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Poker Fun Facts
- It is said that the word "Poker" is derived from an
old German verb "pochen", meaning to brag or bluff.
Some people say that it is derived from a French word "poque".
- The game of playing cards was invented by Chinese in 1120 AD
and it was introduced in Europe in 1130 AD.
- In a poker game, a standard deck of 52 cards is used. Each deck
has 4 suits i.e. Spades, hearts, Clubs and Diamonds.
- The 4 suits in the deck are introduced by French. These four
suits represent the four classes of men: Spades represent nobility,
Diamonds represent merchants, Clubs represent peasants, and Hearts
- When Columbus landed in North America in 1942, his men plucked
the leaves and drew pictures on them to play cards.
- In 1937, a new deck was tried to introduce. But people rejected
it because they had to buy new decks.
- The four kings in the deck represent the four great kings of
the real world. The king of spades represents David, King of Israel;
the king of Clubs represents Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia;
the king of Hearts is Charlemagne, King of France; and the king
of Diamonds is Caesar Augustus, Emperor of Rome.
- Famous poker games are: Texas Holdem Poker, Seven Card Stud
Hi/Lo, Omaha Hi/Lo, Omaha Holdem Poker, Stud 8 or Better.
- In America, 40 to 50 million people play poker regularly.
- In USA, each year 70 millions deck of cards are sold.