Origin of poker

Poker is believed to have roots going back almost 1,000 years. It crosses several continents and has been played across many cultures. Some historians believe poker's roots can be traced back to a domino card game that was played by a Chinese emperor in the 10th century. Others claim it is a descendant from the Persian card game "As Nas," dating back to the 16th Century. Poque, the French 17th-century game that became popular in Europe, was poker's closest European counterpart. Poque, and pochen in German, were both inspired by the 16th century Spanish game primero. This game featured three cards per player and required bluffing (or placing high on poor cards). French colonists brought Poque with them to North America. New Orleans and its surrounding areas became part of the United States through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. English-speaking settlers from the region anglo-speak Poque and adopted the features of poker, including five cards per player and a 52-card deck.

Poker spread along the Mississippi River and across the country thanks to its popularity with riverboat crews that transported goods through this great waterway. Both the North and South soldiers played poker during Civil War. It became a common fixture in Wild West saloons located in frontier settlements between the 1870s-1880s. After Queen Victoria heard the U.S. Minister to Great Britain explain the game to her court, and asked for the rules, the game was brought to Europe in 1871. The influence of American soldiers during World War I was a major factor in the acceptance of poker in Europe over the decades. Different games have dominated poker over the years, including five-card drawing, seven-card Stud and, most recently, Texas Hold'em. This game rose to prominence in the 1970s, when it was featured in the World Series of Poker.the Rules of a Poker Date