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Poker: A Quick History

Poker is an old card game that developed and evolved over time.  The origins of Poker are traced back 1,000 years and across a wide range of civilizations to both the Sung Dynasty of 10th century China, and to Persia (Iran) from a game called “As Nas” dating back to the 16th century. There are many variations of Poker games that throughout its history have varied considerably.  That said, however, the two basic elements of a) psychological strategy and b) card ranking have always been the prevalent fundamentals to serve as key identifiers of this card game, regardless of the other less essential table rules that may vary.

In the 17th century, in France, the popular game of Poque is the version of the game that is most closely linked to Poker’s contemporary form.  Poque made its way across the Atlantic with a group of French settlers who eventually founded the city of New Orleans. From there, during the 18th and 19th centuries, Poker spread to the riverboats and saloons along Mississippi River and finally westward earning it the historical associations with America’s “Wild West”.


From Poque, the American versions soon became the game we know as Stud Poker.  Then, other variations developed and became popular, including: 5 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud, Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha Hi-Low. Texas Hold’em however has gained a strong foothold as a tournament Poker game of choice.  During the 1970’s it experienced a rise to cult status when it appeared as the featured game in the World Series of Poker. Today it is by far the most popular of all where it is regularly played in leading online poker rooms and in land-based casinos around the world.

Tournaments: The World Series of Poker & Beyond

The history of poker would be incomplete without mentioning the rise of the World Series of Poker. The WSOP is the game’s most notable annual competitive tournament, attracting professional players from around the world.  The first person to win the title of Poker World Champion in 1970 was Johnny Moss when the game was held at Binion’s Horseshoe in Las Vegas NV. Then in 2003, another Vegas operation, Harrah’s Casino, bought the exclusive rights to host the tournament which is now held annually at the Rio Hotel and Casino. Poker tournament fever continued its explosive growth and the World Series of Poker expanded to venues across the United States and across the world when the first-ever World Series of Poker Europe was held in late 2007. The World Series of Poker tournament circuit has reached epic proportions and is continuing to make poker history with over $100,000,000 in prize money and fifty-five gold-bracelet events.  Online Poker providers, however, like rising star JoinOurGamesPoker.com are quickly developing ‘real feel’ electronic, online tournament poker sites where national and international player participation will be more readily available to everyone around the clock.  As Online Poker fever takes hold, so will a new breed of competitive events.

Facts & Names of Modern Poker Legends

The poker community has become so mainstream, that people’s interests in everything about the game is now rooted in popular entertainment with a particular fascination for its early American “pioneers”.  There are a few standout, historical heroes that come to mind whenever the conversation turns serious about the game.  The main ones are:

Doyle Brunson, the “Texas Dolly” was the first-ever million dollar poker tournament winner.

Facts & Stats:

  • 9 WSOP bracelets.
  • Authored Doyle Brunson’s Super System, authoritative tutorial book about Poker

Stu Ungar, “The Kid” is known as one of the game’s child prodigies.

Facts & Stats:

  • A champion player by the age of fourteen.
  • Considered to be a “natural talent” of this game.
  • 5 WSOP bracelets and
  • Earned an estimated $30,000,000 over the course of his career which was mostly lost to an abusive drug problem and which led to his premature death at the age of 45.

Johnny Moss, “the Grand Old Man”. His ‘moniker’ came from his youth when he was hired to monitor games at a local saloon in his hometown of Odessas, Texas, where he was a fair-play fanatic. One story recounts how he threatened to shoot (and eventually wounded) a man he caught spying on his cards during a game.

Facts & Stats:

  • Moss won eight bracelets in the 25 consecutive WSOP events that he participated in, between the years 1970 to 1995.

Thomas Austin Preston, Jr. , “Amarillo Slim” was controversial both at and away from the poker tables.

Facts & Stats:

  • Had a moderately successful career in show-business;
  • 4 WSOP bracelets and
  • Is listed in the Poker Hall of Fame.

