History Of Poker

Wed, 04 Jun 2008 13:13

History of Poker

The past and the history of texas holdem poker.

Have you ever wondered where this all-time favorite casino game called poker came from? Who were the pioneers of chopping and bluffing? How it all started? You see, you cannot be a master of poker unless you learn the history of the game first. The reason for this can be best explained by French novelist Gustave Flauber in his quote: "Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times." This means that we do not read history for the sole purpose of stocking facts in our brains. Our mission is to keep in mind the past events, listen to what they try to say, and allow them to cultivate our way of thinking. With these, we will end up wiser and more ready to face the challenges of the present and of the future.

Unknown Origin?

The birth of Poker was an event that history failed to record on its memoirs. Nobody ever came forward to claim that he or she invented or founded the game. If basketball has Dr. Naismith and volleyball has William C. Morgan, poker is known to be only established by a John Doe -- author unknown.

Even the place where poker actually began remains a mystery. However, there were accounts uncovered that tried to prove that poker has distinctive similarities with As Nas, a card game which came from Persia or Iran. The said game flourished in America, particularly in New Orleans, with the help of the Frenchmen and Persian sailors. Since then, poker, like a continuous blazing fire, spread through the other parts of the world. The games Primero and Brelan were said to be possible influences in the making of Poker.

What's in the Name?

Poker -- a fascinating name, isn't it? Expect your fascination to grow more once you acknowledged the diversity of cultures that worked hand in hand just to come up with this game title. Germany offered the term "pochen," which means "to knock" while France was said to have given the name Poque. The English referred to poker as "brag," as derived from French word Brelan. Another possible contributor are the Hindus with their "Pukka."

In 1834, Jonathan Green finally came up with an appellation for this game that has no definite name. He coined the term "Poker" to describe a game he fondly called "the cheating game". However, others say that poker could have been derived from the term hocus-pocus, a magician's usual expression.

The Initial Set-up

Originally, poker was played with only 20 cards, which include only the tens, jacks, queens and kings. The maximum allowed number of player is four. Each player were given a set of five cards. Back then, poker was played virtually anywhere. However, it is most famous inside riverboats to serve as a source of entertainment for sailors and passengers.

As time went by, the 20-card deck was replaced with 32, and then evolved to 52. The poker jargons or the exclusive words or phrases used in poker grew in number. Today, these jargons play significant roles in the cultures and traditions of America and Europe.