A BRIEF HISTORY

The exact origin of play poker has been mysterious. However, its roots would seem to lie in a 16th-century Persian card game known as As Nas and in the European card game of Primer, which, used to be quite all the rage in Elizabethan England. As Nash used to be played with twenty cards, and bluffing had been a main part of the game.


Primer, or Prim era as it had been called in Spain, had involved betting and valued hands,inclusive of pairs, three of a kind, and three of the same suit, referred to as a ‘flux.’ 

The derivative ‘flush’ is the modern-day term for a suited poker hand.By the 18th century, the betting and bluffing traits of poker had been present in several five-card games, inclusive of the English game of Brag, the German game Po chen (the word ‘po chen’ would mean ‘to bluff’), and the  French game that’s called Poque.

When French colonists had arrived to inhabit the Louisiana territory in the 1700s, they had brought poque with them, and the name of the game had ultimately been tailored to the Americanterm ‘online poker.The game had taken hold around the city of New Orleans, and in the early 1800s, it had begun to spread north, as steamboats had plied the Mississippi River, transporting goods and passengers to inland ports.

By the mid-1800s, poker was modified to a fifty-two-card deck and had been described in the books about card games. Poker was continuing to spread as the West was settling, and its popularity was mushroomingduring the Civil War, when Union soldiers were being exposed to the game, as they were moving southward. Poker had been steadfastly ingrained in America by the turn of the century and was being played almost everywhere throughout the United States, and also in many foreign countries.

The games that were being played were draw poker, a form of closed poker, where all of the cardshad been dealt face down, and stud poker, where the hands had been open – that is, some ofthe cards had been dealt face up.

In the early 1900s, a new form of open poker was starting hand to emerge.  Known as Texas hold’em, it was being widely played throughout the South, particularly in the stateof Texas.  Although Stud poker had arrived in Las Vegas when gambling was being legalized in the 1930s, hold’em had not been introduced in Nevada to any conspicuous extent until the early 1970s.  Two methods were said to be responsible for the speedy growth in popularity of this game.

The first had been the prominent World Series Of poker, which in 1970 had accepted Texas hold’ em as the game to establish the world champion.  The second method had been a book titled hold’em poker, which had been written by noted gambling authority and Poker expert David Sklansky.

Having been printed in 1976, this text had been the first to compute Texas hold’em and thus making the game available to the average poker player. As for draw poker, it had diminished, except in California, where it had been the only form of poker legal until 1987.

Now that stud and Hold’em poker have also been legal in the Golden State, high draw is almost vanished, and lowball draw also seems to be gradually disappearing. Currently, the two overriding forms of poker in the United

States would be seven-card stud and texas hold’em, although many other types of poker are being played in legal cardrooms across the Nation, as well as in other countries.In its present layout, poker is deemed uniquely American, yet it is attractive internationally, and today, poker is graded among the most accepted card games in the World.