Benny Binion, “The Cowboy”:

  • Founder of the World Series of Poker, playing a key role in bringing poker to the masses.
  • Propells Las Vegas into a world-class gambling resort as one of the most influential figures in the city’s history.

The history of poker will undoubtedly continue, and other rising stars will one day become recognized as poker legends. It’s entirely conceivable that a decade from now a few amazing JoinOurGamesPoker online tournament players will be adding their names to this esteemed list.

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PokerActionLine.net Report: WSOP 2013 Event Winner


Chad Holloway Wins 2013

World Series of Poker Event #1:

$500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em ($84,915)


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Chad Holloway is the first WSOP champion of 2013.

After a 90-minute head-up battle, Chad Holloway has taken down his first gold bracelet. Holloway, whose previous biggest cash was $3,719 in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event at the WSOP in 2012, won $84,915 after outlasting a starting field of 898 players. Holloway, a writer forPokerNews, hails from Reedsburg, Wisc.

Fifty-five runners advanced to Day 2, at which point Holloway ranked third in chips. Holloway continued to rank among the top stacks for most of Day 2, and he was mostly able to stay out of situations in which he was all in and at risk.

The final table contestants were barely seated when the first player was eliminated. Hieu Le jammed after it was folded to his small blind, eventual second-place finisher Allan Kwong made the call with . Le held and failed to improve.

Shortly thereafter, everyone folded to Michael Trivett on the button, who raised to 27,000. Holloway three-bet to 77,000 in the small blind, and the big blind got out of the way. Trivett went into the tank before pushing all in for about 200,000 more. After some thought, Holloway called.


The flop came , and Holloway supporters cheered from the rail. A  on the turn left Trivett drawing dead, and he got up after the dealer rolled out the  river.

Tyrone Smith was the seventh-place finisher. The action folded around to him in the small blind. Bobby Rooney called from the big blind with  against Smith’s .

The board ran out  and Smith was eliminated.

Sean Small, who finished third at the WSOP Circuit Main Event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, for over $54,000 this April, was next to go. He shoved his last 89,000 in from the button and was called by Holloway in the small blind. His  failed to improve against Holloway’s .

Daniel Ellery went out in fifth when he called off his stack with  against the  of Brian Pingel on a board of . Pingel flushed him out with an  on the river.

Pingel’s good fortune wouldn’t last long, as he called a raise from Rooney and they took a flop heads up. The flop brought the , and Pingel checked. Rooney continuation-bet 55,000, and Pingel shipped all in. Rooney snap-called, and the players showed.


Rooney’s bottom two pair was in the lead, but he had a lot of cards to fade. A harmless  fell on the turn, and Pingel needed a heart or a seven to complete his hand. It wasn’t to be, as a  river ended his tournament run in fourth.

Three-handed play lasted over an hour, and the chiplead changed hands multiple times. Finally, Kwong raised all in from the small blind and Rooney instantly called off from the big blind.


 flop helped nobody, as did an  turn. On the river, heartbreak arrived for Rooney in the form of the , and he finished third for $33,903.

Kwong and Holloway battled heads up for more than hour. Both players seemed content to play small pots, and a halfhearted observer could have easily followed the back and forth with only an ear to the proceedings. Every time Holloway would scoop a pot, his deep rail section would clap, cheer and activate their screaming eagle sound effects. When Kwong took down pots, the only sound was the clinking of the chips as the dealer pushed them to the man from Oakland, Calif. The heads-up war was slow and close, as neither player could push far past a three-to-two chip lead.

Finally, the deciding hand took place. Kwong raised to 75,000 and Holloway called.

The flop came . Holloway checked and Kwong bet 85,000. Holloway reraised and Kwong shoved all in. Holloway snap-called and showed  for trips. Kwong tabled .

The  turn and  river did not improve Kwong’s hand, and he was eliminated in 2nd place and quietly exited the feature table area after shaking Holloway’s hand.

Holloway’s supporters mobbed him as he grinned with joy.

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