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A Look Back: The History of Poker

As the world's most popular card game, Poker has a rich history that dates back to as early as the 19th century. This means that people from different cultures have been enjoying poker for more than ten centuries. Each country had its own interpretation of the game but all have the basic principles of raked cards or domino combination and the use of "bluffing" to deceive the opponents.

Let's take a step back and see when poker started and how it evolved throughout the centuries in different parts of the globe.

Ancient Beginnings of Poker

Ancient beginnings of Poker

There are many contradicting accounts as to when poker actually started but many people believe it originated in China in 900 A.D. Historians agree that the Chinese game of domino cards heavily contributed to the development of poker.

Let's look at the timeline of how variations of poker were developed all over the world.

The Birth of Modern Poker

Birth of modern Poker

During the Wild West period in the United States history, every town had a saloon with Poker table. It became extremely popular during the American Civil War. Many soldiers from both armies played 'Poque' to pass the time and from this, different versions of card games sprung such as 'Stud' and 'Draw.'

Two centuries passed and poker never looked back. From its humble beginnings on the banks of Mississippi, the popularity of Poker has grown leaps and bounds, resulting in numerous variations that we know of today.

The variations of poker namely 5 Card Draw, 7-Card Stud, Texas Hold'em, Razz, Omaha, and Stud poker mostly dominate the modern day poker scene.

Poker is so popular they even have their own World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker, which are basically the Olympics of the game. There are also TV events such as the National Heads Up Poker Championship and the World Series Poker Tournament of Champions being filmed for prime time TV viewing.

And with the advent of technology, poker expanded its horizon and is not limited to live poker rooms only. The popularity of Internet casinos allows poker enthusiasts to play the game online, in virtual poker rooms, any time anywhere.

Online poker sites offer a wide variety of games and allow players to play multiple games at the same time. It has become so accessible that even beginners can easily master the game with the help of the loads of information that can be found in the web.

With the ever growing community of poker enthusiasts in the UK and all around the world, poker will continue to grow and be the number one card game of choice. Join in the craze and find the best online poker site for you and see for yourself why many are getting hooked to this game!

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