International Game Technology PLC (IGT) was built on video poker. According to the company’s website, in 1979, Si Redd and Sircoma (the former company that later became IGT) introduced its very first game patent—a single-game family video poker title called Fortune 1 Draw Poker. Fast forward to 1981… video poker had become the most popular new slot game in casinos, and IGT introduced the concept of video poker bundling with its release of the Game King multi-game.
The company has been innovating in the video poker space ever since. For example, IGT has always believed players are inclined to try out and enjoy new gaming concepts, and in 2002 the company developed a game based on a new patent which used a sixth coin to fund a bonus, which became Super Times Pay Poker game. According to IGT, Super Times Pay Poker game was, and still is, a phenomenal success and it proved that if a feature was compelling and occurred frequently enough, players would pay for it.