History of Poker

Introduction
Poker is the real craze these days, with Texas Hold'em variants being the game that enjoys enormous popularity. All over the globe poker lovers are playing Texas Hold'em games and its popularity seems to be growing at the speed of light.

Playing Texas Hold'em without any fees at online poker tables has become incredibly popular over the recent years. Many wonder about the origin of this game. Who invented it and who were the pioneers of online poker? To answer these questions let’s go back and learn about the history of poker.

History of Poker
When digging into the history of poker, we can come across a lot of different stories about how poker originated and there seems to be no clinching proof of a father of this game. Still, most of these stories agree that in all probability, poker is the result of mixing several different games.

Poker is believed to have a Chinese origin. It is thought to have appeared around 900 A.D, like other gamble games. Since cards were not invented yet, the Chinese played this type of poker with skillfully painted dominoes. The game 'domino cards', which is considered to be the oldest variant of poker, came into use in 969 A.D. due to the Chinese Emperor Mu Tsung.

Another possible predecessor of the modern poker was German 'Pochspiel'. The word 'poker' is likely to be derived from the first element of the word 'Pochspiel'. The rules of this German game resemble the rules of the modern poker. According to one more theory, poker has an Indian origin and comes from the card game 'Ganjifa' which consisted of 96 painted playing cards and had different betting game variations.

Finally, the most widely spread theory about the origin of poker claims that Poker comes from the French name called 'Pogue'. This was the game which was popular in the XV century. It was played with the card deck of 52 cards and 4 suits. Pogue players used bluffing and betting. Due to the French colonials, this game took root in the North American continent in the early years of the XVII century, but the game gained much more popularity in the first half of the XVIII century in New Orleans.

During the time of American Civil War, soldiers used to play this game to entertain themselves. Pogue gave rise to different versions of the game such as 'Stud' and 'Drawi'. The word Pogue was transformed into 'Poker' in 1834 by a player Jonathan H. Green. He mastered card games in prison and when he was set free he went to the Mississippi Riveri to teach others how to play pogue. Green was a great fan of this new game and one fine day he announced that it was to be renamed to Poker.

History of Texas Hold'em
There is no clear theory about the origin Texas Hold'em. What is known for sure is that Texas Hold'em was played for the first time in Robstown in Texas in the end of the XIX century. It was the World Series of Poker Tournament (WSOP), which brought this game popularity in 1970.