The neighborhood around my home has been getting louder. They are building new residential apartments to bring in more people. The area I live has always been a beautiful, quiet area but lately, new construction has overtaken my area. Now they’re building skyscrapers and tall finance buildings. It’s alright I guess and its pretty amazing to see construction company build from the ground up brand new homes for people to live in. Every morning, I see the Albertelli Construction group working on the build on the new residence. I am worried about traffic, though. During certain times of the day, it would be easier to stay home. But I am just like most people; I have to get up every morning and go to work.
That is why I am looking forward to the weekend. I have a cool local poker game with some friends and rivals. As an avid poker player, I wanted to learn a little bit about the history of this game. Poker is pretty serious in America and has been called the card game of the United States.
Some of the earliest forms of poker can be dated as far back at 1526, its history tracing back to Spain, Italy, and France each country with a different version of the game. In those old days, the focus was on three cards. Over time, the poker we know developed throughout the world until the game reached the English-speaking territories of the Louisiana Territory. The settlers changed the name from “Poque” to “Poker.”
Some of the earliest record in American history is from the memoirs of an English teacher called Joe Cowell. He wrote in his book about how the pokers games he encountered and played was a deck that has five cards to each player. After all the cards had been dealt, the players would bet on who had the best card combination. By the time poker was reference again in 1834, the deck of cards had consisted of 52 cards. However, there were no real written rules. I guess people in those days played by old rules and mixed in whatever variation they wanted. Or it could just be as likely that no one wanted to waste precious paper writing down the rules of a game. I think that because there were so many variations of the game and features. The massive change to the game came along during the Civil War as it was a game played by both warring sides.
A set of instructions were finally made for Poker in 1872, when Colonel Jacob Schenck, the US Minister to Great Britain wrote a little book of instruction to Queen Victoria. She was interested in the game and wanted to learn to play. It was the Colonel that described poker as “Our National Game”. Our poker was unique to other card games at that time.
I love poker as it is evident to see. I can’t wait for this weekend when I am out playing with my friends and get away from all the madness and construction. Read More...