History of Poker. When Did it Start and Where?

January 27, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Poker Tips

History of Poker

We thought it would be interesting to go back in time and look at the History of Poker. You can probably find many stories about the origin of poker and how poker became extremely popular in our times. These days you can play different types play poker for real money. Casinos, poker nights at friends house, and online poker rooms help us polish our skills on the daily basis.

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Origin of Poker

The history of poker is a matter of debate. Poker has many variations, and most people agree that the game in its present form is probably a version of a variety of games. The most common belief is that poker was born in France, and the name of the game is derived from the French word ‘Pogue’.

This was a game that was played in the 15th century, with the card deck as we know it today, 52 cards and 4 suits. It was a card game that included bluffing and betting. The French colonials brought Pogue to Canada and after that to the United States in the beginning of the 17th century, but the game became really popular in the beginning of the 18th century in New Orleans.

During the American Civil War, many soldiers played the game to pass the time. From this first Pogue game, different versions evolved, like ‘Stud’ and ‘Draw’. Pogue turned into ‘Poker’ in 1834 by a gambling fan called Jonathan H. Green. He learned how to play card games in prison. After his release he went to the Mississippi River to show off his new acquired skills and he became a professional card player. He discovered the different versions of the ‘Pogue’ game there. Green fell in love with this new game and since then he decided the game should be called Poker.

History of Texas Hold’em Poker

Read the history of Texas Hold’em Poker. Robstown in Texas is considered the city when the first time Texas Hold’em version of poker was played in 1900. The history of this version of the game is yet unknown. What made Texas Hold’em really famous was the World Series of Poker Tournament. The WSOP exists since 1970, where it took place for the first time at the Horseshoe in Las Vegas and ever since then the game Texas Hold’em, has been played by poker players all over the world.

Online Texas Hold’em

Thanks to the internet it is no longer necessary for gamblers to travel all the way to Las Vegas,  they can play online poker games from the comfort of their homes.  Nowadays gambling is possible from people’s own living room. It’s not quite clear what the first website was that gave players the opportunity to play online poker games, because all the Texas Hold’em entered the internet approximately around the same time at the start of the success of online casinos, in the nineties of the twentieth century. Chris Moneymaker, WSOP champion in 2003 and Greg Raymer, winner of the WSOP 2004 main event were both qualified through poker rooms on the internet. Both these players are amateurs who won huge professional poker tournaments and play online poker games for real money.

Nobody ever knows how a classic card game really originates because at the time it does so its originators do not know that it is going to become a classic and so keep no record of history of poker.


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