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Discover the Unclear History of Poker

Poker is a popular card game carried out all around the world and unlike any other casino card game can be played against other people and not against the house. The exact origin of poker is a subject of widespread debate and there is no concrete evidence to link to an early ancestor of the game. It is most likely the modern day form of the game is a combination of elements from a number of different games played throughout time. This article delves into the history of poker to discover more.

A popular belief is that the Chinese invented the game around 900 AD deriving the game from Chinese dominoes, it is reported that they played "domino cards". Another belief is that it originated in the 17th century from a Persian game called "as nas". The game required a deck of 25 cards with 5 suits and was designed for 5 players. 
Most game historians disagree with the above and state that poker is from an 18th century French game called "Poque", and yet others reference a German game that involved bluffing called "pochspiel" and some even say it is derived from the Hindu word "pukka". The opinions continue with some referencing the word poker came from an underworld slang word "poke" a term used for pickpockets and "hocus-pocus" the term popularised by magicians. There is no clear links and no definitive answer; it is safe to say modern day poker arrived from an amalgamation of many different games and words.
Fortunately the history of US poker is a little clearer. Poker travelled from New Orleans by steamboat up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, it then travelled via wagon and train. Poker variants such as stud poker were popularised in the Civil War. Today US poker is strictly regulated by gambling laws and is available in many casinos and card rooms. It has grown into a popular sporting event with competitions and tournaments available all over the world.
The history is unclear but one thing for certain is that poker has evolved throughout the years to become the game we know and love today. Everyday poker is played by many around the world and is merely just a means of gambling or money making, it is sheer fun. This is one of the reasons the game has flourished and will continue to flourishScience Articles, and with the advent of online poker and televised poker it can only get stronger.

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