Gambling games were appreciated throughout time for their excellent source of entertainment. They are easy to play, diverse, and they give you a great feeling of satisfaction (when winning, of course). If we were to analyze gambling games, it could be concluded that Poker is the most popular option for players of all ages. It could be because of its numerous versions available. It’s easy to learn and play. Moreover, it’s a game you can enjoy with your friends.
This article tends to provide a better understanding of Poker and its popularity.
A short journey into the past
It seems that Poker was first played in Louisiana, in 1829. It spread quickly as it was a favorite activity on the Mississippi riverboats. Slowly, the full 52-card French deck and the flush were introduced. The draw came before 1850. Most alterations were made during the American Civil War. Another major event is the World Series of Poker that became pretty popular in American casinos. By 1980, Poker became a common recreational activity. In the 1990s, the game and casino gambling started to expand across the US. After a few years, came the Poker BOOM. Between 2003 and 2006, Poker and its other variations became noticeably more famous around the world. All these led to the foundation of the International Federation of Poker, in Lausanne, Switzerland (2009).
How do you play it?
The basics are quite simple. You have a standard pack of 52 cards. The cards are ranked (from high to low):
- 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2;
- Ace (Ace can be high or low, but is usually high.)
There are four suits:
- (No suit is bigger than the other.)
Some games have Wilde Cards. They can take on whatever suit and rank their possessor desires. Jokers can be used as Wilde Cards too. The game can also state right from the start the cards that are considered wild.Then, you have the hands and their ranking:
- Five of a Kind;
- Straight Flush;
- Four of a Kind;
- Full House;
- Three of a Kind;
- Two Pair;
- High Card.
Now, how do you bet? Usually, you must “ante” something. The ante is a forced bet. All players must put an equal amount of money or chips to bet on. This happens before the deal begins. At the end of the hand, the one who did not fold and has the highest hand wins the pot. In essence, when your turn comes, you have three choices: call, raise or fold. After that, the betting continues. It ends when everyone calls or folds after a raise or initial bet.
These are just the basics. Remember that there are numberless variations of this game.If you want a closer look, go online, watch a few videos, ask a friend, practice. In no time, you’ll get the hang of it!
Where do you play it?
You can play Poker online or in a Casino. There are lots of online gambling sites where you can register and play. Also, almost every big city has a casino.
A single table tournament is called a “heads-up” one. Minimum two people can play at a table. Of course, it can be tens of thousands of people playing on numberless tables. The winner is the person who wins every poker chip in the game.
To enter a poker tournament, the player must pay a fixed buy-in. In the beginning, he receives a certain quantity of tournament poker chips. The prizes are usually derived from the buy-ins. Sometimes with different additions. They can be either fixed, or proportional. However, one thing is sure: there are lots of money involved. The earnings are astonishing!
In the end, you can conclude that Poker is indeed a very entertaining gambling game. Maybe this is why so many people prefer it. It is certainly an easy and fun way to spend your free time. Or, why not, make a career out of it?