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The History Of Texas Holdem Poker

Texas Holdem Poker has enjoyed an unprecedented level of interest on a global scale during the past decade. International tournaments draw players and fans from around the world. People of all ages watch the broadcasts on television and follow the exploits of their favorite players. When the fathers of Texas Holdem invented the game, they could not have imagined the surge of popularity their game would enjoy.

Texas Holdem Is Invented

Despite the current level of passion that surrounds Texas Holdem, its true origin remains shrouded in uncertainty. Most players and fans concede that the game was born in the town of Robson, Texas in the early 1900's, though theories regarding who created the game are considered speculation. But, from humble beginnings, a legend began to grow.

Texas Holdem Takes Root And Spreads

For decades, Texas Holdem was played mostly in Texas where it spread slowly. However, in 1967, a small group of poker players from Texas brought the game to Las Vegas. This group included Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim and Crandell Addington. They were convinced it would become popular with players in Las Vegas as Texas Holdem was a game of strategy (allowing 4 rounds of betting instead of the 2 rounds in normal poker games).

Texas Holdem was adopted by the Golden Nugget Casino in downtown Las Vegas which, for 2 years, remained the only casino in Las Vegas where it could be played. In 1969, the game was introduced to the Las Vegas Strip at the Dunes Casino in order to attract a richer group of players. However, 1970 marked a turning point in Texas Holdem history when Jack and Benny Binion launched the World Series Of Poker tournament and hosted it at their Binion's Horseshoe Casino. In the second year of the tournament, Texas Holdem was catapulted to the position of the tournament's main event.

Tournament Spearheads Surge In Popularity

The prestige and growing popularity of the Binions' World Series Of Poker proved an important catalyst for the world's interest in Texas Holdem. As their tournament attracted interest from players, fans and the media, Texas Holdem began to experience a wave of popularity. In 1972, there were only 8 players in the tournament with the prize set at $80,000. However, by 1982, over 100 players contended for a chance at a $520,000 prize. By 1991, more than 200 gamblers fought for the prize of $1 million.

Cable TV And The Internet

While the last couple of decades of the 20th century saw Texas Holdem rise in stature, the first years of the 21st century ignited the spark that would truly catapult the game into the public eye. The convergence of cable TV broadcasts of the tournaments, massive escalation in the number of online poker sites and the 2003 victory by Chris Moneymaker, a player who qualified from an online satellite tournament, took the world by storm. Those events opened the door to usher in a new crop of fans and players inspired by the dream of winning a Texas Holdem tournament.

The State Of Texas Holdem Today

Today, interest in Texas Holdem continues to grow. Once played mostly by other gamblers, the tournaments are now watched by millions of fans on television. Each day, new players discover the game by joining online poker sites and playing anonymously with other beginners. They have the opportunity to qualify for the World Of Series Poker tour online. When the creators of Texas Holdem invented the game long ago, they could not have dreamed what their game would become.