1800s: Poker Origins

Once the French brought their game of “poque” to New Orleans, the game spread from the state of Louisiana to Mississippi via the Mississippi River. Gamblers took a keen interest in this new card game, being tired of the commonplace 3-card monte because of its notorious reputation for being rigged. Many gamblers viewed this new game as being a more honest game than 3-card monte. Some gamblers even took to wearing suits to intimidate other players, by giving off the impression that they were professionals — whether they actually were or not. In 1834, Jonathan H. Green referred to “poque” as the “cheating game” in his book entitled “An Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling”. In his book, Mr. Green discussed the game, and formally named it poker. Poker was now officially birthed in America, and was quickly gaining ground among gamblers.

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