|01/06/2009||The Rise of Texas
The actual creation of Texas Hold’em is a faint memory with a lot of gaps. In other words, a boring story to tell. However, the rise to fame, like the rise of a superhero, is a story always worth telling.
The Texas State Legislature officially acknowledges Robstown, Texas as the birthplace of Hold’em, as it was called back in the early twentieth century. There was no need to put the word Texas before Hold’em because that was the only place anyone ever played the game. Not until a few Texan card players went to the city of Las Vegas in 1967, did anybody ever see the game. The word Texas did not take much time for it to become synonymous with Hold’em.
The game did get to a slow start, only playing at the Golden Nugget Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. The location and facilities were not the kind of place high rollers wanted to be seen or play, so in 1969 the professionals found another place more liking to their standards. The now non-existent Dunes Casino entrance on the famous Las Vegas Strip became the place to play Texas Hold’em. That same year the first ever poker tournament was held and Texas Hold’em was playable. The next year in 1970 the World Series of Poker moved into the Horseshoe Casino and Hold’em followed. The following year Texas Hold’em became a no-limit poker game and that is what it has been since.
In the 1980s California became interested in the game. At first
Texas Hold’em was illegal under a statute because of its similarities to a now forgotten game called stud-horse. In 1988 Texas Hold’em was declared legally distinct from stud-horse as Hold’em is more of a strategy game than luck. In a blink of an eye poker rooms were playing the game across the state of California. As the saying goes once California latches on to something, it is only a matter of time before the rest of the world does too.
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