POKER TRIVIA, HISTORY, FACTS AND FAMOUS QUOTES
POKER TRIVIA, HISTORY, FACTS AND FAMOUS QUOTES

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There are several different theories as to the origin of the history of poker, but it is most likely that the game of poker was formed from several different games. Some historians believe that the history of poker derives from Chinese dominoes and was first played in China around 900 A.D. Others believes that poker descends from the French "poque" which closely resembles a 17th century 25 card Persian game called "asnas" and that the game was taught by Persian sailors to the French settlers in New Orleans. The game then made its way from New Orleans by steamboat up the Mississippi river and all the way by wagon and train to the west side of America. The first written words on the history of poker comes from Jonathan H. Green in his chronicles from 1834. He wrote about a very popular game amongst gamblers on the Mississippi riverboats called the "cheating game". The deck contained only 20 cards and was played by a maximum of 4 players. In the early 1900s all gambling including poker was declared illegal in the state of Nevada. This decision was later on changed since the Attorney General of California declared that draw poker was based upon skill and not solely on chance.

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That Phil Ivey once fleeced billionaire Andy Beal out of $16.6 million dollars over the course of a three day Limit Holdem heads up game.This fleecing resulted in Beal leaving Las Vegas, claiming that he would never play poker again. Andy Beal was a math genius and developed a "perfect" method of playing Limit Hold'em that would involve giving off no tells at all. He had every move perfectly timed and played the game according to a strict plan that he had devised for himself.

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On a deck of cards, the king of spades represents David, King of Israel; the king of Clubs represents Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia; the king of Hearts is Charlemagne, King of France; and the king of Diamonds is Caesar Augustus, Emperor of Rome.

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It is commonly believed that the 4 suits in a deck of playing cards -- spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs, derive from French decks of cards. In French decks, the suits represent the four classes: Spades represent nobility, hearts stand for the clergy, diamonds represent merchants, and clubs are peasants.

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In the book "Casino Royale" by Ian Fleming, James Bond played the game of Baccarat. 50 years later in the movie the game was substituted to Texas Holdem due it's increasing popularity in the world.

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John Montague, Earl of Sandwich, was a man of doubtful integrity and a compulsive gambler who lived in the 1700s. He was so reluctant to leave a card game even for a meal that he had a servant bring him a piece of meat between two slices of bread so he could eat with one hand and play cards with the other. The new invention was dubbed a sandwich.

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The suits in playing cards came about due to French influence and represent four classes of men. Spades = Nobility, Diamonds- Merchants, Clubs - Peasants and Hearts- Clergy. The King of Hearts represents Charlemagne, the king of France. The king of spades represents David, King of Israel. The king of clubs represents Alexander the Great. The king of clubs represents Alexander the Great.

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That Chris "Jesus" Ferguson can throw a playing card up to 71 mph and has cut through everything from bananas to melons with a card.

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1 in 5 Americans play poker regularly? That's 40-50 million people all told. In the US each year over 70 million decks of playing cards are sold.

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Groucho Marx got his name because he used to carry all his poker money in a Grouch Bag. What's a Grouch Bag? It's a bag that hangs around your neck to keep your possessions in.

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That Scotty Nguyen does not wear his 1998 WSOP Main Event bracelet, because it reminds him too much of his brother's untimely death.The day after Scotty won, his brother was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident. Scotty says that the bracelet reminds him too much of his brother's untimely death.

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That Barbara Enright was the first woman to have reached the final table of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 no limit hold'em main event. She finished in 5th place taking home $114,180.00 after her pocket eights were outdrawn by 6-3 suited.

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From New Orleans and the Mississippi riverboats, Poker spread to the West, and cowboys thoroughly embraced the game. Among the colorful enthusiasts the game attracted was Wild Bill Hickok, whose last residence was in Deadwood in the Dakota Territory. Hickok came to Deadwood to prospect for gold, and he spent his leisure hours playing Poker at a saloon. Wild Bill had killed 36 people; gunslingers considered him a challenge, and several made threats on his life. On August 2, 1876, Hickok and three other men were playing Draw Poker at Carl Mannís saloon. Author Frank Jennings Wilbach reports that "for the first time known, Wild Bill was sitting with his back to a door...Jack McCall, the assassin,...sauntered around to a point a few yards behind Wild Bill. He then swiftly drew a .45-calibre Colt and fired." Wild Bill Hickok died holding two pairs: aces over eights. This holding has come to be known as the Dead Man's Hand.

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Ex-President Richard Nixon won $6000 during his first two months in the U.S. Navy in World War II, playing poker. His winnings were used to fund his first (and successful) campaign for congress.

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When Columbus landed on U.S. shores in 1492, his men plucked wide leaves from trees, marked them with images, and played cards.

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Stu Ungar (Stew) was a three time winner of the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) in 1980, 1981 and 1997. Seven months after the 1998 WSOP, Ungar was found dead in his room at the Oasis Motel in Las Vegas with $800 on him. The $800 was the remnants of a $25,000 loan he got from Baxter just a week earlier to put him back in action at the poker tables. Despite winning millions during his poker career, Ungar had no assets to his name. A collection was taken up by friend and fellow poker player Bob Stupak at his funeral to pay for it.
Poker is the game closest to the western conception of life, where life and thought are recognized as intimately combined, where free will prevails over philosophies of fate or of chance, where men are considered moral agents and where - at least in the short run - the important thing is not what happens but what people think happens. 

John Lukacs


Cards are war, in disguise of a sport. 

Charles Lamb


In a game of poker, I can put the players' souls in my pocket. 

Beausourire


I believe in poker the way I believe in the American Dream.  Poker is good for you.  It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit, and - when played well, nourishes the wallet. 

Lou Krieger


Poker is a microcosm of all we admire and disdain about capitalism and democracy. It can be rough-hewn or polished, warm or cold, charitable and caring or hard and impersonal. It is fickle and elusive, but ultimately it is fair, and right, and just.

Lou Krieger
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