The Mysterious Origins of Texas Hold’em Poker
While Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular poker variants today, nobody actually knows how this card game was first conceived. The only thing we’re sure of is that its first shot to fame started in the late 60s when Las Vegas casinos began offering them to their patrons who found it to be a more refined version of other popular poker variants.
The inventor of Texas Hold’em
Even though there are some disputes about who really invented this popular poker variant, many historians credit it to a legendary Texas road gambler named T. Blondie Forbes. Meanwhile, the state of Texas has officially recognized Robstown as the first place where this beloved game was first played in the early 1900s.
The rise of Texas Hold’em
After the game’s invention in the early 1900s, it remained unknown outside Texas for decades. However, everything changed when it was introduced in Las Vegas by Corky McCorquodale and was later declared by a renowned poker player Crandell Addington as one of the most refined poker variants due to the amount of skills and strategies involved.
Other prominent poker players followed suit, including Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim. And when popular casinos began holding this poker variant in the late 1960s, more professional poker players took this game seriously.
The popularity of Texas Hold’em further surged in the 2000s thanks to exposure on television, pop literature, and social media. Of course, the increased coverage of the World Series of Poker or WSOP has also propelled the game in pop culture.
WSOP is a series of poker tournaments held every year in Nevada. It all started in 1970 when Benny Binion invited seven celebrity poker players to Horseshoe Casino for a single match.
Becoming a pop culture
One of the reasons why Texas Hold’em has gone mainstream can be attributed to Doyle Brunson who in 1978 published a book guide called Super System in which he shared the strategies and skills one must possess to win in this game.
The book gained a cult following, which inevitably elevated the prestige of Texas Hold’em. Yet despite its growing popularity, it remained illegal in California up until the 80s over an argument that it’s a game of strategy rather than chance.
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