Origin of the Poker Game

The game of Poker closely resembles tone of the Persian games also known as the Nas, though there was no specific description of the Nas before the year 1890. The World Series of Poker got its popularity when a man from San Antonio named Tom Moore decided and sponsored this event with many other people at the Casino of the Holiday Hotel in Reno, Nevada.  From then this event became very popular. The first event of poker was captured by the millionaire Crandall Addington, who is also regarded as the founding father of the WSOP.

The path to popularity

Going back to the history one can clearly find that the game of the Poker became very popular after the 21st century and after that it experienced a very different unprecedented spike during its beginning stages. The main reason for the popularity was the introduction of the online poker games and the hole-card cameras, due to which the game was turned into a spectator sport. That was nearly the same time when online pokies and blackjack became popular as well due to new technologies. The hole card cameras made it very easy for the viewers to follow the complete action and also the drama of the entire game. They can also see the broadcasts of the poker tournaments like the World Series of the Poker and the world tour of the poker. This brought in a huge amount of the audience for the cable and distributors of the satellite TV. This increased coverage of the poker events, was also responsible for the popularity of the poker pros and they became celebrities. This also created million of the poker fans from all over the world who was trying to enter into the expensive tournaments so that they could get the chance to play with their favorite celebrities. This increased camera exposure was also responsible for bringing in the new dimensions to the game of the poker professionals.

After the year 1970, the world series of poker became international and moved from its local state to the flashy stage of the Las Vegas. WSOP features many important games like 5 Card Stud, 2-7 Lowball Draw, Razz, and Texas Hold’em.  It was at Las Vegas only where the legend of poker Johnny Moss was given the title of first World Champion of the Poker.

Still going strong

During the year 1987 and 1988 it was Johnny Chan who won the back to back main even titles of WSOP. During these years only, Phil Hellmuth also became the youngest poker player ever who wins WSOP. There are many other remarkable moments related to this game.

The year 2004, was a major year in the history of the WSOP as at this time the Harrah’s Entertainment took over the WSOP from the Binion’s Horseshoe. After that the WSOP was moved to the Rio situated on the Vegas Strip.  In the year 2003, the main event witnessed a major and a dramatic change since the game was won by the online satellite poker qualifier chres Moneymaker. After that the era of the virtual players winning the game started. But the things then bounced back in the year 2008, and WSOP experienced the largest prize pool of over $180 million.  

There are many variations of the Poker, but all of them follow a similar pattern of the play and they generally use the same kind of the hand ranking hierarchy.

Straight: in this, a complete hand is given to every player, and then the players bet in a round, where raising and re-raising are allowed. This is regarded as the oldest poker game in the family.  

During the year 1987 and 1988 it was Johnny Chan who won the back to back main even titles of WSOP. During these years only, Phil Hellmuth also became the youngest poker player ever who wins WSOP.