The origins of poker have been debated for many centuries. Throughout history there is evidence that links many cultures taking part in games that closely resemble the characteristics of the poker we know today.
Some historians believe poker originated in China, where the emperor enjoyed playing domino cards with his wife. Game play was also evident through the 12th and 13th century with Egyptians and into the 16th century where Persians used treasure cards to play a variety of betting games.
In the 17th and 18th century, the French and Germans developed games called Acirc’ and Pochen’, in which strategies such as bluffing were very prevalent. With the discovery of the new world, came the discovery of Poker in Canada and America.
The popularity of the game quickly spread up and down the Mississippi River and throughout the country. Dominos Cards’ has now turned into a giant industry of loyal fans. There are many variations of poker games. These include but aren’t limited to: 5 card draw, 7 Card stud, and now the increasingly popular Texas Hold em.
Texas Hold em has become quite the rage in casinos and living rooms throughout the world due to the rise in popularity of televised poker tournaments such as The World Series of Poker and the World Poker tour. These shows have completely transformed the scope of the poker industry in modern day. Betting and payouts in these events have become enormous.
The World Series Poker event paid out nearly 0 million dollars to the winner last year! With the growing popularity of poker, has come the emergence of many websites that offer online poker play. While sitting in your office in New York, you can be playing No Limit Texas Hold em with a stranger in Beijing. These sites have become fully licensed and regulated so pay outs are 100% legit.
Many sites also offer a player count in which you can see the number of people that are playing at any given time, so there is always competition to be had. Some may argue there are disadvantages to playing poker online. Many top players use the benefit of reading body language, such as eye movement, facial gestures, etc. while playing. In an online tournament environment, you rarely get to use this strategy to your advantage.
However, for the novice player, the best strategy is good old fashion luck, so being physically present with an opponent is not always necessary. With the forever growing age of technology, availability for everyday individuals to partake in poker will only become easier, and that will ensure poker’s popularity for centuries to come.