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Poker is a popular card game which has become increasingly known for its high-stakes betting and has been popularized through extensive television and media coverage of the World Series of Poker, held each year in Las Vegas

It is believed that the modern version of poker originated by the early or mid-1700's, and spread throughout the Mississippi River region by 1800. The game is played in a variety of forms, with 52 cards, and includes both straight poker and stud poker. The development and growing popularity of poker is linked to the the invention of commercial gambling. As casinos and legalized gambling grew in acceptance and popularity in the United States, so to did the game of poker, with its attendant betting and wagering, gain increased acceptance. One example of how popular poker playing online has become internationally can be found at a site like real money poker sites by Poker is no longer an exclusively American pastime anymore.

An English actor, Joseph Crowell, reported in his memoirs of a game played in New Orleans in 1829, involving a deck of 20 cards, with four players betting on which player's hand was most valuable, described the spread of the game from there to the rest of the country by Mississippi riverboats, on which gambling was a common pastime. As it spread north along the Mississippi River and to the West during the gold rush, it is thought to have become a part of the frontier pioneer ethos.

Soon after this spread, the full 52-card English deck was used and the flush was introduced. The draw was added prior to 1850 (when it was first mentioned in print in a handbook of games). During the American Civil War, many additions were made including stud poker (the five-card variant), and the straight. Further American developments followed, such as the wild card (around 1875), lowball and split-pot poker (around 1900), and community card poker games (around 1925).

Now, in the 21st Century, poker has become a world-wide phenomenon. Evidence of this is seen in the growth and popularity of the World Series of Poker, which is always held in one of the best U.S. casinos in Las Vegas every year.

Peter Eastgate Losing a Hand at WSOP 2009

Further evidence of that phenomenon is the increase in online casinos, where, for example, the United Kingdom has more than a thousand casinos listed in reviews websites such as

We are now in a new era in the history of card games such as poker and blackjack. These games that could previously only be played with physical cards are now available to be played on computers, mobile phones and tablets. Literally anywhere and from any device. Online casinos and mobile casinos are just one of the exciting developments in the ever-changing history of cards. Come read up on your favourite card games history at

The game and jargon of poker have become important parts of American culture and English culture. Such phrases and clichs as ace in the hole, ace up one's sleeve, beats me, blue chip, call one's bluff, cash in, high roller, pass the buck, poker face, stack up, up the ante, when the poker chips are down, wild card, and others are used in everyday conversation, even by those unaware of their origins at the poker table.  

Poker is one of the most popular games of chance in the United States. Below is a very interesting infographic that outlines the history of gambling in America.

American Gambling History

Poker Website Reviews:

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Poker Player Biographies:

Peter Eastgate

Scotty Nguyen

Peter Helmuth

Chris Ferguson

Poker News and Updates:

 Bubble trouble for amateurs at World Series of Poker--USA Today, July 13, 2009

2009 WSOP Special Update: All In and a Call! Rules as Main Event Bubble, July 11, 2009

Poker Links and Resources:

ESPN Poker Blog



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