Have you heard of poker? Of course, you’d have. It’s the most popular card game that’s played by almost all people around the world. But, did you know how poker came into existence? Well, it has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. People from various cultures had the habit of playing games of chance using dominos, simple dice, and different cards. Only during the early 19th century it evolved into a game called poker.

What the French, Egyptians, and the Chinese had to say?

It’s widely believed that poker originated from the Chinese game of domino cards. During the early 900 CE, the then ruler of China, Emperor Mu-Tsung and his wife wanted to celebrate their new year with new games. They came up with a card game that involves a lot of chance and blends the elements of modern day poker and mahjong. This is known to be the origin of poker games.


But various other popular card games continued to evolve over time. Sometime during the 12th and 13th century Egyptians started using cards to play game of chances. Only during the 16th century the Persians invented a card game that was similar to the modern day poker. It was called Ganjifa by the natives, but later it was played worldwide and called as Treasure Cards. This game dealt with 96 cards in a deck and was made of thin slices of ivory and wood.

About the same time, a card game called Primero was gaining popularity in Spain. It was a game of bluff that involved three cards for each player. Very soon Germans started playing a variant of this game called Pochen.  It was then played among the French nationals as Poque. During the colonialism of the French in the 19th century, this game became popular among the new world. It was then eventually carried over across the entire world.

Poker as you know today

Over the years, Poker evolved into a more sophisticated, fun game. It involves decks of cards with each deck containing 32 cards and a few joker cards. During the early 90’s, Poker was one of the famous card games and many poker clubs and casinos were set up owing to its popularity. Poker night, as you know, might be associated with potato chips, cigars, and men with drinks. But it also found its way into the families and friend circles. Poker became so popular that many casinos and clubs started organizing Poker tournament all around the world.

Poker is a game of strategy, skills, and of course some luck – but mostly, it’s a good way to have fun. Several variants of poker are played now and if you want to try your hands at them all, you can switch the game version for various deals. The variations are endless and you can come up with your own version once you get the hang of it.

Poker has also found its way online with the advent of internet. Nowadays, many people have started to play poker online. All you need to do is just find a poker site, sign-up, and start playing!