Poker is an ancient card game that combines skill and strategy. While the initial hand dealt does help determine the outcome of the round, a good poker player can turn a seemingly bad hand into a winner. The strategy lies in the expressions of your opponents and in the cards lying face up on the poker table. Master these simple tricks, and you will be able to play poker like a professional. It’s Poker – Winning isn’t everything at times.
The origins of the world’s most popular card game “Poker” is widely disputed, and is commonly thought that poker was invented by the Chinese around 900 AD, as a variant of Chinese dominoes.
The history of cards dates from ancient times and the direct origin of the playing cards is not fully known, but the transformation from a 78 card deck to a 52 card deck occurred in the Middle Ages.
The game of poker that we know today has a rich history that began well before the 19th Century and has evolved over a period of nearly 1,000 years and across a wide spectrum of civilizations. Some attribute the origins of the game to Persian game called "As Nas" dating back to the 16th century and another theory points that Poker originated from the French game of ‘Poque’ and another theory relates to the German game "Pochspiel".
The version that is closely linked to its contemporary form is Poque, which roots from France during the 17th Century. The game carved its way across the Atlantic with a group of French settlers who eventually founded the city of New Orleans.
Poker travelled from New Orleans by steamboat up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. The game then spread via wagon and train.
The game flourished in the United States during the 19th century when the country began its westward expansion. Hence, the history of poker is commonly associated with America's "Wild West".
The question on the origin of poker will undoubtedly continue but the game will go on and on.
Free poker online started in the late 1990s in the form of IRC poker (Internet Relay Chat). On January 1st, 1998, Planet Poker became the first to offer online poker. The website attracted players, despite technical glitches caused by the unreliability of dial-up Internet.
Planet Poker never fulfilled its potential and lived to the expectations of being the first poker site. Paradise Poker started out in the following year, and it was more technically advanced and stable than Planet Poker, seeing tremendous growth.
When Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in 2003, he not only took the prize money of $2.5 million, he made the biggest ever impact on online poker.
Suddenly everyone dreamed of winning big money, and the popularity of online poker increased dramatically.
Online poker was popular all over the world and the overall standard of online poker software is higher than it has ever been, and continues to improve.
With millions of players across the world, online Poker has reached different dimensions.
Poker isn’t difficult to learn, it is difficult to master. The problem you have is how to get better at it which is different than learning to play. Even the very best are still learning despite playing over 50 years in some cases. There are new moves constantly evolving.
Poker is a game of chance and strategy as well as close observation. It involves some psychology, such as reading the players around you to decide when to fold or bluff, or knowing when to call an opponent's bluff. Once you understand the basic rules, hands and vocabulary of the game, start focusing on strategy in order to master poker.
But coupled with practice, skills, and training in your hands, you can master your way into winning, and winning big.
We understand that learning through videos is much more fun than reading about it. So we have compiled a series of “How to Play” videos for you to learn and understand Poker.