Video poker

In the good old days there were small slots placed in places like pizzerias and shops where you could win a few coins every now and then. The video poker slot was the first type of casino game a lot of people saw. Today it is easier than ever to find a casino and casino games to play. You no longer have to visit an arcade to play them for free or a casino to play for money. All you need is an internet connection and a computer, iPad or a mobile phone and you are good to go.

The history of video poker

The predecessor to the modern video poker was created in 1891 by Sittman and Pitt. The game consisted of 50 symbols of playing cards placed on wheels. The game excluded the jack of hearts and the ace of spades. The goal of the game is to get the best poker game possible. The mechanic Charles Frey developed the game even further when he presented the first slot game in 1895 called the Liberty Bell. It would take time, until the 1970’s, before the card symbols would reappear in a slot machine thru Dale Electronic Poker-Matic who released the first video poker slot. At that time it was not a success. Si Redd was the name of a man who convinced the company Bally to patent a whole new kind of machine. At the same time he started the company Sircoma that today is known as IGT (International Gaming Technology). Redd released the video slot Draw Poker that gained popularity in casinos in the 1980’s.

Since the 1990’s the amount of video poker slots have increased dramatically, especially since casinos moved over to the internet. To be able to create a digital game opened up for whole new possibilities in design and function. Today most game developers have created their own video poker slots that can be enjoyed at casinos online.

How do I play video poker?

So how does a video poker slot work? That depends on which slot you choose to play. Basically you need to bet a sum of money and then press a button to see your cards. You can choose to exchange cards or to keep them. The goal is to gather up as good a poker hand as possible. The better hand, the higher win. Some video poker slots will use jokers as wilds, some will not. A close look a a couple of them will reveal the differences.

Deuces Wild

In this video poker slot the deuces are wilds which means that they can replace every other card to help you get a better hand. The lowest paying hand is three of a kind which gives you two times your bet. The best paying hand is a Royal Flush and that will give you as much as 250 times your original bet. This is followed by four of a kind which pays 200 time the bet and a royal straight flush that pays 20 times the bet.

Jacks or Better

With Jacks or Better there are no wilds. This means that it is a little harder to get good hands together. This is compensated by the fact that the lowest paying hand is a pair of jacks instead of three of a kind as in Deuces Wild. How much you win depends on which bet level you are using. You can bet between one and five coins per hand. The highest paying hand is a Royal Flush followed by a Straight Flush and four of a kind.

As you will notice, the different kinds of video poker will differ a bit in paytable and gameplay. As the developers puts more effort into video poker we will see even more variation in the games.

Where can I play video poker online?

As mentioned you can find a video poker slot at almost every online casino. Which video poker slot the casino offers depends on which game developer or developers the casino uses. Today most game developers have created their own version of a video poker slot for the casinos the work with. As the game seems to stay popular among casino players we are sure that more slots will be produced by even more developers in the future.

You can choose to play video poker for money or to try the slots for free. The latter can be done in one of three ways. You can find a casino that allows you to create a free account that will have play money which you can use to try out the casinos games, including video poker slots. Another option is to visit one of the many affiliate sites online. These sites usually provide information and/or a review of the games and they also offer you the chance to try the games for free. The last option is to visit the developer’s own website where you can find all of their games and also try them for free.