Texas Holdem poker is the most popular game form but its origin is debatable. Along with the basics of how to play games, you should learn about the story of how it all started. Theories vary about the origin of words ‘poker’ and ‘Holdem’. According to legends and stories, poker word came from the German word ‘pochen’ which means to knock. Life magazine in 1960 published an article about variations of poker. It mentioned one variation by the name of ‘Hold Me Darling’ poker. The historians believe that Hold Me Poker later became Holdem poker.
History of Texas Holdem Poker
As the name suggests, Texas Holdem originated in Texas in the early 1900s. The Texas State Legislature recognizes Robstown City officially as the game’s original place of origin. Here are interesting things about card game:
Before Texas Holdem, draw and stud games were dominating Las Vegas card rooms. The card game was introduced in 1963 at the California Club, Las Vegas by professional player Corky McCorquodale. There is another story about traveling card players from Texas- Crandell Addington, Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim and others who began playing Holdem regularly in Las Vegas. It is said that they changed ace high in the present form where aces are low.
The Golden Nugget Casino in Downtown Vegas was the venue that offers the game at that time. Due to the casinos location and lackluster décor, the football of high stakes players is low. The pro players were looking for a convenient place to put the money into the game.
In 1969, The Dune Casino at Las Vegas Strip hosted Holdem tournament in its lobby. The move proved to be successful to capture the attention of Las Vegas high rollers and popularity of the game started to spread wildfire. People started to show the enthusiasm to learn Texas Holdem poker hands and join the table.
In 1980s, many California legal poker rooms started to host the game. Terry Rogers and Liam Flood got to know about the game on a trip to Las Vegas and after returning to the home country, created Irish poker open-the second longest running international poker tournament after WSOP Main Event.
In 1973, CBC sports televised the final table of WSOP main event for the first time in the form of documentary. Pocket Cams were invented in 1997 that provided TV viewers with the facility to see the players face down cards. Movies like Maverick (1994) and Rounders (1998) helped fuel the popularity of poker game and propelled it into the pop culture scene.
In 2002, Steven Lipscomb started WPT (World Poker Tour) – an internationally televised tournament series that broadcast in over 150 countries. The first season aired in America in 2003 on the Travel channel. In the same year, an unknown amateur player Tour Chris Moneymaker earned a seat in WSOP Main Event by winning $38 buy-in online satellite. Then he won the Main Event and took home the top prize worth $2.5 million. His unexpected victory inspired all to consider pursuing playing the game professionally.
You can also participate in cash games and take amazing prizes.