10 surprising facts you should know about poker

Every good game has a great story behind it and of course poker is no exception. Although you probably already know a bit about its origins and how to play it, poker always has something new to surprise you. For proof, here are some fun facts that will leave you with your eyes wide open.

How did poker develop?

The longest period of continuous poker play in history was four months. Johnny Moss and Nick “The Greek”, both well-known professional poker players, settled in at Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, to play from January to May 1949. Obviously there were breaks every few hours to take care of their needs, and every four to five days they would leave the table for a good night’s sleep, but would return to continue the game. Do you fancy playing for that long?

In the past, poker was played with only 20 cards and these were dealt between 4 players, so they had to make the best possible hand with 5 cards. It may have been easier, but it sure wasn’t as much fun as it is now.

The first record of a 52-card poker deck dates back to 1834 and since then the game has gripped us.

The probability of getting two AS in a poker hand is 1 in 221, is this more or less than you imagined?

Poker is the board game that has appeared more times in films in some of its forms and almost all of them are very interesting, such as Rounders (1998) and The Grand (2007).

The hand made up of two AS cards and two eights is known as “The Dead Man’s Hand” because Butler Hickock (better known as Wild Bill), was killed while playing poker and fell to the floor without dropping the cards mentioned above.

Phil Hellmuth is the professional poker player who has won the WSOP bracelet the most times: 14 so far.

Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, was a very good poker player, so much so that during his time in the Navy he raised enough money to finance his first campaign for Congress. At least he didn’t do it with the people’s money.

In Nevada, USA, the World Series Of Poker Main Event raises more money in betting than any other sport, but since that’s the City of Lights, perhaps that’s not a surprise to many.

Although in the last century the majority of poker players were men, a recent survey showed that today approximately one third of poker players are women. Girl power!

Now that you know all this, are you ready for a good game of poker?

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