..

The History of Texas Hold’em Poker

Written by:
Payton
Published on:
Aug/28/2017

There is no precise document or recording to allow us to track the exact date in which Texas Hold’em was introduced to the poker world. However, the birthplace of the most popular variant of poker in the planet seems to be, as its name well states, Texas.

To be more precise, it was allegedly first played in the Texan town of Robstown in the early 1900s.

It arrived to Las Vegas around 1967 through a group of Texan players, among which Amarillo Slim and Doyle Brunson were found. Those years were important for poker, as in 1970 the first World Series of Poker was played at the Binion's Horseshoe and since 1972 its Main Event became the $10,000 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold 'em, which helped disseminate this version of the game around the world. However, the first available reference of Texas Hold’em is linked to Crandell Addington, a Texan poker player and entrepreneur, who was actually one of the founders of WSOP and is currently in the Poker Hall of Fame. Addington stated that the first time that he saw this variant of poker was in 1959 and that, unlike in draw poker (where you bet twice) in Texas Hold’em – with the Texas part of the name added later on - you could bet four times and, provided that one could play strategically, it “was more of a thinking man's game”.

Before the WSOP propagated it – and long before it became popular to play poker online for real money, this variant being the first choice on the online felt -, Texas Hold’em was only offered at the Golden Nugget Casino, which did not have a very luxurious poker room and therefore was not visited by many players. In 1969, however, a few pros were invited to play Texas Hold’em at the Dunes Casino (which closed in 1993, and was replaced by Bellagio) and despite a very profitable game came out of this encounter, another year had to go by before it finally became famous following the first WSOP at the Horseshoe.  

Texas Hold’em made it to other US states later on, and in 1988 it was already legal to play it in California. It is commonly believed that TV tournaments as well as online casinos have helped make this poker game as famous as it is nowadays and its simple rules also make it an appealing option to many. The cinema has also made it legendary, with films like Rounders or Casino Royale featuring Texas Hold’em games in them. In the latter, the famous agent plays No-Limit (although in Ian Fleming’s book he’s actually playing Baccarat) and goes all-in for 40 millions. With a straight flush, Bond actually ends up taking home 115 millions. However unrealistic this may seem, popular entertainment products such as this movie have turned Texas Hold’em into the world’s leading variant of poker.

As other options such as Omaha become increasingly popular and can be found on the most famous online casinos (as well as at some of the top events), Texas Hold’em continues to be the number one option. Pros such as Daniel Colman, Antonio Esfandiari, Erik Seidel or Phil Hellmuth consider it their favourite option on the felt and there is no wonder why. Simple, yet open to many strategic moves, Texas Hold’em keeps players on the edge of their seats, while letting them show their best hands and make large profits.

Poker News

Poker Power Couple Announces Marriage

Poker Power Couple Announces Marriage

Not since Chucky's Bride and the Unabomber (Jennifer Tilly and Phil Laak) has their been a poker super couple the likes of Loni Harwood and Phillip Hui.  And now comes word the two have tied the knot.

Can I Play on WSOP for Real Money From My State?

Can I Play on WSOP for Real Money From My State?

WSOP.com is now advertising heavily on national television.  Their website is free to use and, as such, is available everywhere in the US.  There are very few states, however, that allow for real money play.  There are real money options in states where WSOP is limited. 

Michael Jai White Expected Naked Poker at a Dr Dre Party: Got the Opposite

Michael Jai White Expected Naked Poker at a Dr Dre Party: Got the Opposite

American actor and martial artist Michael Jai White spoke candidly about his relationship with record mogul Dr. Dre.

Mouth Compares GA Elections to Mike Postle Cheating Scandal

Mouth Compares GA Elections to Mike Postle Cheating Scandal

Poker pro Mike Postle didn't cheat, according to experts, and neither did those overseeing the Georgia Presidential elections.  But don't tell that to Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, one of the game's most outspoken players.

Cashing Out of Online Poker Rooms - Bitcoin The Fastest Preference

Winning Poker Network, parent company of Gambling911.com partner Americas Cardroom, said it has been forced to buy millions in bitcoin a day to meet the demands of exiting players.

Syndicate