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Video Poker History

The history of video poker is quite longer than it might appears to be. Since the 19th century, poker has been around in a form, when compared to its current status, and the ancestors of video poker have been as well. Here’s how video poker got its beginning.

The history of video poker is as follows

History of Early Video Poker

In the year 1891, Sittman and Pitt in Brooklyn, Newyork invented the first machine that resembled a video poker machine. However, there was obviously no actual video in that machine, but the machine did randomly create poker hands. 

Due to the larger number of combinations, the machine did not have an automatic payout. Upon the proprieter of the company it was necessary, usually in a bar, where the machine was placed to pay patrons. The machine worked similarly to that of a slot machine, in  which players used to pull a lever to set the drums that produced the poker hand in motion.

History of Video Poker in the 20th Century

During 1970’s, computer technology was rapidly advanced, because of which true video poker machines were created and marketed. In 1979, Sircoma, which is the ancestor to International Game Technology (IGT) created a draw poker, that began to appear in Casinos. The Video poker games then immediately got famous and grew to include different variations of draw poker (with wild cards).

 Current status of Video Poker

As technology has developed a lot, and so the video poker machines, which remains as popular as ever. Furthermore, video poker translates neatly to online casino play, and it has improved a considerable following. Today also many of the video poker machines provides a progressive jackpot, a jackpot which fed into many linked machines and that often produces a good deal of massive prize pool for video poker players to shoot at.