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Never in the history of poker has it been as popular as it is right now. The most played poker game is definitely Texas Holdem. All over the world people are playing Texas Holdem games and there seems to be no end to the popularity of the game. Especially playing Texas Holdem for free on the internet has became extremely popular in the last couple of years.

Who actually invented this great poker game? Where did it originally come from? And how did free Texas Holdem games end up on the internet?

To answer these questions it is important to trace back the history of poker, to find out where it all began…

History of Poker Theories

There are many different theories about how poker came into this world and their seems to be no real proof of a forerunner of the game. Most theories agree that the game must have been created from several other games.

One of the best known explanations for the origin of Poker is the one that beliefs that Poker came from China around 900 A.D. The Chinese played this variant of poker not with cards (they weren’t invented yet), but with dominoes. The Chinese Emperor Mu Tsung introduced a game called ‘domino cards’ in 969 A.D. which is believed to be the oldest form of poker. Another theory believes that poker was born in India, were the game supposedly comes from the Indian card game of Ganjifa. Ganjifa had 96 painted playing cards and they were used for several different betting games. A game from Germany called ‘Pochspiel’ is also believed to be a forerunner of the poker game of today. The rules and the name have some similarities with the game.

Still most people believe that Poker originates from France, from the French name ‘Pogue’. This was a game, played in the 15th century, that was played with the card deck as we know it today. It was a card game that included bluffing and betting. The French  colonials brought this game to Canada and then to the United States in the early 17th century, but the game didn’t became a hit until the beginning of the 18th century in New Orleans. During the American Civil War, soldiers played the game ‘Pogue’ often to pass the time all, over the country. Different versions evolved from this first ‘Pogue’ game and they were called ‘Stud’ and ‘Draw’. The official name for the game turned into ‘Poker ‘ in 1834 by a gambler named Jonathan H. Green. Green learned how to play card games in prison and after his release he went to the Mississippi River where most of those days gambling action took place. He became a professional card player and discovered the different versions of the ‘Pogue’ game. Green loved this new game and since he couldn’t find a name in the dictionary for it, he decided to call it Poker.

History of Texas Holdem

Nobody really knows were Texas Hold em exactly comes from. The legend goes that the very first location were the game Texas Hold em was ever played in the now played version was in Robstown in Texas in 1900. The World Series of Poker Tournament made the Texas Hold em game really famous. The WSOP has been organized since 1970 at the Horseshoe in Las Vegas and ever since then the game Texas Hold em, which is played in that tournament, has been played by poker players all over the world.

Internet Texas Holdem

Thanks to modern technologies it is no longer necessary for people to travel to Las Vegas to get a piece of all the Texas Hold em poker action. Nowadays gambling is possible from people’s own living room, for free, in internet casinos. Playing in internet casinos and online poker rooms is totally free. It’s not quite clear what was the first free website was that started to feature Texas Hold em games, since all the Texas Hold em entered the internet around the same time as the start of the success of internet casinos, in the nineties of the twentieth century. Chris Moneymaker, WSOP champion in 2003 and Greg Raymer, winner of the WSOP 2004 main event were both qualified through free poker rooms on the internet