Poker History, In Brief

Poker is one of the most popular casino games, and household games, today, and surprisingly its history goes back to before the 19th Century. Most historians believe that the origin of poker is the Chinese game known as domino cards played during the festive seasons. They estimate this to date back to around 11th BC. Here we take a brief look at Poker through the ages:

  • Egyptian poker: During the 12thand 13thCenturies, the Egyptians had their own version of poker which was played with large decks engraved using traditional tools.
    Persian poker: In the 16thCentury, the Persians created their own poker version which was extremely popular. They had 96 decks of wood or ivory, each with different decorations.
  • Spanish poker: During the same period, the Spanish were playing a version of poker using three cards for each player and the players would bluff each other by holding a poor card against the other two. They called this card game the ‘Primero’.
  • French poker: The French caught the bug and advanced the ‘Primero’ which evolved into a game known as ‘Poque’. Eventually the ‘Primero’ became the mother of modern poker when the French took it across to Canada. When it reached America, it evolved to become the modern poker we know today. You can get more information here.
  • Modern poker: In the 19th Century it was known as the cheating game. Players from all walks of like enjoyed playing this game. It has now become a popular online game. In fact, now with the advent of online casinos you can find many traditional games, like bingo for example, that have been converted into an online version, with plenty of extra bonuses than the land varieties offered.

Poker is one of the oldest games played in the world. Many games have come and gone, others faded into oblivion, but poker has withstood the test of time and is still a favorite in-person and online game.