It is very difficult to trace down the origins of the playing cards and poker. This is mainly because; there are thousands of theories that credit the invention of poker. Some of these include the Chinese theory that boast the Tarot cards for fortune telling, then there are the French settlers who boast of inventing a game of cards known as poque, which also involved betting and bluffing.
The reality is the poker has its history in the nineteenth century when con men plied their riverboats and adapted the game to poke or cash and then it was after this that the game of poker was invented in the year 1834.
It was in the 1800s itself that the game spread to the west and came to be known as the ‘wild west’ period of American history, which was booming period for poker with every saloon in the US having a poker table.
The year 1970 was considered to be the best for poker, when Las Vegas Casino Owner Benny Binion kept a poker tournament for all the best poker players in the world and this is when World Series of Poker took place. Today, Texas Holdem Poker, variation of poker has gained huge popularity among people all around the world.