THE HISTORY OF POKER
& TEXAS HOLD’EM

 Texas Hold ‘Em Began Between 1880 and 1900 in Robstown, Texas

The true history of poker depends on who you talk to. Some historians say it was a offshoot of the French game Poque that was a byproduct of the German game Pochen. Others say it came from a Persian game called Nas and still others argue that it is a close relative to Primero, a card game played during the Renaissance.

Whatever the true genealogy of the game, poker was recognized in the United States as early as the late 1820s. But the way it was played varied dramatically from current day poker games. In 1829 in New Orleans, poker used a total of 20 cards instead of the 52 card deck used today. Later the game was played with a 32 card deck before it moved up to the 52 card deck still in use today.
As Americans moved West, poker moved with them. It became so popular that new games and changes evolved.

  1. In the late 1830s, poker incorporated the use of straights and flushes.
  2. In the early 1850s wild cards were first introduced as part of the game.
  3. In the early 1870s an official rule book was established.
  4. And in the 1880s the game that was to become Texas Hold ‘Em first appeared on the poker scene. 

Today Texas Hold ‘Em is the most popular poker game in casinos and poker card rooms across the world and in online poker rooms. In Hold ‘Em each player may use any combination of the five community cards and the player’s own two hole cards to make a poker hand. In other games like stud or draw each player holds a separate individual hand.

The Texas State Legislature gave official recognition to Robstown, Texas as the birthplace of Texas Hold ‘Em and credited the game with being first introduced in the early 1900s.
But even though Texas Hold ‘Em was introduced in Las Vegas in 1967, it took a group of Texas gamblers and card players like Amarillo Slim to help make the game popular.
In 1969, Texas Hold ‘Em was included in the first ever poker tournament at the Second Annual Gambling Fraternity Convention. That later became the World Series of Poker. There Texas Hold ‘Em took hold growing from eight entrants in 1972 to over 200 in 1991. During that time, Doyle Brunson’s introduced his revolutionary poker strategy guide Super/System which revolutionized the way poker was played. It was introduced to European card players in the early 1980s.
In the early 2000s, Hold Em’s popularity surged because of its exposure on television and the Internet. It replaced 7 card stud as the most common game in U.S. casinos.
Today, the popularity of Texas Hold ‘Em continues to grow primary because of the invention of online poker and the 2003 World Series of Poker championship victory of online qualifier Chris Moneymaker.

That set off a stream of players enjoying online poker sites which allowed players to try out games and also provided an avenue for entry into large tournaments like the World Series of Poker via smaller tournaments known as satellites.
Today it is the most popular poker game and one of the most popular ways to gamble in the world, with games taking place online and probably even in your neighbor’s kitchen.

 

  


 

 

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