Fun Poker Facts
Fun Poker Facts
Fun Poker Facts

Fun Poker Facts

The truth about poker may be stranger than the myths about it, as these trivia nuggets and facts show:

•In the United States alone, more than 70 millions packs of cards are sold each year.

•More than one in five people in the United States play poker regularly.

•Playing cards were invested in China about 1120 AD. They arrived in Europe in the 1300s. The original cards were very ornate and were seen as status symbols. It was not until wood block printing was invented in the 14th century that mass produced cards found their way all over Europe.

•Former United States president Richard Nixon was an avid poker player, winning more than $6000 in two months of poker playing while with the U.S. navy during World War I. He used his money to start campaigning for congress.

•A game similar to poker was played in Germany. It was called Pochspiel. A similar game was played in France. It was called poque. These names may have been the origin of the current English word “poker.”

•In England, poker was originally known as “brag.”

•When Columbus arrived in the new world, his men created the first playing cards in the Americans to play poker with. They did so by picking tree leaves and marking them with pictures to represent suits.

•The French invented the suits for playing cards. Originally, each king in the deck was meant to represent a famous king. The king of hearts was Charlemagne. The king of clubs was Alexander the Great. The King of spades was King David. The king of diamonds was Julius Caesar. Each suit was meant to represent a social class. Diamonds represented merchants. Clubs represented peasants. Hearts represented the clergy, while spades represented the nobility.

•The Americans invented the idea of the two-headed figures on playing cards to prevent players from having to turn their cards right-face up in their hands. They also invented rounded edges and a protective varnish on the cards to help ensure that cards were more durable.

•The joker was added to the pack of playing cards as late as 1870. Originally, the jokers in the pack were ads, not additional cards at all.

•Groucho Marx was an enthusiastic poker player. In fact, he got his name because he carried his money around in what he called his “grouch bag.”

•Famous Wild West Legend of the United States, Wild Bill Hickock was an avid poker player who was shot in the back while playing a game of poker in Deadwood, South Dakota. The hand that he held in his hand at the time contained a two pair, with black aces and black eights. The fifth card is a matter of some debate. Many people claim that the last card was the five of diamonds. The original five of diamonds that Wild Bill held is supposedly on display in Deadwood. Some, however, claim, that the final card was a nine of diamonds. Some claim it was the queen of clubs, and the original card that Wild Bill supposedly held is on display at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum. The final hand Wild Bill held -whatever it is exactly - is still known today as the “dead man’s” hand.

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Date Added: 2005-10-15

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