If you are a poker fan, you probably have been playing for years without asking yourself where it comes from.

Although this card game is very popular today. What’s more, a few decades ago playing this one was completely illegal, so whoever dared was always at risk.

– Origin of the word poker
– And then the game came
– Did you know… ?

Origin of the word poker
Answering the origin of the word poker is not an easy task. To begin with there are several possible options, and also, at various moments of time.

If you ask a Spanish, he would say that poker comes from the “first” (“primero”) a very common game in Spain during the sixteenth century.

The French, however, would explain that their origins are in the poque, a card game in which bluffs are made.

Although probably the response of the Gallic was the most accurate, the Hindu term “pukka” or the German “pochen”, it seems that they have also had their share of influence.

So, what is the definitive answer? The combination.
And then the game came

You already know that the origin of the word poker is not very clear, and we regret to say that the game is not either.
Although the theory that we are going to tell next seems pretty accurate, the truth is that no version is 100% safe.

Everything indicates that the origin of poker is in a set of influences: the Persian game As Nas, the German Pochen, the French Poque … Let’s say that poker was erasmus and was influenced by all cultures.

But the first data seems to indicate that everything started in China in the year 869. However, the Asian game was not played with cards, but with chips very similar to dominoes.

From the made in China, the following data transports us in time to the theory of the poque. This marks its origins about 200 years ago and is, in our opinion, the one that can approach reality the most.

The theory says that the French colonists exported the game “poque” to the fascinating New Orleans, and from there the game was expanded by land and sea. The navigators of the boats of the Mississippi were great followers of the game, so that this one became the game of traps par excellence.

In 1834, Jonathan H. Green, published the first book in which his rules were shown. Green described poker as a game of deception, and the navigators of the Mississippi ships came to invent all kinds of tricks to win their opponents.

In addition, the rules of the game described by Green indicated that 20 cards should be played, and the maximum number of players was 4.

Did you know… ?
There are other interesting facts related to the topic that you may be interested in knowing. Do you know what is the origin of Texas Hold’em or why is it played with 52 cards? Keep reading!

– The origin of poker face dates back only a few years ago. The poker face of Lady Gaga gave this expression the popularity it has today. The idea is clear: no one should be able to read your face and know what you think.

– It is not by chance that there are 52 cards with which one plays: this number corresponds to the weeks that are in a year, and in addition, the four suits are a representation of the four seasons (we do not know which suit corresponds to what station). In addition, as a curious fact, the popular joker joined the rest of the cards in 1875.

– The origin of Poker Texas Hold’em, one of the best-known versions, seems to be in the year 1900. However, the 70s were a key moment for this type of game because it was the decade in which the Texas Hold’em was introduced in the world series.

Although we know that until relatively few years ago, poker was an illegal game and who wanted to play a game had to do it secretly and always taking a risk, it is difficult to imagine.

Nowadays, the expansion, thanks in part to the influence of the internet and the online poker boom, has made it evolve rapidly.

The operators offer all kinds of game modes and also without leaving home. Capable of playing Spanish with French, Germans and Americans, we return to the origins: all for one, and one for all.

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