Texas Hold ‘Em – A History

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Texas Hold ‘Em has become one of the most popular poker variations in the world, but how did it come to be?

The Texas State Legislature identifies Robstown, TX as the official birthplace of the ever-popular poker variation. Although the  actual date is unknown, the game has been played since the early 1900s.

Texas Hold ‘Em began to gain popularity when it was played in Dallas in 1925. The game gained even more traction when it was first brought to Las Vegas in 1967 by a group of high-profile poker players, including Amarillo Slim, Doyle Brunson and Crandell Addington. (Texas natives, of course.)

Despite some early success, the game was firmly cemented into the poker world when Chris Moneymaker won his seat at the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event on a game of Texas Hold ‘Em. He went on to win the championship title that year. Texas Hold ‘Em is now the official game in the World Series of Poker Tournament.

Sources: Image, Yahoo! Sports, PokerPages.com

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