Video poker is a video machine game that you will find in most casinos around the world. The game is standard poker but without human interaction. On a typical video poker machine, the payouts start iwth a minimum hand of a pair of jacks, also known as Jacks or Better.
Video poker only became commercially viable when it was affordable for machine operaters to combine a monitor with a solid state processing unit. The earliest video poker machines were produced around the same time as the first personal computers were produced, in the mid 1970s.
Throughout the 80s video poker became a popular game in casinos, as players found these devices less intimidating than playing table games. Today you can find a video poker machine in the prominent areas of a casino.
There are newer video poker machines, which play a variant of the basic five card draw poker game. Another typical variation of video poker is Deuces Wild, where a 2 serves as a wild card and a jackpot is paid for four deuces or a natural royal flush.
The most popular of video poker games is Jacks or Better which is the most common video poker game you'll find in casinos. Payoffs in Jacks or Better begin at a pair of jacks, meaning if you have a pair of 10s you just lucked out. Other variations of video poker include Tens or Better, Deuces Wild, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker and Double Double Bonus.