The History of Poker

The origins of poker are a bit unclear. What is pretty clear, though, is that people young and old, for fun or for profit, now play poker across the United States. Here’s how the modern-day game of poker came to be.

French Parlor Game Poque

You can find the beginnings of poker in a game called As-Nas that was played centuries ago. It had a deck of 20 cards with five ranks. Each player got five cards and it involved bluffing.

People in France played a similar game called Poque. This game became popular in New Orleans due to French traders and sailors. Like As-Nas, Poque was also played with a 20-card deck.

Modern Day Poker

In the mid-1800s, the modern 52-card deck was created. Poque evolved into what we know as poker. It’s a five-card game where a player wins by either having the best hand or bluffing that they do.

During the American Civil War, soldiers on both sides of the conflict played poker when they wanted to pass the time. The surviving soldiers spread poker throughout the United States.

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World Series of Poker

The popularity of poker really took off when the first World Series of Poker game was played in 1970. This was an invitation-only tournament that brought together some of the best poker players from across the United States. The first event took place at Binion’s Horseshoe casino in Las Vegas.

Texas Holdem Poker

This is the most popular variant of poker. It was invented in Texas in about 1925 and became very popular in the 2000s through TV and the internet.

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