Poker is a game that is being played in casinos around the world. It is also played between friends not for gambling or money but just for fun. This game is being played for many years in the industry. The game has got new fans with the start of online casinos where you can play poker or any game of your choice from your home. The game of poker was played in 1829 in New Orleans, Louisiana with a deck of 20 cards and four players. The players were betting on each cards. This is reported by English actor Joseph Cowell. This game had then spread to other parts of the country by the boats in the Mississippi river. This game became a favourite past time in the riverboats. This is described in the book “an exposure of art and miseries of gambling” by Jonathan H.Green. Soon the game had spread over to all places and also changes were made to the game.
A full 52-card French deck was introduced and used in the game.Also flush was introduced in the game. A flush is a five-card in the player's hand containing cards of same unit. Like five cards of spade or five cards of hearts, etc. They need not be in sequential order. Rules for the game were added as they game was played further. Rule book was also released. The game was played intensively during the years of civil war and many changes were made to the game. With each change, a new game of poker was found. Stud poker and straight were found during the years of civil war. Further additions were made to the game and many new variations of poker were found. Wild card (1875), low ball and split pot poker (1900) and community card poker (1925) were found in the years that followed.
World series of poker (WSOP) was found in 1970 from when the poker series became famous. Many books were also written about the game and also about the tips and strategies to be followed in the game. By the 1980’s poker became more of a recreational activity rather than gambling.After the online casinos and television programs with hole card cameras, poker became very popular even across the united states. Many poker tours have emerged over the years, due to its popularity. In 2009,the International Federation of poker was found in Lausanne, Switzerland. The game is not seen as a gambling game but more of a mind sport since there are many strategies used in the game. This game is played based on skill and not on luck like most of the other games played in casinos.Tournaments are conducted and official world champions are found. We can even say that poker is not a game of gambling. Many people accept this fact. But some don’t as they feel that since the game involves money, it is gambling.We cannot take only that reason. We invest money on share market, start-up of small businesses, etc.
They might get you back the money you invested or you may even lose your money. Though you go through many things before investing, the result may be in any form. But it is not gambling. You are investing in something. Similarly, in a game of poker, even though you play for money, it is only based upon your skill that you will win or lose. So this does not come under gambling fully.To play a game of poker, you need concentration, skill, etc. You should be able to judge if the other player is bluffing or playing genuinely. You need to take risks and play. This is applicable to most games that are played using mind. So poker cannot be told as only a gambling game. You should develop skills to win the game. All said, in other games the players neither get money when they win, nor lose their money if they lose. In this aspect, the game should be considered as a gambling game only. So it is up to the individual to decide upon this as no one can give a verdict in this. All said, the individual should take care that they do not become an addict and lose money in these gambling games.
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