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    We are here to help you understand poker, including Texas Holdem poker strategy and Texas Holdem poker hands. Here is am introduction to the history of poker.

    The History of Poker

    Jackpot poker (draw poker requiring both an ante and a pair of jacks or better to open) began about 1875. Split-pot and lowball poker started around 1903. Two Missouri assemblymen (Coran and Lyles) introduced a bill to the state legislature in 1909 to control and license poker players in order to prevent "millions of dollars lost annually by incompetent and foolish persons who do not know the value of a poker hand." In 1911, California's attorney general (Harold Sigel Webb) ruled that closed poker (draw poker) was skill and beyond antigambling laws . . . but open poker (stud poker) was luck and therefore illegal. That stimulated the development of new draw games and the use of wild cards. The variety of poker games grew steadily, particularly during the First and Second World Wars. In the 1960s, poker variations further developed with innovations such as twists (extra draws) and qualifiers (minimum hands to win).

    The French Connection - Some contend the game originated from the popular French game of Poque (1803). Understandable, given the name. There are a few who back the theory that poker was derived from the German game of Pochen. Very interesting. Then there are even others who believe it came from the English game of Bragg. I'm sure they all exerted their influence in one way or another on the modern game of poker and Texas Holdem, but to get to the truth we must go back even further in history.

    The origin of poker is widely disputed with as many theories about its birthplace floating around as variations on the game. The most popular belief is that it was invented by the Chinese around 900 A.D., possibly derived from the Chinese dominoes. On New Year's Eve, 969 A.D., the Emperor Mu-tsung is reported to have played "domino cards" with his wife. Another theory is that poker originates from the Persian game "as nas". This is a 5-player Persian game, which requires a special deck of 25 cards with 5 suits. Meanwhile, others believe that modern cards originated from an Indian card game called Ganjifa.

    Poker moved from New Orleans by steamboat up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. From the river towns, the game spread east by the new railroad and west by covered wagons. Between 1834 and 1837, the full fifty-two-card deck replaced the original twenty-card deck. Soon after that, the flush was introduced. During the Civil War, modifications such as open cards (stud poker), the draw, and the straight became popular. When the joker was introduced as a wild card in 1875, the European influence of poker ended. Further development of the game was essentially American.

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