8 Facts About Poker And Their History You Should Know

8 Facts About Poker

Poker is one of the most popular card games/sports in the world. It is played by professional and amateur players alike, in a live casino setting as well as online! Today, we’ll be looking at some facts that every poker player must know about the history of the game. 

  • What year did poker start? 

The game of poker has been around since 1829 and started in New Orleans by French settlers. The game involved bluffing your way to a win or bets originally called ‘Poques’, which was similar to today’s draw poker. 

Joseph Cowell reported the game was played in 1829, with four players betting on the most valuable hand. By 1837, Hoyle, R.F. Foster noted that the game of poker, as it was played in the US, was 5 cards per player, from a 20-card deck.

The game spread like rapid-fire, and shortly after, the 52-card deck we are familiar with today was introduced. 

  • What Is The Longest Game Of Poker?

The Bird Cage Theatre in Arizona claims that it hosted the longest game of poker. The game started in 1881 and lasted for an incredible 8 years, 5 months and 3 days. 

The minimum buy-in was $1000, and it was played by very well-known wild west personalities like Diamond Jim Brady, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Legend has it that over $10 million changed hands over the 8 years, and 10% of that went to the Bird Cage. 

  • What Is The Biggest Ever Poker Win?

Antonio Esfandiari holds this title. Back in 2012, he won the $1million buy-in WSOP Big One For One Drop, and walked away with an incredible payout of $18.3 million! 

  • When Was The First Online Poker Game Played?

January 1st, 1998 was the day online poker was officially born. Money was allowed to change hands the first stakes set were $3/$6 No Limit Hold’em! 

  • When Was The First Time Poker Was Televised?

In 1973, the World Series Of Poker was shown on TV! It was a big celebration as it was the first time poker was being televised on national television in the US. This further pushed the sport into the spotlight and gained popularity! 

  • Who Was The Most Secretive Poker Player?

Isildur1 had a reputation that precedes them. They would play any player and create a buzz, unlike any poker player before them. 

In 2009, Isildur1 was a legendary name, and it appeared to come from nowhere and had zero sponsorship. Isildur1 beat Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey and Patric Antonious and many other poker stars of the time.

With this, other players decided to break down Isildur1’s play and analyze how his run was so spectacular. We now know that Isildur1 is Viktor Blom, and he has managed to create interest and a sense of excitement in poker like never before.

What made Isildur1 so awe-inspiring is his aggressive playstyle won him over $2 million from just $2000 in a short space of time. Also, it is believed that Viktor Blom has made in excess of $6 million to date. 

  • What Was The Black Friday Of Poker?

April 15th 2011 is known as the Black Friday in Poker. The Department of Justice seized the domains of the leading online poker platforms.

Many of the players had their money in their accounts and it wasn’t sure if they would get them back.It was announced that the US players will be impacted. This rocked the poker scene in the US! 

  • How Many People Play Online Poker Today?

According to the World Series of Poker, there are 100 million people playing poker online, and over 60 million of that is in the USA. All of those historical moments make poker one of the most popular ways to spend time both online and offline. 

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