History Of Poker

A Brief History Of Poker Card Game

Poker is the world’s most popular card game – and its’ one with a rich history that began well before the early 19th century, when poker as we know it today came into being. For more than ten centuries, people from various cultures enjoyed playing games of chance with simple dice, dominos, and cards similar to the playing cards in use worldwide today. Ready to learn more about the history of poker? There’s more to it than meets the eye.

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Historians agree that the Chinese game of domino cards contributed mightily to poker’s development. This game was invented sometime prior to 969 CE, when Emperor Mu-Tsung and his wife celebrated New Year’s Eve with a festive, rousing game of chance that blended elements of poker and mahjong.

Various betting games continued to increase in popularity as time passed. 12th and 13th century Egyptians enjoying games played with cards, and 16th century Persians inventing Ganjifa, also known as Treasure Cards, for use in a variety of games. Ganjifa decks were much larger than standard poker decks; they contained 96 elaborately decorated cards made of wafer-thin slices of wood or ivory. Like poker, the historic Persian game of As Nas was extremely popular. About the same time, a Spanish game called “Primero” became popular; it involved three cards being dealt to each of the players who would bluff or increase bets while holding poor cards. As in poker, bluffing played an integral part in this historic card game. Germans soon began playing a game called “Pochen,” and the French started to play a game called “Poque;” these sprang from Primero, which is often referred to as the mother of modern poker. When French colonials came to Canada, they brought their beloved game with them; it was the national card game of France, and it soon became popular throughout the new world, eventually traveling from New Orleans, up the Mississippi River and throughout what would eventually become the United States, where modern poker was developed.

The Birth of Modern Poker

It was a great day in history when poker as we know and appreciate it came into existence. Often referred to as “The Cheating Game” by writers such as Jonathan H. Green, who mentioned its popularity on the riverboats that plied the Mississippi, poker rapidly replaced 3-Card Monte, which was then among the most popular cardsharp games. Despite its moniker, poker was perceived as more honest than its rival, as 3-Card Monte was frequently rigged. Players liked poker for its challenges, too; it proved an excellent way to pass time, particularly when other forms of entertainment were scarce.  Soldiers, cowboys, and gentlemen of every stripe enjoyed poker throughout the 19th century; both Union and Confederate troops enjoyed the game during the Civil War, and it was so popular across the West that just about every town boasted saloons with poker tables. From its birth a short two centuries ago to today, when we enjoy playing poker with friends, the game has never looked back. Unlike other games that have faded into the annals of history, poker continues to gain popularity with in-person and online players worldwide.

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There are many different types of poker, each with its own unique rules and variations. In addition to the standard 52-card deck, there are also other decks of cards, including ones with fewer or more cards. Some variants allow players to bet against others or even themselves. Players usually start with an amount of money in front of them called “the blind,” and then place bets until all the money is gone. If someone wins, he gets his original stake back plus any additional winnings. If nobody wins, everyone loses what they put in.

Poker games come in many different varieties. Some games may require strategy and skill while others may be luck based. There are also many types of poker games.

How to Choose a Poker Table

  1. Size
    You want a table that is big enough for you and your friends to enjoy playing poker together comfortably. You don’t need anything too small since you won’t be able to play games at the same time. A table that’s too big may not fit well with your decor. If you’re planning on having a lot of guests over, then make sure that you have enough room for them to sit around the table.

  2. Shape
    The shape of the poker table should match the style of your home. If you live in a modern house, choose a round table. Round poker tables look sleek and classy and they are great for entertaining. If you live in an old Victorian-style home, choose a rectangular table. Rectangular tables are classic and timeless.

  3. Wood
    Wooden tables are durable and long lasting, making them perfect for any type of home. However, if you plan on using the table often, then you’ll want to get a wooden table that’s stain resistant. Stain resistant wood doesn’t soak up stains easily, making it easier to clean.

  4. Color
    If you prefer something simple, white is always a good choice. White looks elegant and sophisticated. You can use white paint to give the table a fresh and crisp appearance. If you want a darker color, then go for black, brown, or red. Dark colors are bold and stand out.

  5. Finish
    A finish refers to the surface treatment applied to the top of the table. There are many different finishes to choose from including oil, wax, polyurethane, lacquer, and epoxy. Oil finishes are the easiest to apply and remove, while epoxy finishes are the hardest to remove. Wax finishes are somewhere in between. To keep the finish looking its best, you’ll want to apply a clear coat of varnish once a year.

  6. Legs
    Most people think that legs are only necessary for a dining table, but they actually serve a purpose for card tables as well. You’ll want to choose a pair of sturdy, heavy duty legs that will hold up to years of abuse.


  7. Material
    There are two types of materials that you can use to build a poker table. One option is solid wood. Solid wood is strong and durable, but it can be expensive. Another option is laminate. Laminate is much cheaper than solid wood, but it isn’t as strong. You’ll want to consider both options before buying a poker table.
Giulia Poker Game Table

The Giulia Game Table is a fully functioning poker table that easily converts to a beautiful sleek dining table seating four to eight people, depending on the space requested. It comes complete with matching chairs designed to go with your dining room decor.

The Giulia Pool Table is the anchor of the collection which gave rise to the Giulia game table and game chairs, the Giulia shuffleboard table and our newest addition to our wall bar collection, the Giulia server bar.

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Contact Paragon Interiors for more information about poker tables available
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Paragon Interiors offers custom-built poker tables and game rooms for public establishments across Toronto. We provide our customers with high quality furniture at competitive prices. Our goal at Paragon Interiors is to give you the best poker table experience possible.

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