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Video poker first became popular in casinos in the 1970's. Online video poker didn't exist then, because the Internet didn't exist then. Things sure have changed.

The original video poker game was a video variation of five card draw poker, but it didn't really catch on. But then someone you added an even money payout to a pair of jacks or better, and Jacks or Better video poker was born. Even though the payout percentage wasn't necessarily much better than the original draw poker games, this new version of video poker provided the kind of periodic positive feedback that a gambler needs in order to keep playing. (Even though the even money payback is something of an illusory type of positive feedback.)

Online Video PokerVideo poker, like its cousin the slot machine, is actually an ideal game to be played at an online casino. Even more so, really, since video poker machines were never mechanical to begin with. Video poker has always consisted of a computer program which simulated a deck of 52 cards. The move to a computer based, online version of video poker is a natural one, and video poker is easily one of the most popular casino games in any online casino.

And over the last 30 years, countless varieties and variations of video poker have become available, both online and in traditional land based casinos. Many of these variations are just the usual Jacks or Better video poker games with different payouts, like Bonus Poker. Some of them have wild cards, like Deuces Wild. And some video poker variations are almost a completely different ballgame, like Pickem Poker.

Why People Play Online Video Poker Games

People love to play video poker for various reasons. One of the best reasons is that video poker is a game of skill. Some people might enjoy mindlessly plunking coins into a slot machine and hoping, but many people enjoy the challenge of playing a game skillfully and being rewarded for their skill. Since you decide which cards to keep and which ones to throw away in video poker, the skill factor determines how well the machine pays out. (The skill factor combined with the pay table, of course.)

Another reason video poker players are so devoted to their game is that it offers one of the lowest house edges in the casino. A full pay Jacks or Better video poker game has a house edge of only 0.5% or so, which makes it a better game than most blackjack games. Full pay and not so ugly Deuces Wild video poker games have similarly low house edges, and a full pay Deuces Wild game played with perfect strategy actually gives the player an edge over the casino. (Good luck finding a full pay Deuces Wild game anymore though.)

Video poker offers the same possibility of getting a large win or a jackpot as other jackpot type games like slot machines. The top prize on most Jacks or Better games is 800 to 1 when you're playing max coin. That means if you're playing 5 coins on a dollar machine, you could win $5 X 800, or $40,000 for hitting a royal flush. That's a respectable jackpot to win for any gambling machine player.

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