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  • October 1, 2020

The History of Texas Hold’em

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Texas Hold’em History started around the early 1900’s. It was played mostly in Texas and Arkansas during it’s first days. Then later on started to be played in Las Vegas. Around the same time as Texas Holdem was becoming popular in Vegas. The World Series of Poker was started.
The WSOP exists since 1970, where it took place for the first time at the Horseshoe in Las Vegas and ever since then the game Texas Hold’em, has been played by poker players all over the world.
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Origins of the name and game “Texas Hold’em”
While there is no clear evidence as to where the game emerged from, it is sure that the game originated in Texas. The legend says that the earliest version of the game was played by Robstown, Texas in the early 1900s. The game is said to have first come to Dallas, Texas, in 1925 and the word ‘Poker’ of which it is a popular version, comes from the German word ‘pochen’, which means, “to knock”.
Texas Hold’em Poker tournaments
The game gained popularity as the main event in poker tournaments, which started with Binion accepting a small invitational Poker tournament from Riverside Casino’s Tom Morehead. Binion focused on rapidly increasing antes and blinds and other methods so that a winner could be produced in a short span of time. In 1972, 8 players took part in the World Series of Poker tournament; and thirty years later, the figure shot up to 800. Popularity statistics show that over the past five years, the popularity of televised tournaments has grown, in turn meaning that Texas Holdem has grown in popularity too, becoming a part of mainstream television.
When Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2003 he was the first player to do so by qualifying at an online poker site. His $2,5 million dollar win had a huge effect on the growth of poker world wide. Online poker started growing immensely and Texas Holdem was now the game to play.
Internet Texas Hold’em
Thanks to the internet it is no longer necessary for gamblers to travel all the way to Las Vegas to get a piece of the Texas Hold’em and other poker action. Nowadays gambling is possible from people’s own living room, in online casinos. It’s not quite clear what the first website was that gave players the opportunity to play Texas Hold’em games, because all the Texas Hold’em entered the internet approximately around the same time at the start of the success of online casinos, in the nineties of the twentieth century. Chris Moneymaker, WSOP champion in 2003 and Greg Raymer, winner of the WSOP 2004 main event were both qualified through poker rooms on the internet. Both these players are amateurs who won huge professional poker tournaments.
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