Contrary to the popular belief that the game of poker began in the 19th century in the U.S., the roots of the game much further into the story and come from while the Emperor Mu-Tsung ruling in the 10th century AD in China. Although at the time it was with dominos, not cards, the principles, rules and strategies of the game were played, very similar to the modern poker. It is believed that enjoyed the Emperor himself, this domino game with his wife and court officials. This was the beginning of the poker history.
The game what is known as a poker in the future traveled through times and continents to Egypt, India and Persia, where it was in the 12th and 13th centuries known as “Ganjifa” which can be translated as “The Treasure Map”. Such maps were of very thin pieces of fine wood or ivory and only affordable to the very rich. The game reached Europe in the 16th century and was first known as “Primero” in Italy and Spain is very popular, then in France as “Poque” and in Germany as “throbbing”. It was Europe that fits on the cards from the Italian tarot cards introduced.
When French settlers to Canada at the beginning of the 18th century they took their “Poque” with them. It then traveled further south to New Orleans and at first around Louisiana, where it played in the famous floating saloons, and to spread than later throughout the country. One of the earliest mentions of the contemporary poker happened in J Hildreth book “The Dragoon Campaigns to the Rocky Mountains” in 1836. Seemed the game time, a 20-card deck variant with aces, kings, queens, jacks and Ten are played, divided between the players to make the best hand, there was no community cards.
Jonathan Green described poker at the time as the “cheating game” in his book “An Exhibition of Arts and Miseries of Gambling” and then later in his “Reformed Gambler” book. 1857 Allen Dowling described in his guide to New York City 20 Card Poker “one of the most dangerous pitfalls to be found in the city.” However, during this time, the 52-card deck games started to increase their popularity and during the Wild West period and especially during the Civil War poker saloons west coast could be found in every city in the United States from the East to.
The middle of the 19th century saw the introduction of new variant of poker games such as Stud, a cowboy invention from Ohio and Indiana, 5 Card Draw, which began during the Civil War Although winning poker hands were not as we know it today. The issue of The American Hoyle 1864 gives the following winning hands rank “one pair, two pairs, straight sequence or rotation, triplets, flush, full house, fours.” It adds: “If a straight and a flush come together in one hand, it outranks full” but not fours.
Hi-Lo poker games, where a player make a winning hand through getting wither the highest or the lowest hand began in 1903 and was in the thirties and forties of the 20th century the most popular.
The early 20th century saw the birth of the Texas Holdem poker game, which was to come for many years. Originated in Texas it remained a primarily a local variant of poker unknown to the rest of the world until the 1960s. Poker legend Crandell Addington who first played in 1959, he said: “They do not call it Texas hold ’em at the time, they just called it hold’ em …. I thought then that if it were to catch it would have been that. draw poker game, bet only twice, you, keep, you bet four times that you could play strategically meant this was more of a thinking man game “… And how right he was!
It took a few years for Texas Holdem, building on its premises and the poker game. Since a few years the Golden Nugget Casino was the only casino games offer all over the Las Vegas to Texas Holdem. But those were the days began before the poker tournaments. 1970 was the first year the World Series of Poker, WSOP, the set of Benny and Jack Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in her. Texas Holden in the middle of the stage for the first time. Although the first World Series of Poker has failed to win a large number of players, took only 6 players on the first series, there were the figures like Doyle Brunson, Jonny Moss and especially Amarillo Slim, who won the bracelet in the third series has that drew the world’s attention on Texas Holdem. From then on poker and especially Texas Holdem went from strength to strength.
2003, the beginning of a new Golden Era for poker was when an unknown in the armature player Chris Moneymaker won his WSOP bracelet and $ 2.5 million grand prize. This victory changed the world of poker forever. Not only Chris was a very charismatic man of ordinary poker played as a hobby, he was to qualify the first champion to exclusive online poker promotions WSOP. Popularity of online poker rooms hit through the roof this year and for many years to come. Chris showed the usual players in every part of the world that the dream of the top poker prize was within their reach. No one has to pay more to become the champion in the most prestigious live poker events and win millions of dollars, such as online poker rooms are willing to give the tickets to the player’s $ 10,000 buy-in.
It looks like the popularity of online poker is going from strength to strength. This year’s WSOP registration numbers are higher than last year, despite doom and gloom predictions from some analyzes after Black Friday before. Online poker rooms offer players a huge number of satellites to qualify to live poker events generous deposit bonuses and many other online poker offers. Who knows, it might make to the row next to a story and the next WSOP champion?