How did the game of poker?

There is currently no generally accepted option and people are still debating about the history of poker. But almost every author gives his own version of the only correct history of the origin of poker. As for the name of the game "poker", it most likely comes from the French word «poque», which in turn is derived from the German «pochen» - «knock down"; but it is not clear whether the games with titles anything to do with the game of poker. The game's story suggests to us on a close relationship with the Persian game of "us" who are trained Persian sailors of French settlers in New Orleans. Brim, it is believed that poker is their line of games since the Renaissance: «primero» and «brelan» (France). From the French brelana took the English game, "Bragg" and included a mandatory element of bluffing, although at the time not just bluffing brelane, but also in other popular games.

Developing games

English actor Joseph Crowell once wrote a poker game in New Orleans in 1829: played a deck of 20 cards, four players betting on something, whose cards better.

Jonathan Green in his book "Exposing the decline of art and gambling» (GB Zieber, Philadelphia, 1843) describes the distribution of the game throughout the country via the Mississippi steamboats, where citizens while spent a lot of time.

Soon, with the spread of poker, players begin to use full English deck of 52 cards, and then there is a new combination - flash. Even during the Civil War, the game took place additional changes: there were versions of the game draws and five-card stud, as well as a combination of "Street" received general acceptance.

The history of poker and tournaments

Tournaments poker became popular in American casinos, and the spread of online games only increased their attractiveness, especially after the appearance in 1970 of the World Series of Poker (WSOP - World Series of Poker). Most of the major sites to play poker spend qualification (Raffle tickets, satellites) to participate in the WSOP.

Just at that time began to emerge and become popular books and studies on poker strategy, such as: "Theory of Poker" by David Sklansky, "Super System" Doyle Brunson, "The Book of Signs" Mike Caro and others. Lighting poker tournaments cable and satellite TV added to the popularity of this game, and now a series of tournaments WPT and the WSOP mandatory televised.