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Five Fun Facts About Poker

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Love playing poker? New to the game? Whatever your level of experience, we bet there are several things you didn’t know about poker. How much are we willing to bet? Not real money, don’t be silly. We’ll let you save that for the real tables. Today’s post is just for fun, literally, as we explore 5 fun facts about poker we bet you didn’t know.


Poker was once played with just 20 cards

Whether you watch poker on TV, play live, or enjoy online Texas Hold’em, you know that poker is played with a 52-card deck (at least as far as traditional poker games go). But that wasn’t always the case. Did you know that centuries ago, poker was played with just 20 cards? Players were dealt five cards each and everyone bet on who had the best hand. With just 5 cards, there could only be four players in any given game. In fact, the first documented mention of a 52-card deck was way back in 1834.

The first televised poker game was…

Boring. Absolutely boring. At least by today’s standards. Back in 1973, CBS decided to air poker on television in an attempt to capture the excitement of the game and bring it into the homes of millions. So they broadcast the World Series of Poker from Las Vegas, which had a first place prize of $130,000. Back then, there were no hole card cameras, so the broadcast was incredibly boring by today’s standards.


You can thank hockey for the poker explosion

A lot of people attribute online poker sites for fueling the poker revolution. And that may be somewhat true. After all, once people saw that an online poker nobody could turn a small entry fee into a World Series of Poker bracelet and become a millionaire, it was a game changer. But it wasn’t just online poker that you can thank for igniting the poker revolution. In 2004, the NHL went on strike. This forced broadcasters in Canada and the United States to find alternative broadcasting. And so they tossed poker on TV and the rest is history.

The longest poker game ever lasted over 8 years

Think it’s exhausting watching poker players in Vegas sit, fold, much, and raise for 12 hours straight? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Back in 1881, the Bird Cage tournament, held at the Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone, Arizona, boasted a $1,000 buy-in and attracted some of the biggest gunslingers and poker personalities from the Old West. The game apparently lasted 8 years, 5 months, and 3 days, though there’s no actual documentation to support this fact.


There are 54,912 possible 3-of-a-kind combos in Hold’em

Sounds like a huge number, right? After all, there are 52 cards in a deck, only four suits, and only 13 different value of cards (assuming, 10, J, Q, K are different values, which they aren’t). But it’s simple math really. Or complex math, which we won’t even get into. With that said, poker is a game of stats and odds, so knowing your numbers is key.

How many facts did you know?

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Antoine Foxx

33 year old male. Has visited Las Vegas several times as well as other great gambling places. Always having a good time. After having a little girl, he couldn’t travel as much so he started enjoying online gaming. Antoine is always looking for something different and interesting. Part time rock star but full time computer geek, he never seems to guarantee a balanced life. Enjoys Cajun food a lot!