The Recorded History of Video Poker

Friday, 5. March 2010

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Electronic-Poker is simply a mixture of two well-known forms of wagering: the slots using the poker game. Winning a game of Electronic Poker requires a combination of player ability with good fortune, making it a favorite with bettors. The game of poker is believed to have begun back in 1830, where it’s recorded as having been enjoyed by French migrants dwelling in New Orleans. Video Poker uses a variation of the game referred to as five-card draw poker. Meanwhile, the coin-operated card machines (better-known affectionately as a "slot machine") was originally invented in the late 19th century, with poker machines showing up in San Francisco in Eighteen Ninety. These machines were incredibly simple by today’s standards, using actual cards instead of symbols.

The machines dropped in popularity throughout the first half of the 1900’s. Economic issues combined with the restricted technologies of the machines themselves meant that persons just were not interested in gambling anymore. A quite simple electronic digital poker device was released in 1964 but achieved only average success.

It was not until the mid-70’s that the Electronic-Poker device as we know it today started to be accessible. Advances in technologies meant that a computer chip (CPU) could be used inside the machines to give them a "brain", whilst a video screen showed the action to the gambler.

Meanwhile, gambling house operators searched for new high-profit games, and the blend of a video slot using the extra traditional game of five-card draw poker proved to be a winning combination from the old and new. The very first Video Poker machine was built in ‘76 by Bally Manufacturing. It was black and white only, but a color version was developed just 8 months later, released by the Fortune Coin Business. Over the next few years, chips started to be cheaper to mass produce, and much more gambling houses introduced Electronic-Poker machines as they grew to become more financially viable. A version referred to as Draw Poker was launched in ‘79 by a corporation now known as IGT, and it achieved amazing success.

Electronic Poker genuinely took off inside early 1980s where it grew to become popular in gambling houses across Las Vegas. Players discovered themselves less intimidated by a machine than they were when seated at a table in front of others. The reputation of the game has continuously increased throughout the last 25 years and it can now be discovered in the majority of casinos throughout the world, along with bars and on the Net.

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