During the Wild West period of United States history, a saloon with a
Poker table could be found in just about every town from coast to coast.
It was extremely popular during the Civil War when the soldiers of both
armies played. European influence of poker ended when the joker was
introduced as a wild card in 1875.
In just over two centuries, poker has never looked back. Since its
humble beginning on the banks of the Mississippi, the popularity of this
widely played game has grown in leaps and bounds to evolve numerous
variations and sub-variations.
There have been three games that have, in turn, dominated the modern
5 Card Draw rose from relative obscurity during the American
Civil War to the most popular game for almost a century.
made it a felony to run a betting game. However the Attorney General
of California declared that
poker was based upon skill and therefore the anti-gambling laws
could not stop it. But
poker was still deemed illegal as it was based solely on chance.
With this decision, draw poker games developed and grew. This caused
Nevada to reverse itself in 1931 and legalize casino gambling.
7 Card Stud then took over the throne shortly before WWII and
maintained its position for about 40 years with the help of the new
and thriving Las Vegas casino industry.
Texas Hold’em, christened the ‘cadillac of poker’ rose to
promienence in the 1970's when it was featured as the title game in
the World Series of Poker. Today, Texas Hold’em is indisputably the most
frequently played and most popular poker game in the world, played
in casinos and on home game tables all over the world .