’re lost of fun
and can be addictive.

Have fun and good luck.

David Olsen has been writing about online casinos and casino strategy for over five years and is considered an
authority in the online gambling world. His latest website Play Video Poker is all about video Poker with special attention paid to Online Poker. Have a look.

Mr. Olsen works from home and is married with one young son.