Texas Hold’em, known as the ‘thinking man’s game’, had a humble start in the poker world. The game as you may have guessed started out in Texas during the early part of the 20th century.
The exact conditions under which the game was invented, however, aren’t exactly clear. Yet, we do know that Texas Hold’em remained in Texas until 1967, when it was introduced to Las Vegas.
The rules of Texas Hold’em are very logical and simple which require just a few minutes to learn. The game gives the player the opportunity to play strategically, and it is most likely why the game took off.
Quick Brief: Two cards, known as hole cards, are dealt face down to each player, and then five community cards are dealt face up in three stages. The stages consist of a series of three cards knows as ‘the flop’, later an additional single card known as ‘the turn’ or ‘fourth street’, and a final card, the river or fifth street. The aim of the game is to get the best poker hand from any combination of the seven cards of the five community cards, and their two hole cards.
For the first few years it launched in Vegas, players would only be able to play Texas Hold’em at one casino, The Golden Nugget. It wasn’t until 1969 that the game took off after it was held in a lobby of The Dune casino. The Dune Casino provided a prime location, right on The Strip, so the tournament ended up being financially rewarding for a number of high rollers, increasing the popularity of the game.
This was the start of Texas hold'em poker's rise to fame. It then went on to be held at poker tournaments, written about in books, and eventually became part of the professional poker world.
Texas Hold’em is now a world-renowned and mainstream game played by anyone from beginners to professionals. It has come a long way from its humble beginnings, and is definitely worth your time!