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The origins of six casino games

Mental_Floss has posted an interesting article showcasing the history of six casino favourites.

Records of games like poker exist as far back as 1526, when Europeans played a game called primero or primiera with three-card hands that were ranked like modern poker hands. The bluffing-and-betting variation we now play dates back to around 1700 in England, which later morphed into a French came called “poque.” When the French brought the game to Louisiana in the early 19th century, Americans corrupted the name in “poker,” and the game caught on.

Texas hold ‘em, the popular variation often played in competitive tournament formats, has cloudy origins, but the Texas State Legislature officially recognizes the small city of Robstown, Texas, as the birthplaces of Texas hold ‘em at some point during the early 20th century. Hold ‘em began to catch on in Las Vegas during the 1960s and really took off when the World Series of Poker gained popularity.

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