Poker has withstood the test of time as one of the most popular casino games. Its continued popularity can be attributed to the game’s ability to evolve and move with the times. Today, you can play a classic game of Poker in a state-of-the-art land-based casino, or curl up on the sofa and play online, from the comfort of your own home. Online Poker is not only convenient, but you could find some casino bonus offers to put towards your wagers, when browsing the promotions section of the site.

But how has Poker developed to become the game that we know and love today? Read on to find out more.

The origins of Poker

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Some believe that the first game of Poker was played in the 16th century, and was similar to a Persian card name called As Nas. Although alike, As Nas did not feature flushes or sequences, that are now characteristic of a classic game of Poker.

Poque however, a game played in France in the 17th century, is more similar to the game of Poker that we’re familiar with today. Poque is believed to have been adopted by French settlers when residing in New Orleans, and played as a parlour game by French sailors and traders in the 1800s.

From New Orleans, Poque then travelled to Louisiana and was played by English-speaking inhabitants, who changed its name and invented many of the modern rules that we know today — Poker was born.

Poker’s surge in popularity

Stud Poker — a five card variant — was popular on America’s west coast in the mid-17th century. As more and more people began to play the game, it evolved to incorporate seven cards, and its development didn’t end there.

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In fact, if you’re an avid casino gamer, it’s more than likely that you’ve played Stud Poker, since it eventually transformed into Texas Hold’em — one of the most popular Poker variants that is played today.

The first variations of Poker saw players use just 20 cards, but the deck was expanded in the mid-1800s, to incorporate 52 cards. Following this change, Poker’s popularity grew and was adopted as a past-time by soldiers during the American Civil War. Once the war had ended, the soldiers returned home and continued to play the game, and its influence spread further throughout the world.

Online Poker

Today, Poker has evolved tremendously and the most popular way to play is online. At an online site, you can play a classic game of Poker, or check out an exciting new variation of the game, which is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Unlike Poker at a land-based casino, you won’t have to wait for a space at the table to become available, and can dip in and out of games whenever you choose, on a variety of devices. If it’s a classy, traditional game of Poker that you’re after, then you’re in luck, since you could try your hand at Live Poker, which takes place in real time, in the company of a live dealer.

Poker has come a long way since its invention and has transformed into the game that we know and love today. The only question that remains — what does the future hold for Poker? Now that virtual reality (VR) gaming is becoming more accessible, it’s surely only a matter of time before you’re adorning a VR headset and walking into a virtual casino to play Poker.

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