Casino Poker History

The game of poker is one of the best-known and most popular card games in North America. In the U.S. it became exceedingly popular in the mid 1830’s, originally spreading from the Mississippi and Ohio rivers to the east coast via the railroads. The game has remained the same for many years; the last significant change was the introduction of the jokers as wildcards in around 1875.


Video poker is a close relative of the regular game of poker and is derived from a combination of slot machines and five-card draw poker. The major differences between regular poker and video poker is that you are playing against a machine rather than real people, and your goal is to achieve particular hands rather than beat opponents hands (as there are no other players).


The game of video poker is only possible because of the invention of the computer chip, thus it has only been around since the mid 1970’s. Video poker is a term used to refer to several similar games of poker. Each game has slightly different rules and payoffs, but all are played in a similar fashion.

The origin of Poker is widely disputed. There are as many possible birthplaces as there are variations of the game. The most popular belief is that it was invented by the Chinese around 900 A.D., possibly derived from the Chinese dominoes. On New Year’s Eve, 969, the Emperor Mu-tsung is reported to have played “domino cards” with his wife.