When anyone talks about a game of poker, they are more often than not describing a game of Texas Hold em Poker. This version of the game is the most popular and widely played because of its easy playing style and the number of combinations that can be done to play a winning hand. This version of the game also has a culture of being played, and it’s this history that makes it particularly appealing to fans of the game.
How it all began
Texas Hold em Poker was first played in – no prizes for guessing – Texas. It was first played in Robstown in the first half of the twentieth century and soon spread to other parts of Texas. It was in 1967 that it made its foray into other states, beginning with Las Vegas.
Crandell Addington is the man credited with bringing the game to Las Vegas, and he has also been known to describe the game as a thinking man’s game because of the amount of strategy involved in it. Once it made its way into Vegas, there was no looking back.
The Las Vegas story
During its early years in Vegas, the game wasn’t so widely played, mainly because it was restricted to a single casino, The Golden Nugget. This casino was not very popular especially among the high rollers, so the game wasn’t as widely played yet. That changed when the first Texas Hold em Poker tournament was played in 1969 at The Dune casino. High rollers were attracted to the game as soon as they saw that there was a good possibility to win back a lot of cash on each game and this is what helped the game’s visibility increase.
Rise to Fame
Another event that shot the game to its current cult status occurred in 1970 when the World Series of Poker tournament was held, this time with Texas Hold Em as the main attraction. As the tournament itself grew in popularity every year, more and more players came to know about the game and more of them began to play it.
You’d be surprised to know that books also had a lot to do with the spread of Texas Hold Em. There were poker strategy books authored by Doyle Brunson and Al Alvarez in the ‘70s and ‘80s, which also featured a description of a live poker tournament.
The Game today
In modern times, as you can see from any casino around, Texas Hold Em Poker is still the most played version of the game. No matter where you are, you can always catch a game, even if it means watching a live tournament, or playing it in your own parlour. It’s this rich history that has given the game somewhat of a cult status and fans of the game take great pride in playing it and continuing its tradition. Enlist yourself in a tournament to see what all the fuss is about!