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On the riverboats of the Mississippi river and in the saloons of the Old West in the 1800s, draw poker and five-card stud were the standard gambling card games. By the 1900s, Americans across the country were playing these same poker games on Friday night with friends and family. However, you really had to play a lot of poker and understand the game completely before you would venture into a card room to play poker. That notion might have been true until video poker was introduced in the late 1970s. Here was a new, simple and entertaining computerized game that you could play alone without being intimidated by the dealers and other players. It immediately became a very big hit with casino patrons across the land.

The first video machines were introduced in Las Vegas in 1976. These early machines were limited on payouts but did have a $1,500 royal flush payout on the dollar machines if all five coins were inserted. Once the casino operators and manufacturers increased the payouts (to levels like eight or nine coins for a full house, for example), players started to take notice and the game's popularity began to improve. Today casino managers are moving old slots out and installing new video games as fast as possible. Video poker is not only popular with patrons; it's also one of the best games in the casino for a player.


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