Poker is a card game played across the globe in various forms. It is a type of betting where the players wager on the best hand of cards. Be it just for having fun with your family and friends or playing in a professional arena, this can be played anywhere. Recently, like many other things, it has also appeared on the online platform like ฝากถอนไม่มีขั้นต่ำ(No minimum deposit and withdrawal) gambling. Its place in American culture can be understood from the fact that it has been called the national card game of the United States.
While there are several variations certain rules remain common. There are five cards for each player and the one with the least possible combination has the highest value of hands. The number of players can vary from anywhere between 2 to 14. The one who can win the ‘pot’, all the accumulated bets of the players, wins the game. The rarest is a royal flush followed by a straight flush. The worst deal of hands is no pair.
At the start of a game, all the players might contribute to the ante. In each betting interval, a player makes the first bet after which if the other player matches the bet is said to call. Another option is to raise the bet. The players have a ‘showdown’ at the end of the interval where they have to show all their cards.
Poker is ancient. As far back as the 10th century, the Chinese played something similar to this called the ‘Leaf Game’. In 1526, its mention is found in the literature as primero, primiera, or la prime in Spanish, Italian, and France respectively. England had games of brag and Germany had pochen around the 1700s sharing the bluffing features. Popularly it is known to have started in New Orleans around 1829 by French settlers who then called it ‘poque’.
At the turn of the 21st century, with the invention of hole-card cameras, the game reached the general populous via television. This was also the time when it was introduced online and expanded. The win of Chris Moneymaker in the 2003 World Series of Poker (WSOP) attracted many amateurs.
The WSOP is the big league of the game and has its root all the way back in 1949. These games were arranged by Benny Binion, who on seeing their popularity with the viewers could no longer get the idea of having top players at the same table. It became an inspiration behind events like the World Poker tour.
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