The earliest video poker game became available with the use of personal computers in 1970. Although they were fairly primitive versions when compared to the modern software, it was still possible to play. With the production of displays and solid-state central processors, video poker became publicly available. This was a time of fast development of all slot machines and production was in massive quantities.
The IGT Company (the leader in supplying gaming devices) began producing video poker software for poker and gambling establishments in 1979. Gambling without a dealer had officially started and rapidly gained popularity. Today there are tens of millions of slot machine fans worldwide. In the 1980s, this game became more and more popular because people did not have to play at the tables; therefore, they felt more comfortable playing the game. The same year, the idea of video poker with a Multi-Hand option was created.
Video poker is a version of the regular poker game, but is played on a slot machine without a dealer or other players. The main goal of the player is to make the best combination using only five cards. Video poker is played with the usual deck of fifty-two cards. The game play is usually divided into four stages. First, the player chooses his bid amount, then the player is dealt five cards, which are displayed on the screen, and the player can choose the cards that he would like to discard. Once a player has identified the cards that he wishes to discard, other cards replace them, and if he is able to make any poker combination, he wins. Finally, after winning the hand, the player is offered the option to play a bonus game. If he wins that hand, he has just doubled his prize money.