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History of Poker

The origin of card games goes back to ancient times. The evolution of 52-card deck from 78-card deck is generally assumed to have happened during the middle ages. The deck of 52 cards is said to represent the number of weeks in a year. The four different suits (spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds) is considered to represent the four different seasons. Each suit in a card deck has thirteen cards which is supposed to denote the thirteen weeks of each season.

History of Poker

In playing cards, pips are the small symbols on the front side of the cards that determine the suit of the card and its rank. Each suit contains three face or picture cards - the jack, queen, and king. The remaining ten cards are called pip cards and are numbered from one to ten. (The "one" is almost always changed to "ace" and often is the highest card in many games, followed by the face cards.) Each pip card consists of an encoding in the top left-hand corner (and, because the card is also inverted upon itself, the lower right-hand corner) which tells the card-holder the value of the card. In Europe, it is more common to have corner indices on all four corners which lets left-handed players fan their cards more comfortably. The center of the card contains pips representing the suit. The number of pips corresponds with the number of the card, and the arrangement of the pips is generally the same from deck to deck. Many of these 52-card poker decks contain a variation on the pip style for the Ace of Spades, often consisting of an especially large pip or even a representative image, along with information about the deck's manufacturer. If we add up the pips for each suit we get a total of ninety one pips that is said to represent the ninety one days of each season.

The origin of poker is a widely disputed topic among the poker enthusiasts around the world. However, most of them agree with the fact that poker was fashioned by combining parts of various other card games. One theory states that poker was invented in China (900 AD) as a variation of Chinese dominoes. While another theory states that poker has its roots in "as nas" an ancient Persian game that involved five players, using a deck of twenty five cards with five different suits. Yet another theory attributes the origin of poker to the German game "Pochspiel". In a game of "Pochspiel" players tap the table to pass their action which is very similar to the "check " in present day's poker. Not only this, in "Pochspiel", just like modern day poker there is an element of bluffing involved.

However, the theory seems to be most plausible is the one that states poker was derived from a French game by the name of "Poque". This theory seems credible because in 1480 A.D. when the French people arrived in New Orleans, USA they introduced the game "Poque" that involved a lot of "betting" and "bluffing". The modern day poker as we all play it also involves a lot of betting and bluffing.

Poker is the most popular card game in the world. And with each day its popularity is only increasing. Poker has now become a part of our modern culture and the expression "Poker Face" is a testimony to this fact. Sign-up now using the promo code KQSIGN for Rs.5000 cash back. For more Information visit:

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