The history of Poker is full of wonderful facts and here are some that you may not have known according to globalfootballtoday.com.
- Poker is American
Poker began in New Orleans, even though it is not known when the first hand was played, historians believe that poker as we know it developed in the early 18oos in the Louisiana Territory. The name of poker came when there were more English speaking settlers following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
- Only 20 Cards
In the early days of poker, the most common form was played with a 20 card deck and four players. Players were dealt five cards and then would bet on who had the best hand. Playing poker with a 52 card deck is said to have started from 1834 as this was first documented mention.
- The Longest Game
The Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone, Arizona claims that they hosted the longest running game in history; however it is impossible to verify this claim. In 1881 the Bird Cage tournament required a $1000 buy in and featured several iconic old west personalities. The game is claimed to have lasted eight years, five months and three days.
- Poker Chip
Up until the late 1800s poker chips were any small and valuable object, but saloons and gaming houses were looking for standardized units which came in the form of crafted chips out of ivory, bone, clay and wood which were then decorated with unique symbols. In the early 1900s commercial firms began selling manufactured clay chips.
- World Series of Poker
In 1970 in Las Vegas a group of hot shot players gathered to go head to head to discover the first world champion poker player. Instead of a freeze out tournament the winner was decided by voting.
In 1973, CBS broke into the drama of Poker and nationally televised the World Series of Poker from Las Vegas. The prize money for first place was $130 000.
Poker is an ever growing game, with more and more people embracing it in casinos and online nowadays. The popularity of the game will most likely continue to grow.