Monday, September 22, 2008

The birthplace and evolution of poker


Do you know the birthplace of poker and its’ history of evolution? One of the most popular belief is that the Chinese invented it around 900 A.D., possibly derived from Chinese dominoes. Others state that it originates from the Persian game "as nas". This is a 5-player game, which requires a special deck of 25 cards with 5 suits. However, this is only recorded back to the 17th century.
Another theory calls on French "poque". The French who settled New Orleans around 1480 played Poque, a card game involving bluffing and betting. This was stated to be the first using a deck consisting of spades, diamonds, clubs and hearts.
Fragments of cards have been tentatively dated to 12th/13th century in Egypt. Some propose that modern cards originated from the Indian card game of Ganjifa.

It has evolved through the years, through many backroom games to present day casinos around the world. Its history is rich with famous places and characters.
Today, it is carefully regulated by gambling laws, but it is played more than any other card game. It has grown into a sporting event, with worldwide competitions and tournaments.
In less than two centuries time, poker has changed drastically. Once a game mainly played by cheats, outlaws, and knife-makers aboard riverboats, it has developed into a celebrated 'sport' played worldwide.
If you compare the prizes of major worldwide sporting events, you will find that the monetary outcome of any given event in it would (pardon the pun) stack up. Today is one of the fastest growing, but hardly recognized sporting events. The World Poker Tour could change that. The WPT is a series of televised worldwide championship events and the mission of the WPT is to turn tournaments into a televised sport.
The pinnacle of the poker game is WSOP. This annual event attracts players worldwide every year to compete for money and titles as the world's top players. Every May, the only place players want to be is at the WSOP at Binion's Horseshoe in Las Vegas, NV.

Now you’ve already know where poker is from and how it evolves to today’s features?

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