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        Poker is thought to have originated in New Orleans shortly after 1800. It bears a resemblance to the English card game “Brag” and the Persian game “As Naps,” but nobody knows the exact circumstances of persons that created poker.
From New Orleans, poker spread rapidly throughout the Mississippi River Basin. The numerous river boats were often a setting for high-stakes poker games, both honest and otherwise.
Poker in its original form was played with a stripped deck with only one betting round and no chance to improve the hand. By the middle of nineteenth century the game had evolved into the draw with a fifty-two card deck. The Civil War helped spread poker throughout the United States and it became our national card game.

In the latter part of the 19th century draw poker migrated to Europe via England. Even today, draw is the favored form of poker in a number of European countries such as Sweden and Italy. The scope of poker includes the whole globe. For example, in 1992 I visited Nepal, a small country in the Himalayan mountains that has only been open to Westerners since 1950. At the home of one of the locals in their capital city Katmandu they had a weekly pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better game!

         Limit betting is actually a modern invention. In the old days you could bet whatever money was in front of you whenever you wanted to; in other words, it was played no-limit table stakes. In most countries outside of North America, no-limit or pot-limit is the favored way to play the game. Many top European poker players never even played limit poker until they started visiting Las Vegas and other places in America.
          In Hollywood movies, poker games are sometimes depicted with a rule that if you bet more than the opponent has in front of him, he must either scurry around town to raise the money or forfeit the pot. Such a rule would cause the wealthiest person playing in the game to have the power to win any pot by simply betting all his money. Why would anybody else play in such a game?

          Poker forms have evolved that are far removed from the draw games that were once the only method lf play. Stud poker arrived around the time of the Civil War. Hold’em was invented in Texas during the early part of this century. World Champion Johnny  Moss says he played the game in Dallas when it was introduced there in 1925. A number of old-time Taxas players told me they thought the game originated in Robstown, Taxas (near Corpus Christi) around the time of the First World War, and this is probably as good as guess as any. Omaha reached Las Vegas in 1982, and London in 1984. There are many poker forms played in other countries that are unknown in the United States. Some examples are “Irish” in England, “Sowsum” in Canada, and “Manila” in Southeast Asia.

         The most prominent example of the use of beg-bet poker is the annual event determining the World Champion for that year. This is the five-day $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em contest held every spring at Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. Both Stewart and I favor the pot-limit and no-limit cash games, but tournament events using this type of betting are very popular. Most tournaments have a final gala event to crown a champion, and the poker form for this is normally no-limit hold’em. Perhaps some of you readers will eventually put the knowledge of big-bet poker gained from us to good use by going out and winning a major poker championship.

          Recently, a poker series called, “Late Night Poker,” featuring a hold’em poker tournament, has appeared on British television, and drawn a lot of viewers. As we write, a series called, “Poker Million” is in production. Do not watch “Celebrity  Poker Club” if you value your sanity. These programs have done a lot to popularize the game of poker in Britain.
         In 2003, the Travel Channel in the USA televised a series of sixteen tournament events on the World Poker Tour. The production quality of these tournaments was outstanding. The reader could see each player’s poker hand as the deal was being played. A lot of the announcing was done by Mike Sexton, a world-class poker player who is articulate as well. This was the highest-rated series of broadcasts on that channel, and was also a smash hit in Britain. In the future we will see more televised poker tournaments than ever before. Television has already created many new players, most of them interested in playing the same fascinating game they viewed on the tube; no-limit hold’em poker


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