Day 19/365: Poker Face


January 19, 2011 (Wednesday)

I’m just a Facebook Texas hold’em player then until I got interested playing it for real. No not yet in casinos but just for fun games with friends. Why not joining yet the crowd of real players? I need to master the game of Poker Face 🙂 and yeah it requires a lot of funding too.

So here’s today Trivia about Poker..


The history of Poker is thought to have evolved over more than ten centuries from various games, all involving the basic principals of ranked card or domino combinations and the use of ‘bluffing’ to deceive opponents.

One popular belief is that a game similar to poker was first invented by the Chinese sometime before 969 A.D, when The Emperor Mu-tsung is reported to have played “domino cards” with his wife on new years eve.

Egyptians in the 12th & 13th centuries are known to have used a form of playing cards, and in 16th century Persia “Ganjifa” or “Treasure Cards” were used for a variety of betting games. A Ganjifa deck consisted of 96 elaborate cards, often made of paper thin slices of ivory or precious wood. The Persians played “As Nas” which utilized 25 cards, rounds of betting and hierarchical hand rankings.

A French game named “Poque” and a German game named “Pochen” became very popular in the 17 & 18th centuries, both developed from the 16th century Spanish game called “Primero” which involved three cards being dealt to each player. Bluffing, or betting high stakes whilst holding poor cards to deceive opponents, was an integral part of the game. Primero dates back to 1526 and is often referred to as “poker’s mother” as it is the first confirmed version of a game directly related to modern day poker.

French colonials imported the game to the new world when they arrived in Canada. Their beloved poque was the national card game of France and from the beginning of the 18th century, when a hardy group of French-Canadian settlers founded New Orleans, it spread from the state of Louisiana up the Mississippi river and then throughout the whole country.

Poker River BoatIn 1834, Jonathan H. Green made one of the earliest written references to poker when in his writing he mentions rules to the “cheating game,” being played on Mississippi riverboats. The Cheating Game” quickly began to supplant the popular cardsharp game of 3-card monte on the gambling circuit. Gamers embraced the new game as it was perceived as a more challenging and ‘honest’ gamble than the notoriously rigged 3-card game. Green took more than a passing interest in the new game and took it upon himself to formally name and document the ‘Cheating Game’ in his book ‘An Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling’: Poker was born.

During the Wild West period of United States history, a saloon with a Poker table could be found in just about every town from coast to coast. It was extremely popular during the Civil War when the soldiers of both armies played. European influence of poker ended when the joker was introduced as a wild card in 1875.

In just over two centuries, poker has never looked back. Since its humble beginning on the banks of the Mississippi, the popularity of this widely played game has grown in leaps and bounds to evolve numerous variations and sub-variations.

There have been three games that have, in turn, dominated the modern poker scene:

* 5 Card Draw rose from relative obscurity during the American Civil War to the most popular game for almost a century.
Nevada made it a felony to run a betting game. However the Attorney General of California declared that draw poker was based upon skill and therefore the anti-gambling laws could not stop it. But stud poker was still deemed illegal as it was based solely on chance. With this decision, draw poker games developed and grew. This caused Nevada to reverse itself in 1931 and legalize casino gambling.
* 7 Card Stud then took over the throne shortly before WWII and maintained its position for about 40 years with the help of the new and thriving Las Vegas casino industry.
* Texas Hold’em, christened the ‘cadillac of poker’ rose to prominence in the 1970’s when it was featured as the title game in the World Series of Poker. Today, Texas Hold’em is indisputably the most frequently played and most popular poker game in the world, played in casinos and on home game tables the world over.

Day 19/365

Best Filipino Poker Player so far:

Neil Arce as “The Dirty Ice Cream”

Event Place Prize Date

Macau Poker Cup Championship
No Limit Hold’em KO Bounty 9th $1,071 Nov 3, 2010

APPT Macau/Season 3
No Limit Hold’em APPT Macau High Rollers Event 3rd $84,220 Aug 29, 2009
Asian Poker Tour 2009
Spotlight No Limit Hold’em Championship 1st $185,000 Jan 27, 2009
Asian Poker Tour 2008
No Limit Hold’em 35th $4,000 May 29, 2008

Famous Poker Quotes and Sayings:

* “The guy who invented poker was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius.” (Big Julie)
* “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned” (Paul Newman as Fast Eddie in The Color of Money”)
* “Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.” (Charles Lamb)
* “Poker may be a branch of psychological warfare, an art form or indeed a way of life – but it is also merely a game, in which money is simply the means of keeping score.” (Anthony Holden)
* “Limit poker is a science, but no-limit is an art. In limit, you are shooting at a target. In no-limit, the target comes alive and shoots back at you.” (Jack Strauss)
* The strong point in poker is never to lose your temper, either with those you are playing with or, more particularly, with the cards. There is no sympathy in poker. Always keep cool. If you lose your head you will lose all your chips. (William J. Florence)
* “It never hurts for potential opponents to think you’re more than a little stupid and can hardly count all the money in your hip pocket, much less hold on to it.” (Amarillo Slim)
* “If, after the first twenty minutes, you don’t know who the sucker at the table is, it’s you.”
* “Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains.” (Mike Caro)
* It’s not enough to succeed. Others must fail.” (Gore Vidal)
* “I’ve always had confidence, but I never let my ego get to the point that I think I’m the superstar, because I know.
* That ego has destroyed many a poker career.” (Jim Boyd)
* [Poker] exemplifies the worst aspects of capitalism that have made our country so great. (Wlter Matthau)
* Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead. (Jackie Robinson)
* My Kings are a coin flip against your Aces. (A fish on FTP)
* Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; thou the way you play it is free will.(Jawaharlal Nehru)
* Well, I’ll just pretend I was playin’ with someone else’s money. (Annabelle in the movie Maverick)
* My old pappy always used to say, there is no more deeply satisfying religious experience… than cheatin’ on a cheater. (Maverick in the movie Maverick)
* “Nobody is always a winner, and anybody who says he is, is either a liar or doesn’t play poker.” (Amarillo Slim)
* “Stop cheating!” the dealer told the card player.
“I’m not!” claimed the player.
“You must be,” said the dealer. “That is not the hand that I dealt you.”
* “Let me tell you, there’s no better medicine than a friendly card game for sloughing off the cares of a workaday world.” (Paul Auster, The Music of Chance – 1990)
* “I hope to break even this week. I need the money.” (VETERAN GAMBLER)
* “A Smith & Wesson beats four aces.” (American Proverb)
* “At gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck.” (Ian Fleming Casino Royale – 1953)
* “Neither I nor anyone else can guarantee you will win. If someone tells you they can, do not believe them. Run making sure you have a death grip on your wallet.” (Ken Pearlman)
* “Your best chance to get a Royal Flush in a casino is in the bathroom”
* “The smarter you play, the luckier you’ll be.” (Mark Pilarski)
* “No wife can endure a gambling husband unless he is a steady winner.” (Lord Dewar)
* “He had the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces.” (Mark Twain)

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