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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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How Poker Taught Me To Make More Money With Fewer Stocks [reprint]



By Amy Calistri
June 13, 2013

On June 7, I watched the Internet video feed from Las Vegas as Mike “The Mouth” Matusow pocketed $266,503 by winning the 13th event in the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Matusow has won nearly $9 million playing tournament poker, and I’ve studied nearly every hand he has ever played. I even sat next to his mother the night he won $1 million in the Championship Event of the 2005 World Series of Poker.

During his recent tournament, Matusow seldom had the lead. But he played a disciplined game. He folded many hands while his opponents wasted chips, chasing after hands they didn’t have the odds to win. Matusow’s patience and premium hand selection over the course of the three-day event were rewarded with the first-prize gold bracelet.

I’ve played poker for more than a decade. I’ve had the opportunity to study — and go up against — some of the best professionals in the world. I’ve seen players amass big leads in a tournament, only to turn right around and give every chip back. In my experience, both as a poker player and an investor, the decision to not play a mediocre hand can be the most profitable decision you can make.

It’s easy to spot an inexperienced player at a poker table. He’ll be the guy who plays nearly every hand. He’s probably grown up watching televised poker, where folded hands are edited out to highlight the relatively few contested hands. In his limited view, he believes by playing more hands, he has more chances to win. He has no idea how many hands he’ll lose before he gets lucky.

I want this guy at my table for as long as his money lasts.

P.A.L. Guests Strike Gold in Early WSOP Events

Everyone involved in the poker world – players media, officials and fans – have waited patiently for the World Series of Poker to get here, and now, they have to wait no longer. As a media person who hosts some of the greats of the game on the podcasts, I’ve developed friendships among these players. (Well, maybe “friendships” is a little strong, but they’ve certainly have become my acquaintances.)

As a result, I now have many players to cheer on as they all chase poker’s holy grail: a WSOP bracelet. Basically, if they were on my show, I’m probably sweating them on the internet rail. (Everyone except Todd Brunson, that is.)

So far, with three events in the books, things are off to a great start for Poker Action Line guests. With my dual roles as radio talk host and monthly columnist for Ante Up Magazine, I follow the exploits of the South Florida players (after all, I am the “South Florida Ambassador for the mag), and I didn’t have to wait long for one of South Florida’s most popular players,  Darryll Fish, to come through. Fish, who coincidentally was Ante Up’s POY in 2011, reached the final table in the $5K Event #2, and despite being the small stack, finished in 3rd place and cashed for $215K. Darryll has been on the show a couple of times, and I wrote a column about him and his life at last year’s WSOP, so we’ll have plenty to discuss when he comes back on after the summer is over. (The high finish was especially gratifying for me to watch as Fish has a disastrous summer in 2012, with only 2 min-cashes to show for an entire summer at the Vegas felt.)

Before that, Chad Holloway won a bracelet in the opener, the Casino Employee’s Event , and while a lot of players don’t pay much attention to it, the victory was extremely popular among the media (check out the post below). Chad writes for Poker News and is the Wisconsin Ambassador for Ante Up, and he came up and introduced himself to me when I was at the Rio last year. We had a couple of nice conversations, and he later appeared on Poker Action Line – he writes many of the table updates/hand descriptions and is extremely knowledgeable about the game, and obviously, a great player as well.

Since then, a few other past guests have made deep runs (Amanda Musameci was 71st in Event #3, while Matt Salsberg was 21st and Maurice Hawkins 36th in Event #4), so I feel like this is going to be fun to watch this summer. With online poker just around the corner, and some participation in Fantasy Poker, I can’t wait to check out the chip counts and view the final table streams on a daily basis.

Hope you’ll join me for the ride on Poker Action Line.

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