Poker at an Online Casino
Today it is one of the most popular forms of poker around the world, to the degree that it is the kind of poker played in the Main Event in the World Series of Poker. However, it is not just for the pros.
The common poker player, who logs in regularly to his favourite online casino, will have come across this form perhaps more than any other. As we shall see, the game has a rich and varied history.
The beginnings of Texas Hold 'em are intriguing, not least because there is no clear origin of the game itself. Indeed, while the general origin is inherent in the name of the game, the specifics are still elusive.
Even the Texas State Legislature, where you would expect to find a definitive, is murky.
The beginnings recorded in the Legislature run thusly: “The game's invention dates back to the early 1900s when it is traditionally held that the first hand of the popular card game was dealt in the city of Robstown, and from there it travelled northward in the hands of 'rounders' and up the sleeves of cardsharps who quickly recognized the games potential for mass appeal”.
The unspecific nature of the Legislature seems to evade any definition.
Nevertheless, the stated fact is not only a decent mark in the card of Robstown tourist board but also valuable in its description of how it was exported from Texas, although from “early 1900s” to 1967 - when it was first introduced to Las Vegas by gambling legends Crandell Addington and the exceptionally named Amarillo Slim – there is still a period of uncertainty regarding the game.
Addington was later quoted as first coming across the game in 1959 and, regarding it as a “thinking man's game” due to the four-bet nature of the rounds, was sure that it would become “the game”. He did not have to wait long to witness his prediction become manifest.
In 1969, two years after the game's introduction to Vegas, the professionals of the city were invited to attend the Second Annual Gambling Fraternity Convention, the real birthplace of the World Series of Poker.
Two years later and with new owners and a fresh home at Binion's Horseshoe in Las Vegas, journalist Tom Thackrey suggested that no-limit Texas Hold 'em should form the Main Event of the WSOP.
With a celebrated and secure home, Texas Hold 'em was free to become the most popular version of poker in the world. After eight professionals entered the WSOP in 1972 the tournament grew almost exponentially, attracting over 100 entrants in 1981 and over 200 in 1991.
The popularity of the World Series of Poker and specifically the Main Event saw a gradual interest burgeon and, with the advent and mass appeal of online poker rooms, the game soared to its remarkable status as the single most popular form of poker in the world, with millions of people playing online every day.
The future of poker, it seems, has its origins in Robstown, Texas.