Video poker is a funny game that can be considered a hybrid of poker and slot machines. it became popular when technology made its manufacturing reasonable. Video poker machines started to surface in the early 1970s. Now, the game comes with high-end technology that players enjoy.
The game cemented its reputation when SIRCOMA or Si Redd’s Coin Machines introduced Draw Poker in the gambling world. SIRCOMA became to be known as the International Game Technology in the coming future.
The 80s saw a steep increase in the demand for Video Poker machines at casinos around the world. The reason behind this inclination was that poker players found video poker more relaxing and less intimidating than its tabled counterpart.
The game has grown to have an exclusive fan base of its own. Video Poker is especially played a lot in Las Vegas. Due to massive competition in Las Vegas, the local casinos offer machines that let players play for lower denominations and higher probability of winning. Unlike the traditional game, experienced players can calculate the odds of winning in video poker.
The machine is started with inserting a token or money in its slot. The button displaying the deal is pressed to start the game. The player has to draw five cards and he is left with the opportunity to discard one of the cards for a new one from the deck displayed on the screen.
After the bet is placed and cards are drawn, the player wins if anyone hand or more hands match the winning combination of the game. The players may also discard all five cards if they chose to do so.
The payouts in the traditional game are set up by the variation of the game being played, house edge, and the decision of the game operator. A conventional paytable pays a minimum to a pair of jacks. All the other had combinations pay the same as in traditional poker such as, pairs, two of a kind, three of a kind, a straight hand, flush in which all the cards are of the same suit, full house in which three of a kind are paired with a pair, four of a kind, straight flush with five cards in ascending order of the same suit, or royal flush in which a player gets a ten, a jack, a queen, a king and an ace of the same suit.
Some machines also pay like progressive slot machines. they offer specially curated bonuses and rewards. However, the stakes may be high for progressive video poker machines. The gaming machines in the USA are regulated by the Indian Gaming Agencies. The agencies have laid down that the machines hall deals with a virtual deck of cards as required by the Nevada Gaming Commission.