A Few Words About The Interesting History Of Poker

Poker is a game that is hugely popular all over the world, but mostly with those in higher income groups. According to PlaySolidPoker.com, poker history has evolved over ten centuries and combines the principles of various other games. Popular belief states that it originated with the Chinese, who may have invented the game around 969 AD when Mu-tsung, The Emperor, played a game of domino cards with the queen to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The game has been played in different parts of the world, but of course there were some variations. The Egyptians were believed to play card games as early as the 12th and 13th centuries. The game was also played in Persia around the 16th century and was called names such as “Treasure Cards” and “Ganjifa”. The cards used in these games are believed to have been made from precious and semi precious materials like ivory or costly wood. The games consisted of multiple rounds of betting and hand rankings.

Slowly the game spread to other parts of the world too. “Poque”, a French game and “Pochen”, a German game became popular during the 17th and 18th centuries, and was derived from a hugely popular Spanish game called “Primero”. This game is called affectionately by historians ‘poker’s mother’. It dates back to 1526, and common traits like bluffing or deceiving opponents by faking higher stakes were present in this game. The game was imported by French colonists when they traveled to Canada. With the French-Canadian settlers founding New Orleans, it spread throughout the whole country.

The first written reference to the game of poker dates back to the early 19th century, when Jonathan H. Green mentioned of the “cheating game”, being played on the riverboats of Mississippi. The 3 Card Monte – a game designed to deceive, was quickly replaced by this game. It was accepted by all and sundry because it was conceived as a more honest version of the previous card game concepts. Poker was born, as Green documented it in his book ‘An Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling’.

The popularity of poker spread like wildfire, and back in United States’ Wild West period a poker table was common in all sorts of establishments. Poker was among the most played games during the Civil War. Its position as a widely played game has only strengthened since then. Newer variations have been invented, and many sub variations have sprung up. The modern poker scenario has been dominated by three forms of the game. The very first is a game called the 5 Card Draw, which ruled the roost as the most popular poker game for a whole century. Then there was the 7 card stud game which was prevalent in the days before the Second World War, and survived due to the founding and subsequent growth of Las Vegas. The poker game Cadillac No Limit Texas Hold’em features next on the list. Poker is huge these days and played all around the world in homes, casinos and on online forums.