Poker has been experiencing strong growth for years in France and all countries of the world. Today, this card game has established itself as the trendy money game. The biggest events organized by the most prestigious casinos are, indeed, very often Poker tournaments. It must be said that the format of the game lends itself perfectly to success: bluff, raise and check-raise, everything is done to increase the suspense to its climax. And among the different game variants, Texas Hold’em poker is the winner. Although this version is now very well known among players, the story of its creation is often little known and deserves a few moments.
The birth of Texas hold’em poker
Although no one has the exact certainty, the birthplace of Texas Holds ’em poker is often attributed to the town of Robstown, Texas around 1900. The hold’em has developed since 1970 and is now growing very fast thanks to the simplicity of its operation. Any beginner is, indeed, able to quickly understand the rules while having fun. The game is very accessible even though, of course, becoming a professional poker player requires huge commitments, both financial and intellectual.
It was in 1967 that Texas Hold’em poker was first available in Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget casino, then in the Dunes casino at the entrance to the Las Vegas Strip. The game will be a real success. His highly remunerative side will benefit many professional players who will popularize this variant of poker. Thus, in 1970, Benny and Jack Binion will launch the first WSOP (World Series of Poker). In 1971, the Main Event of this competition will become the poker hold’em and will attract every year more and more competitors. Eight players in 1970, the number will increase to over 200 participants in 1991. On a trip to Las Vegas, Irish bookmakers Terry Rodgers and Liam Food will be seduced by Texas Hold’em poker concept and will export the game to Europe in the early 1980s.
The 2000s: Texas Hold’em poker explosion in the United States
Although poker did not have an excellent reputation once because of the mafia, Texas Hold’em poker is still going to be a massive success in the 2010s. Chris Moneymaker, an amateur Poker player, and online Poker player will win the right to compete in the prestigious WSOP tournaments. In 2003, he will claim victory in this competition and will leave with the exceptional sum of $ 2.5 million for $ 40 admission. The televised broadcast of this true triumph will have the effect of a big boom activating, thus, the dream of becoming rich through poker among thousands of players. The latter will then abandon the classic versions of poker to devote themselves to Texas Hold’em poker. In 2004, more than 2,500 participants will compete in the WSOP’s hold’em tournament. Today, more and more players are being tempted by the practice of Texas Hold’em poker, and many of them are even becoming professional poker players.