Has the technological boom taken over traditional casino houses one by one and ransacked every bit of old world artifact from yesteryear? “Unfortunately that’s the direction in which the times are heading”. This would be the answer of the more conservative players who romanticize the old days. The more tech-junkie gamblers see the casino’s progress in land-based technology and certainly in online gambling as an exciting new era of a generation. The pros and cons of the debate will be left for the time being for another panel. Presently we will discuss the reformation of poker, the most classic of games; one that has gathered around it gun-touting cowboys in saloons and high rollers in Vegas, into a high-tech video interactive machine. Are we moving on with the times or slowly seeing the destruction of an ancient friend?
Ok, so perhaps we exaggerated a bit. The traditional poker game with the round table is not showing any signs of leaving the casino floor any time soon. The faster-paced video poker has simply added a new element to the age-old game and built on its simplistic genius for a rainbow of interactive playing options. Video Poker has been around since the 1970’s and has been a very welcomed addition to the casino floor. Its popularity is seen perhaps even stronger in online gambling, where anxious players at home see their wish for playing alone and not wait for a full table realized by Video Poker’s features. Almost three decades and hundreds of variations and twists to video poker have only enriched the game. It has produced the fun of the slots, the independence of blackjack, and the wide variety of the gambling world as a whole, all in one machine. One should therefore be watchful before declaring an end to an era and arousing fears among the old-timers and vintage players.