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History of Texas Hold'em

Texas Hold'em poker is the most popular type among all the community card games. It is widely played in most casinos in the western part of United States and the no-limit type of Texas Hold'em is played as the main event in the world championship of the World Series of Poker tournament.

There have been arguments to where the origins of Texas Hold'em came from. Many believe that the game originated from China in 900 AD, and that the game was likely to be derived from a domino game. The Chinese emperor named Mu-tsung was believed to have played a Hold'em poker-type of game using domino cards on the Eve of New Year in 969 AD.

Card fragments, probably dating back from the 12th or 13th century, found by archeologists in Egypt suggests that the game of Hold'em originated from the region. Another theory that some people believe is that the cards used nowadays in Texas Hold'em came from the Indian card game of Ganjifa.

There is another theory about the history of Texas Hold'em. Some believed the game originated from 'as-nas' which is a five-player game from Persia. The game used a 25-card deck with five suits. But the argument in this theory is that the game of 'as-nas' dates back during the 17th century and it is the only recorded game of its time.

The French game of 'poque' is believed to be the most legitimate of all the claims. The game was brought by French settlers to New Orleans in 1480. Texas Hold'em and poque has many similar game skills such as bluffing and betting; even the deck of cards used for both games is similar.

This version of the history of Texas Hold'em poker in the United States is more consistent. The fundamentals of French poque that was brought and introduced in New Orleans by the immigrants, found its way to the Mississippi and Ohio riverbanks. The popularity of the game made it possible for it to travel across the United States through wagons and then trains. And the rest as they say is history.

During the Civil War, Texas Hold'em had some revisions and new versions of the game were created; the straight poker, stud poker and draw poker [were Texas Hold'em truly originated from]. The Europeans introduced and added the 'joker' in 1875 - a type of wild card - and this marked the conclusion of Texas Hold'em history.

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