The Cadillac of poker, Texas Hold’em is the most popular card game in the world today, both online and off. As the common saying goes “It takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master.” That’s just one of the reasons hold’em is so appealing to the masses.
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Internet poker rooms run promotions, tournaments, qualifiers to land-based events and much more to keep the Hold’em crowds happy.
Very little is known about the invention of Texas Hold’em, although the Texas State Legislature recognizes Robstown, Texas as the hometown for the game back in the early 1900s.
After the game was born in Texas, it was brought to Las Vegas in 1967 by a group of Texas road gamblers who found great success in the game. This group included such iconic players as Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim Preston.
For a few years, the Golden Nugget in Downtown Vegas was the only casino to spread the game. However, the place at the time looked more like a saloon and it didn’t attract more than the die-hard players. The pros were given an invite by the Dunes in 1969 and brought the game over there. The prominent locale and the fact that most players didn’t know how to play it made hold’em very popular with the people who made a living playing poker.
In 1970, the first World Series of Poker was held at Binion’s Horseshoe Casino. In 1971, upon journalist Tom Thackrey’s suggestion, Benny Binion made No Limit Texas Hold’em the main event of the tournament. After receiving just 8 entrants the first year, the World Series of Poker exploded in 2003.
In the new millennium, poker has seen a surge in popularity all over the globe. Many believe this is caused by a variety of factors including, but not limited to:
? The growth of online poker
? The game’s appearance in film and television
? And the 2003 WSOP Main Event win by Chris Moneymaker