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HISTORY OF POKER AND A LITTLE TRIVIA

  • Many early Oriental playing poker games cards were actually sticks that were later widened and shortened  and designed with images.
  • Playing Cards were most likely invented in China in 1120 A.D.
  • Playing cards were introduced into Europe in the 1300’s.
  • When Columbus landed in North America in 1492, his men plucked wide leaves from trees, drew images on them and played cards.
  • Due to French influence, Spades represents nobility, Diamonds represents merchants, Clubs represents the peasants and Hearts represents the clergy.
  • Edmond Hoyle lived to be 97 years old but he still died 150 years before poker was invented or played in America.
  • Hoyle’s book, A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist, was about Bridge, not poker.
  • In the  1800’s, 2,000 to 2,500 riverboat gamblers played poker on America’s waterways.  By contemporary accounts, no more than four of these Poker Players were honest all the time.  A straight beat a flush at this time.
  • Historians generally agree that Wild Bill Hickock was a lousy poker player.
  • Dead Man’s Hand, is two pair, Aces and8’s, the hand Wild Bill Hickock was holding when he was shot.  Contrary to popular belief, the exact suits or colors (black/red) he was holding when he was shot in the back is just not known today.
  • Jack McCall killed Wild Bill Hickock because he thought he had been cheated out of a twenty-five cent pot (he probably had been).  That’s equal to $ 26.25 in 1996 dollars.
  • Groucho Marx got his name from carrying his Poker Money in a “grouch bag”.
  • A fifth suit of cards, called Eagle, was introduced in 1937 but  never caught on.  The reason for it was to force the public to buy new decks of cards.
  • Former President Richard Nixon won $ 6,000 playing poker in his first two months in the U.S. Navy during WWII.  That’s equal of $ 42,640 in 1996 dollars.  He used that money, and more poker winning, to finance his run for the U.S. Congress in 1946, which he won.
  • Returning from the Potsdam Conference in 1945, President Harry S Truman played pot limit poker sixteen hours a day for a week with the press corps.
  • At least 65,000,000 Americans regularly play poker.
  • Las Vegas casinos are not legally obliged to pay off their Gambling Debts.