History of poker

Poker belongs to the family of card games which share the betting rules. Poker is basically a 5 card game where players are given chance to bet on who holds the best card combination. The best card obviously wins the all money. Mostly it is played with many players and each player has to bet if he feels that the hands he is dealing with are good or fold the cards if he feels that another player's hand is better.

The history of poker is a debatable subject. This game resembles to the Persian game Nas. History of Poker tells that this game appeared in middle ages and went hand in hand with the passage of time.

The original game of poker goes back to the Wild West from where the sailors brought it to the New Orleans. It was mostly played in the saloons and on the steamers. Originally it was played with twenty cards with only one round of betting. However, later in the 1800's it began being played with the 52 card deck and more betting rounds were introduced.

In most modern poker games the first round of betting starts with some form of forced bet. The action then goes further to the left. Each player either matches the maximum previous bet or fold if he feels that the cards are not good enough to show.

A player who matches a bet may also raise or increasing the bet. The betting round ends when all players either match the last bet or fold. If one player folds on any round, the remaining players collect the pot and decide to show or conceal their hand. After the final betting round if more than one player remains in contention then the hands are shown and the winner takes the money.

Poker is a game that withstood the test of time and continued to grow and flourish. In poker game there are many variations but all have a similar pattern of play. There are three main groups of variants:

Straight

Players bet in one round while a complete hand is dealt to each player. The raising and re-raising is allowed in this game. This is the oldest and a very popular gentleman's poker game. It was played during the civil war at both sides.

Stud poker

In this game the cards are distributed in a prearranged combination of face-down and face-up rounds with a round of betting following each. This is the next-oldest type as poker progressed from three to five-card hands.

Draw poker

In draw poker a complete hand is dealt to each player with face-down. After betting players are allowed to attempt to change their hand and discard unwanted cards with the new ones. 5 card draw is the most famous variation in poker game.

Online poker games increased the popularity of poker card game, even now poker tournaments are also held and especially since 2003 online satellite-qualifier tournaments have become very popular because victory in these online tournaments cause an entry into a major poker tournament. But the popularity of this game is also causing cheating and lots of problem but these things can not affect the popularity of this card game.