is a card game with many theories
about its history and many debates about its origins. Poker may have
around for more than ten centuries in the form of other card games. It
is believed that the word 'poker' was derived from an underworld slang
word 'poke' - this was a term used for pickpockets. When card-sharks
somebody out of their money they boasted about having 'poked' that
An 'r' was added to the term 'poke' so that the sharks could refer to
they were doing in front of their victims, who would be none the wiser!
there seems to be no clear
ancestor to the game, for the United States at least, Poker has a
history. Poker began in New Orleans when the French settlers introduced
poque in the 18th century. This was a card game which involved betting
and bluffing and there are many game historians who believe that this
where poker originates. There have been many modifications to the game,
including 'stud poker', the 'draw' and the 'straight' which became
during the Civil War. Slowly 'poker', as the game became known, spread
to other states via steamboats, wagons and trains.
evolved into a deck of 32 cards. During the
1830s a 52 card deck became the norm. In 1875 the joker was introduced
as a wild card. At the end of the Civil War poker reached the towns of
the Old West. It wasn't long before they realized that easy money could
be made from playing (or perhaps cheating at) poker. Legends were
involving the potent mixture of saloons, poker and guns. Brave gamblers
in the old west towns of Dodge City and Deadwood could be found taking
their chances with their backs to the walls and their guns at the ready.
end of the 19th century, gambling
and poker had spread throughout both the United States and the world.
states and cities began to see an opportunity for raising money. They
the gambling dens to raise money for their communities.
casinos have taken over
from the saloons and the game is strictly regulated by gambling laws.
is played more than any other card game in the world and has even
a sporting event, offering very rich pickings for the serious player.
there is no doubt that poker has a rich and interesting history.