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Hollywood picked up this national interest in poker and made a number of poker-themed movies that were quite popular and boosted interest in the games. Suddenly, poker was "in" in Las Vegas and the rush was on by the big Strip hotels to build fancy poker rooms to attract the high rollers in search of game.

In the late 1980s and through the 1990s legalized gambling exploded across America. The main reasons were the passage of the Indian Casino Gaming Act by Congress in 1987 and the approval of statewide casino gaming in Mississippi. And this led to the great gambling boom experienced all through the 1990s which will probably continue well into the new millennium.

This proliferation of casinos led to increased competition for the gambling dollar-attracting many new gamblers who either weren't interested or didn't want to take the time to learn traditional games such as blackjack, craps, and roulette. The casinos wanted to exploit this new market by offering fun games that were easy to play. Realizing that most gamblers knew at least the basics of poker, but would probably be too timid to sit in on a traditional poker games, they designed and introduced the poker variation games described in this.

These variations were an immediate success. With their built-in bonuses, they attracted the less experienced players who love the excitement of getting back three, four, five or more times their basic bet. Corporate casino management and stockholders loved these poker variation games too, because they possess a higher house edge and therefore yield a much higher profit than the other table games.
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