The card game Poker has been around since 1829 and it was started by the French Settlers in New Orleans, and it involved bluffing your way to a win originally called Poques. It has over the years advanced and in 1998 online Poker was born and it’s reported the first online hands of Poker were $3-$6 Limit Hold’em games.
Did you know Poker is among the most lucrative events to bet on, in the world? Baseball, Football and Basketball are high earning sports, however when pitted against Poker they do not match up with the sum of awards for poker adding up to over 44,2 million and in 1993 the WSOP Main Event was the first tournament to offer a $1 million prize pool.
The biggest Poker win belongs to Antonia Esfandiari. He entered the 2012 WSOP Big One for One Drop with a $1million buy in and walked away with a record breaking $18.3 million win.
There have also been some dark moments in the Poker Industry. On April 15th, 2011, the Department of Justice seized domains of some of the industry leaders in online poker. Many Poker players had substantial amounts of cash in their accounts, and this subsequently rocked the world of online poker. Poker Black Friday changed the game for millions of players and even ended in some being convicted.
Televised Poker games have also increased the games popularity with a range of Twitch streamers streaming live poker matches further taking the game into the modern era.
It is said that over 100 million people play online poker and over 60 million reside in the USA. It makes sense as all the historical Poker moments have taken place in the USA. It’s a game that dates back centuries and keeps growing in popularity with developers designing new and exciting variants.