Poker descends from the French "poque" which closely resembles a Persian game called "as nas" and the game was taught by Persian sailors to the French settlers in New Orleans.

Poker is a game of luck, skill and psychology, and is played with a 52 card deck, by two or more players.

There are many different variants, but the most popular games are;
Texas Holdem, Seven Card Stud, Omaha and Draw Poker.

Other online poker games that are increasing in popularity are;
Razz, Lowball and Pineapple Poker.

Jack Binnion, the owner of the famous Binnion's Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas invited in 1970 the best poker players in America to his casino for the first World Series of Poker Championship.

Johnny Moss became the first WSOP champion.
He also won the WSOP Championship the following year and he is recognized as one of the all time greatest poker players.

The most popular online Casino poker games seems to be;
Pai Gow, Caribbean Stud and Video poker games

Online poker took its first baby steps in 1998, and it created mixed feelings amongst real time casino poker players.

Some players thought it would damage real poker games in casinos by tempting regular players to only play poker online.

Others were fascinated that they could remain at home and play poker (in the underwear) against real people from the whole world.

Online poker has become extremely popular in the recent years. Especially since the 2003 World Series of Poker Championship, when Chris Moneymaker,(yes it is his real name) won 2.5 million dollars after qualifying through a 40 dollar satellite tournament on the internet. He had played poker online for about three years, but this was actually the first time he played live poker in a casino.

Poker has become the most popular of all gambling games, both in casinos and on the internet.

The players bet on the value of their hands and the highest ranked hand wins.

Successful poker players mostly makes their winnings from the mistakes their opponents make, and rarely from their own brilliant play.

In order to play poker with profit, one must learn the basic rules and procedures, the values of the various combinations of cards, and correct strategy for each individual poker game.

You must be disciplined regarding proper starting hands. Raising, checking, calling and folding with the proper hands will minimize your losses and maximize your wins.

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