Poker: How Is Gambling Linked With This Game?


Poker: How Is Gambling Linked With This Game?

Poker belongs to the family of card games that involves strategy, skills as well as gambling. By and large, gambling is an essential part of this game, encompassing all its variants. Let us explore the game of poker in greater depth and try to figure out how this game goes hand in hand with gambling.

Poker: How Is Gambling Linked With This Game?
Poker: How Is Gambling Linked With This Game?

When Did The Game Of Poker Come Into Existence?

The origin of this game dates back in the beginning of the 19th century in the United States of America. Thereafter, the game gradually became one of the most popular pastimes across the world. Moreover, by the end of the 20th century, many historians and game scholars including noted English historian David Parlett, claimed that the game of poker is directly derived from As-Nas, an ancient card game of Persian origin. Some other grassroots level information about the game of poker is as follows:

  • The game of poker became far more popular than ever in the wake of gaming developments, including the rising vogue of the ‘World Series of Poker’ , in the 1990s.
  •  World Series Of Porker is an annual poker tournament series. It is held in Las Vegas, USA. It was first held in 1970.
  • By 2019, WSOP had as many as 90 major events to its credit. These events have been popularizing most of the major variants of the game.

How To Play This Game?

If you are a beginner and looking forward to stepping into the game of poker, you must first learn to play the ‘Texas hold’ em poker’. It is probably the easiest and one of the most popular variants of the game. Furthermore, the structure of ‘Texas hold’ em’ version of the game is methodically described in the following bullet points:

  • The game begins with the distribution of cards among the players.
  • Each player receives two face-down cards. These cards are usually known as ‘hole cards’ and are considered a player’s hand. Here comes the first round of betting.
  • The dealer then turns five board cards or community (face-up) cards, in three stages.
  • In the first stage of this card turning process, the dealer turns three cards in just one go. Thereafter, the second round of betting takes place.
  • In the next two stages, the dealer turns the remaining two of the five cards. To be more specific, one card is turned in each stage.
  • After each stage, comes a round of betting in the game.
  • To win this game, a player has to make the best, or rather the highest five-card combination out of their own (two) and the (five) community cards.
  • However, a player can also make the best hand through all five cards on the board and not using their cards, which is “playing the board”.
  • Apart from cards, the game also involves a dealer button used to mark the player who is dealing as well as chips.
Poker: How Is Gambling Linked With This Game?
Poker: How Is Gambling Linked With This Game?

 Besides hold’ em, some other variants of the game include stud (5-card and 7-card) poker, community poker, Omaha and five-card draw poker.

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