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Poker Variations

Poker is a game that began in earnest on the river boats of Mississippi as the card game of choice of the early American Pioneers. It would have originally been played with a 20 card deck and would have been nearly unrecognisable from the game we know today. What really distinguishes modern Poker is the 52 card deck and common use of Community Cards. Its online accessibility on sites like has also boosted its stock amongst a new generation.

Omaha, Stud Poker, Texas Hold ‘em, Straight Poker and Draw Poker are amongst the many modern variations – but it would appear that Texas Hold ‘em is the one which really stands out. Most online poker sites put Texas Hold ‘em as their main feature, although they still market classics like 5 Card Draw.

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Poker’s Colourful Past

Poker has had a rich and colourful history. The game as we know it today through the World Series of Poker on TV and online casino games on our computers and smartphones was born and grew up in the Wild West where it passed from community to community, carried by cowboys and wandering gamblers. The Mississippi River with its gambling steam boats also played a significant part in spreading of the game from state to state, as did the Gold Rush.

If your vision of poker’s early days has been fashioned by Western movies and you imagine it being played in bars and saloons by gun toting whisky swigging gamblers; where accusations of cheating were frequent and such accusations frequently resulted in shots being fired; if you imagine maverick players winning large amounts of money and making quick getaways whilst they were still able to do so; then don’t be disillusioned. It really was very much like that.

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