Texas Hold'em is more than just a card game: it's one of the most popular games on the whole web and often serves as a metaphor for life! Millions of people play it with both real and play money, placing careful bets or risking it all.
It feels like Texas Hold'em is one of those games that were mentioned in history textbooks. Seriously, despite the word "Texas" it would feel natural to read something like "ancient Romans were taught to play Hold'em (which they called Holdium) at the age of 7 and practiced it in preparation for military service." Indeed, Texas Hold'em is great for developing different mental abilities, including critical and strategic thinking. It also helps you learn to read your enemy's mind, thus making it perfect for the Romans' training routine.But surprisingly, the current world-famous variation of this poker is fairly young. It dates back only to the beginning of the 20th century.
Texas Hold'em originated in Robstown, Texas and pretty much didn't leave those borders until 1925, when it became known in Dallas. But it was only 42 years later that the game reached Nevada. To be more precise, in 1967 it finally got to the gambling capital, Las Vegas. For that, we should thank a group of gentlemen from Texas who saw the potential of the game and introduced it to a wider audience. Some of them you have probably even heard of, as they were inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame: Crandell Addington, Doyle Brunson, and Amarillo Slim.
But even that wasn't the real breakthrough of the game that's now offered in every casino.For quite a while, Texas Hold'em poker had been offered only in the Golden Nugget Casino in Vegas. But in 1970, Benny Binion, a man with questionable reputation and the founder of the Horseshoe Casino facilitated its popularity. Benny had extensive experience in high-stakes match arrangements. So basically Mr. Binion started the first WSOP tournament by inviting 6 high-rollers to take part. The event was a huge success with the public, and it turned out that the poker tournament was as spectacular as sports matches. And that's when everybody caught wind of the game-changing Texas Hold'em.
Naturally, being fascinated by the idea of winning lots of money in a game of poker, more and more people started practicing Texas Hold'em. Of course most people never entered the WSOP, but the game became one of the most popular forms of recreation. Today the WSOP sees thousands of entrants and the majority of events are variations of Texas Hold'em.
Another great burst in the number of Hold'em poker fans happened when the game went online. Needless to say that the ease of access and possibility to play anonymously has worked wonders for many, so today you either play online poker yourself or know someone who does…or maybe both. At some stage, online poker has become actively criticized alongside other table games that went online for preventing people from face-to-face playing and communication. As a response to this, sites began to introduce various socializing features to add life-like feel to the game and to help the players really communicate: even from the comfort of their own homes. As a result, millions of people not only got the chance to chat with their opponents, but even broadened their circle of friends. So Texas poker sites have proved to be a great option for the busy and/or shy individuals who find it difficult to meet new people in their offline life.
You can surely say that you find surfing or scrapbooking far more exciting, but playing Texas Hold'em off- and online is a great way to spend your free time because:
1. It's very stimulating for your brain. Although it's true that poker players also rely on luck, it's a known fact that a good player can win with a pretty hopeless hand. Of course it takes attention to details, good memory, critical thinking and the opponent's strategy analysis. I.E. it’s a game much more of skill than luck.
2. It helps to develop patience and self-control. Poker teaches you to read other people's body language and conceal your own emotions. You also become a better judge of character.
3. It gives you a stimulating portion of adrenaline that helps you to be more efficient in daily chores and work.
4. There's no limit to what you can achieve in poker: The more you play the more you develop, but there's always some room for improvement,making the game even more challenging and exciting.
5. Texas Hold'em unites people: Although the game involves certain competition, it's a great excuse to get together with friends.
6. Playing Texas Hold'em online saves you a lot of time and leaves less space for lame excuses and canceling the planned poker night. It's much easier to make it online than to get to someone's place or bar or anywhere else. So you can enjoy a night with your friends no matter what.