The history of poker. Where it all started.

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Poker at its simplest is risk vs. reward.  

The greatest poker players understand that poker, like chess, is based around game theory.  This means that you should have a logical plan for each action you take, and be prepared for each possible reaction that may occur.

After understanding these basic elements, the game can get pretty deep.  Even the top professionals who have been playing for years are still learning every time they play.

Be sure to peruse this site thoroughly, as there is a lot to the game which can be learned in a short period of time.  Our goal  is to have all of this information available to you. As well as providing links to any other site you will need to learn or play. Below is a brief timeline of poker and its history.

Enjoy, and as always, good luck at the tables!

  History Timeline

Over 10 centuries old, originating from the same principles that are used to play the game today. Hand rankings/combinations, risk/reward, and the option to bluff you opponent.

900 A.D. –  Chinese emperor Mu-Tsung  plays a variation of poker using ‘domino cards’.

1100 A.D. –  Egyptians begin playing with their own form of playing cards.

1500 A.D. -  Persia begins playing their own variation  called Ganjifa or ‘Treasure Cards’ with a 96 card deck and rounds of betting.

1526 A.D. –  Spanish variation  called ‘Primero’ is invented and leads to a domino effect around the world of similar poker games to this.  Primero is often referred to as the ‘mother of poker’.

1600′s -  The French  variation called ‘Poque’ becomes popular.

1700′s –  German game ‘Pochen’ becomes popular and played throughout the country.

1700′s – Poker first arrives in North America when the French migrate to Canada, and bring their favorite game with them.  When French Canadians founded New Orleans, the game begins to spread through Louisiana, and up the Mississippi River.  Its a short time later that the game begins to explode in America.

1800 A.D. –  The wild west emerges in the U.S., and poker is found throughout out every town and saloon across the country.

1931 – Nevada legalizes casino gambling, and poker is now legally and safely played in the Casino’s throughout the state, with 5 card draw being the most popular game of the time.

1940′s - During WWII, 7 card stud becomes the most popular poker game in the U.S. with help from the thriving Las Vegas industry. 

1970′s – The World Series of Poker is started, with just a few entrants.  They choose to play Texas Hold’em as the game to decide the champion.  Little do they know, but this small group of players are changing the history of poker as we know it.

2003 –  Amateur player Chris Moneymaker wins the World Series of Poker for $2 million, winning his $10,000 entry from a $40 online poker tournament.  This highly televised event creates another poker boom, hundreds of online poker sites open up, and millions of players sign up.

2011 –  Known as ‘Black Friday’ by the poker world, the U.S. removes online poker from the country.

2013 – Online poker returns to the U.S. in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware.  New Jersey poker sites take the immediate lead in the emerging U.S. online poker market.