History of Poker
Development is a process and consequence of history. Poker as well has chosen the path of development which is based on tradition, ideas and culture of a region. The game of poker has truly lived a whole life and it is said that the sport was developed during the 19th century.
Did you know Poker is a two hundred year-old mind sport?
Originally, players were dealt five cards each from a twenty card deck. Many scholars at the time claimed that the game was largely influenced by the Persian As-Nas. Others claimed that it was derived from French Poque and German Pochen.
Towards the end of the 19th century, 52 card decks became the staple while the 20 card decks became obsolete. Several new features were added as well such as flush and straight. The game of stud poker was also recognized as a variation of poker.
When do you think poker was recognized officially?
The 20th century witnessed an upward trend in the growth and popularity of poker. The year of 1970 played a crucial role in the emergence of poker as the World Series of Poker (WSOP) made the tournament play an everyday occurrence. The markets were now filled with serious poker strategy books.
Two pivotal years in the century which changed the game were:
- 1987: It was announced that it is legal to play flop games of Omaha, Hold’em and Stud in California.
- 1988: The Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) which legalized casino games on Indian lands in the US.
How did Poker take the Enormous Shape it has Taken Now?
All these events paved the way for modern poker which is played in the 21st century. Calling it a poker boom would be an underestimation of the spike it received. A legitimate poker industry slowly grew in the United States. This growth was largely due to the prosperity of online poker and the use of hole-card cameras. It was now a mind sport, watched and studied by the spectators.
Eventually, poker entered the domestic sphere. Enthusiasts could now study the gameplay watching television and practicing online. The concept of poker tournaments held on a global level were introduced with WSOP, World Poker Tour (WPT), Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), European Poker Tour (EPT) and many more coming into existence.
By 2003, the industry took a full-blown shape with the online satellite-qualifier tournaments acting as a bridge for the masses.
Future of Poker in our Country!
On Indian soil, poker is strategically entering the television sector which will surely boost the industry in the coming times. We believe that our country too will open up a bit more to the world of poker after the sport being televised. On the other hand, online poker websites are growing exponentially, with various promotions to offer. Things are surely going to change for good!
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