The video poker machine is one of the most popular gambling machines in existence today. Part poker, and part video game, its the perfect combination to make it a modern day gambling sensation. Although todays 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...