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POKER HISTORY

    Poker is believed to have originated in New Orleans shortly after 1800. It is similar to the English card game “Brag” and the Persian game “As Nas”. However, nobody knows the exact origin of poker.

    Poker spread rapidly from New Orleans to the Mississippi River Basin. The huge numbers of riverboats were often a setting for high-stakes poker games, both honest and otherwise.

    Originally, poker was played with a stripped deck with only one betting round and no chance of improving. The game of poker had evolved into draw with a fifty-two card deck by the middle of the nineteenth century. Poker spread throughout the United States after the Civil War and became our national card game.

    Draw poker migrated to Europe via England in the latter part of the nineteenth century. In a number of European countries such as Sweden and Italy, draw is the favored form of poker. Poker is slowly making its presence feel worldwide.

    For e.g. in 1992 when I visited Nepal, a small country whose capital city Katmandu had a weekly pot-limit poker Omaha eight-or-better game! Limit betting is actually a modern invention. You could bet whatever money was in front of you whenever you wanted to in the good old days.

    No-limit poker or pot-limit poker was the favored way to play the game in most countries outside North America. Until top European poker players started visiting Las Vegas and other places in America, they never even played limit poker.

    In most of the Hollywood movies, it is shown that if you bet more than the rival poker player has in front of him, he should either scurry around town to raise the money or forfeit the pot. Due to such a rule, even the wealthiest poker player has the power to win any pot by simply betting all his money.

    Why would any other poker player play in such a poker game? From my experience, I can tell you that this situation is completely fictitious. I have studied the special collections of old and rare books at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas University which has a lot of information about nineteenth century poker.

    There was no reference to the stupid “comb the town” rule in any of the books. Poker has always used our present method of simply allowing poker players to call for what they have in front of them and refunding any extra amount wagered to the bettor.   

    Poker games have evolved from the draw games which were once the only method of play. Around the time of the Civil War, stud poker arrived. During the early part of this century, hold’em poker was invented in Texas.

    World Poker Champion Johnny Moss says he played the poker game in Dallas when it was introduced there in 1925. many old time Texas poker players think that the poker game originated in Robstown, Texas.

    Omaha reached Las Vegas and London in 1984. Certain forms of poker which were unknown in the US were played in other countries like “Irish” in England, “Sowsum” in Canada and “Manila” in Southeast Asia.

    The annual event determining the World Poker Champion for a particular year is the most prominent example of the use of big-bet poker. This is the five-day $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em poker contest held every spring at Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas.

    Pot-limit poker and no-limit poker cash games are favored by both Stewart and me. However, poker tournament events which use this type of betting are very popular. In no-limit hold’em poker, there is a final gala event to crown a poker champion.

    By going out and winning a major poker championship, some of the readers might put the knowledge of big-bet poker to good use. Many programs such as “Late Night Poker” and “Poker Million” have done a lot to popularize the game of poker in Britain.

    We will see more televised poker tournaments then ever before in the future. Many new poker players have been created because of television and most of the poker players are in the vice-like grip of no-limit hold’em poker.



 

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