-- The Early Poker Games
In the early days, a game was once described and played with a deck of 20 cards. Four players will then bet on which player's hand will be found the most valuable.
Eventually, the game spread like wildfire to the rest of the Americas, knowledge of the game reached and headed to the west alongside the California Gold Rush. Eventually the game adopted the full 52-card English deck.
The flush was then introduced to this card game, as time passed by, other additions to the game were made during the era of the American Civil War. Various modifications of the poker game was introduced including the draw poker, the stud poker which is a five-card variant of the poker game, and the straight poker.
In the year 1875, American players introduced the wild card. Around 1900, developments on the game of poker paved the way for the lowball and split-pot poker. In the year 1925, community card poker games were introduced.
The eventual spread of the poker game to other countries, especially in the Asian countries, was attributed to the US military.
The poker game, however, was not always a favorable game. Before the 1970s, Poker was usually not played at casinos because of the absence of security measures to keep out the cheaters of the game. Even up to the 1980s up to the 90s, casinos usually don't open poker game rooms in favor of roulette and black jack.
-- Present Day Poker
People only renewed their interest in the game after better security techniques were introduced alongside heavy promotion and tournament plays.
Moreover, the advent of online poker or online gambling was the main reason for the success of the poker game. Online poker or online gambling brought life to the once stagnant condition of the poker game.
With the introduction of the online poker or online gambling, more and more people of all levels and skills started to get attracted to the game of poker. Beginners and novices started to gather themselves to be able to learn or further their learning about online poker or online gambling.
Online poker or online gambling provided the common people a leverage to be able to learn the game of poker. A game that was once limited to the pleasure of rich businessmen at high rolling casinos.
-- Advantages Of Online Poker Or Online Gambling
Online poker or online gambling has several advantages over the brick and mortar poker games. Enumerated below are some of the advantages of online poker or online gambling that have been proven time and again by fanatics of the game of poker:
- The problems of massive cheating in poker games caused casinos before to close down poker rooms and prefer the blackjack or roulette games. Though security measures were already implemented on the game of poker, the game itself is still vulnerable to fraudulent tactics like collusion of the players.
Online poker or online gambling uses a software that automatically monitors and detect patterns in the games of players to be able to identify possible collusion between two or more players.
Online poker or online gambling software are also able to detect a player's IP addresses for it to be able to identify if two or more players are located in a single area which is also a possible indication of fraudulent tactics.
Also, online poker or online gambling software are able to share data to each other virtually such that online poker or online gambling software can easily keep track of players with fraudulent records and to be able to ban these players from playing further in the game.
- Online poker or online gambling has become so famous that tournaments called satellites are recognized by real-life poker tournaments. Actual winners on these satellite tournaments can gain entry in the real-life tournaments such as the World Series of Poker which is held once a year.
In fact, the 2003 and 2004 winner of the World Series of Poker, Chris Moneymaker and Greg "the Fossilman" Raymer, gained entry by winning in their online poker or online gambling tournaments.
- An advantage that is very noticeable in an online poker or online gambling is the absence of the psychological factor of the game. Players of an online poker or online gambling game do not face each other. They are located far away from each other and only play the game in a virtual room.
No one will be able to observe an opponent's reaction or body language and instead players will have to focus on their betting patterns to be able to have an idea of their card hands.
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