The History Of Video Poker

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Video Poker is simply a combination of two popular forms of gambling: the slot machine with the poker game. Winning a game of Video Poker involves a combination of player skill with genuine luck, making it a favorite with players. The game of poker is thought to have originated back in 1830, where it is recorded as having been played by French immigrants living in New Orleans. Video Poker uses a version of the game called five-card draw poker. Meanwhile, the coin-operated card machine (known affectionately as a slot) was originally invented in the late 19th century, with poker machines appearing in San Francisco in 1890. These machines were very basic by todays standards, using real cards rather than symbols.

The machines declined in popularity throughout the first half of the 20th century. Economic difficulties combined with the limited technology of the machines themselves meant that people just werent interested in playing anymore. A very primitive electronic poker machine was released in 1964 but achieved only moderate success.

It wasnt until the mid-1970s that the Video Poker machine as we know it today became available. Advances in technology meant that a...

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