Unlike the table version, the player may discard all 5 of their original cards if they so choose.
Pay tables allocate the payouts for hands and are based on how rare they are, the game variation, and the decision of the game operator.
Video poker became more firmly established when SIRCOMA, which stood for Si Redd's Coin Machines, and which evolved over time to become International Game Technology, introduced Draw Poker in 1979.
Throughout the 1980s, video poker became increasingly popular in casinos, as people found the devices less intimidating than playing table games.
Today video poker enjoys a prominent place on the gaming floors of many casinos.
The game is especially popular with Las Vegas locals, who tend to patronize locals casinos off the Las Vegas Strip.
Video poker first became commercially viable when it became economical to combine a television-like monitor with a solid state central processing unit.
These local casinos often offer lower denomination machines or better odds.After inserting money (or a bar-coded paper ticket with credit) into the machine, play begins by placing a bet of one or more credits and pressing the "deal" button.