- Poker History
Nobody can say for sure where poker originated, but most people believe that the game was derived from a number of old games from around the world. One of the very first betting card games similar to poker is a German game called Pochspiel which dates all the way back to the 15th century. A game called As Nas which is a Persian card game is also similar to poker and a lot of people believe this game might have had something to do with the origins of poker. A French game called Poque is another game from a long time ago that is very close to poker. With all these different games being played throughout numerous different countries over the past few centuries it’s hard to pinpoint just one game that helped poker originate.
The game of poker itself was originated hundreds of years ago in the 1700’s in the United States. The game moved through underground gambling establishments throughout the Mississippi River area and quickly started spreading to all of the mining camps during the gold rush era. Gambling has always been a huge hobby of people for hundreds of years and although the popularity has only begun to spike, poker has been around for a long time.
Throughout the 1800’s and the early 1900’s the game of poker went through a lot of changes and improvements. The hand rankings were still being constructed at this point for the game of poker and there were also several variations of poker being developed at this point in time. Poker remained a card game in the underground bars for years until the late 1900’s when poker finally started becoming organized.
In the 1970’s the World Series of Poker was established and it helped poker players organize legal events in the country. All of the early WSOP events were really small compared to the size of the tournaments today, but without the early pioneers that shaped the game we might not even be playing the game we all love today. One of the players that started playing when poker was still an underground game is Doyle Brunson who still plays poker to this day. Doyle Brunson has just been referred to as the Babe Ruth of Poker by ESPN and this is quite the accomplishment.
Over the past 40 years poker has moved into the mainstream and now almost everybody has played a bit of poker in their lifetime. With online poker helping spread the game around the world it didn’t take long for poker to become one of the most popular hobbies in the world. One thing about gambling in the casino is that most games require luck rather then skill, but when you play poker you’ll need to have some skills. Another reason why poker has been able to take in popularity is because of the whole cam which made poker a spectator sport. Poker has only begun expanding and there are lots of opportunities for regular day people to make a big name for themselves playing this wonderful card game.