Many people wonder why poker is considered a special game. Poker is actually the most played card game of all times and it keeps attracting a lot of people every day. That is because the game has a rich history full of intriguing and interesting facts. One should understand the history of the game before starting to play poker so that he can get a better view of its various characteristics and peculiarities. The history of the game really matters in this case, as it helps to know the purpose of the game and why it was initially created, and it allows to understand the game better on the way. The history of the game is precisely what makes poker so exciting and so special and the reason why it is known everywhere in the world.
But what’s so intriguing about the history of this well-known card game? The fact about poker is that no one really knows when exactly it was created. Yes, that’s true. What makes poker so special is that it was created at a completely unknown point in time. There have been many evidences of card like-structured games from various areas and regions around the world. But these similar card games are all different and they date back in time to a point when we could not have considered people playing poker. It is not known whether the game they used to play with those cards was the real ancestor of poker, but it is known that they used to utilize the same kind of cards. Not knowing the date of birth of poker, it is of course not possible to know who created the game and where, and it adds even more mystery.
Many believe that the Americans had created poker and then they brought the game into the rest of the world. But this fact is not completely true as poker came into America just in the mid 1900’s and became famous at the same time. Poker was mostly played in the Wild West in the United States at the time. What we know from the memoirs of English actor Joseph Cowell is that the game was for sure played in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1829, with a deck of 20 cards, and four players who bet on which player’s hand was the most valuable. Then from the book of Jonathan H. Green, An Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling, dated 1843, we apprehend that the game spread from there to the rest of the country by Mississippi riverboats, on which gambling was a common pastime, to the North along the Mississippi River and to the West during the gold rush thereafter. But poker was never created there.
What’s true is that the history of the game is also the history of the players who were able to transform a game in a myth, and this is indeed an all American story. Familiarizing with the game and the skills of the great players of the past can help to plan moves and create customized strategies for yourself and your game play.
Nevertheless people should be familiar with all the variants of the game, before they start playing poker and making strategies. Studying the variations of the game you can come up with new and innovative techniques which can be applied to any game you play making your game a winning one.