What is Video Poker?
Online video poker is today one of the most widely played forms of poker, whether on physical consoles in a real world casino, or via the web in an online casino. It first arrived in the mid 1970s when relatively cheap display and computing hardware made them an economic proposition. Although the graphics and overall game experience was very primitive by today’s standards, it was an immediate hit, quickly establishing a major presence on the casino floors of Las Vegas and beyond.
Video poker removes any sort of intimidation that people may feel playing around a packed poker table, and this became even more the case as video poker began to make the transition to internet gaming where people could play from the anonymity of their home.
The majority of video poker games are based on traditional 5-card draw, although with various twists and embellishments to keep things fresh. On depositing a credit, the player is dealt five cards from a standard, albeit virtual, 52 card deck. One or more cards can then be discarded and exchanged for new ones in an attempt to build a winning hand, such as the traditional pair, two pair, three of a kind and so on.
This simple and speedy gameplay is one of the reasons it has taken off so widely, along with its typical payout structure: it’s relatively easy to win a 1:1 payout by getting a pair, and in the event you get the top hand of a royal flush, you can expect anything up to a 1000:1 payout.