When, and indeed where, did the game of poker start? Well that is unfortunately a question to which there is no definitive answer. The origins of the game are shrouded in mystery, but widely held opinion holds that it was stolen from China and shipped over the Atlantic to the Caribbean and then across the Mississippi River to the Midwestern United States. Texas Holdem is simply a variation of the original game and was played in Texas before the riverboat craze hit the big cities.
The riverboat gamblers of the 1800’s were the true innovators of poker as we now know it today. When playing the original game, poker was typically dealt by hand and not by counting cards, and gambling was almost unheard of. The big change in the game came when gambling was legalized in the casinos. Gambling to this day is a popular pastime and hobby, and is more Lady Luck than brainwork.
The history of poker and Texas Holdem is intricately intertwined with that of poker rooms, and it is probable that without the poker rooms the game of poker would not have become what it is today. Texas Holdem is, in fact, derived from a variation of the English game called Hold’em, which was played in the American casinos during the period of the American Civil War.
Whether or not the game of Egp88 is ancient or not is a question best answered by its respectable history and the fact that it has adapted to the modern game and improved on what was already successful. Obviously, if gambling and poker and Vegas were part of the same civilization, the game of poker would also have followed suit. The game of poker takes less time to learn than most of the other casino games we are accustomed to playing and much of the learning process is done in the first couple of days. Once the players have learned the basic rules, they usually spend a lot of time trying to acquire the skills needed to make a successful play. The result is acquiring not only the skills, but also the proper attitude to the game so that you are ready to play aggressively when you get to the casino.
The most successful strategy for the game of poker is to be passive and to wait for the perfect hands to come your way. You should not try to make a quick decision when you are dealt a good hand; you should let the hand play itself out. You should also make sure that your betting is minimal at this stage, but that you bet high when you do get a very good hand. There is no point in going all out without a plan of how to win a hand.
You must understand that most of the players at the poker table are not very good with their hands, and you want to make sure that you only play when you have a very good hand, a hand you are very confident will not be shared. For instance, if you are dealt a pair of aces, don’t be in a hurry to play a 7 or an Ace; just call, and the two of you can wait until the end and decide which of the two will be the winner.
Nobody is going to make you win every hand, so vital is it to stick to your plan and build up a rep. Once the table knows that you are using an aggressive strategy, they will be scared, and most likely not to want to mess with you. At this point, you can start to pull out the big guns and semi-bluff the whole table, and even the professionals will have a hard time ruling you out.