We suggest you move a little from the strict topic of poker rules and strategies and digress into a list of very interesting and curious facts from the world of this serious game.
We will not talk about the strength of combinations or subtle bluffing strategies, we will discuss what lies behind the official part of poker. We understand how many people in the world regularly sit down at the poker table, but not all of them know the details of the history and life of this entertainment.
But poker has been considered a game of big politics for many decades, let’s talk about which of the presidents dreams of a Royal Flush and what is the probability of getting repeated combinations in the same hands. So let’s get started.
Did you know that poker actually boasts at least 150 official types of games. And all of them, depending on various factors – the country or the time of the game, have their own differences, amendments or nuances.
On the territory of the Russian Federation, from mid-March 2007 to July 2009, poker had the status of an official sport. According to some reports, today about 20 million people in Russia are registered in any of the online poker rooms.
The cinematography has shot and released more than twenty-five full-length films about this game, most of which are American. By the way – in the United States of America, a third of all poker matches are played for money, and more than 70 million American citizens play poker.
And a little more about America – poker occupies the third place at television and there are a lot of “shows” with a huge interested audience. The first two positions are occupied by football and auto racing, respectively. At the same time, hockey, tennis and basketball remain behind our card star. Nearly half of all American presidents have loved and played the game well.
Poker has always been considered a game for the elite and a game for everyone. Add to this an interesting story about how in 2007 a blind player named Hap Lubarski took part in one of the WSOP events – the World Series of Poker, he was part of the “Full-Tilt” team.
In many countries around the world, there are strict age restrictions for those wishing to play poker, especially in large tournaments, and on average it is 21 years old, but nowhere is it said about the maximum allowable age. We will surprise you with both numbers – as soon as Joe Kade waited for his twenty-first birthday, he took part and won one of the biggest tournaments, but Mr. Paul McKinney got his first gold bracelet from the World Series of Poker in his 80th birthday.
Let’s add some statistical data – the probability that the same participant will get two absolutely identical combinations of cards in poker in a row is, attention – 1 to 2.6 million… You must admit that the chances are small – you have to be very lucky for this to happen. And yet – the most popular of the types of poker today is Texas Hold’em.
Let’s talk about poker hands, not just possible pocket cards, but those that have gone down in poker history for important reasons. And the main character, of course, is the same “Dead Man’s Hand” – two pairs – of black aces and black eights, which were in the hand of Bill Hickok at the moment when he was shot. It was a game of five-card poker and the information about the kicker – the fifth card, unfortunately has not been preserved.
Let’s add the “Brunson Hand” here, we mean the real poker legend Doyle Brunson, he is included in the Poker Hall of Fame, and so he managed to become the undisputed champion of the World Series of Poker twice with a hand of deuces and tens – so a pocket pair did not bring him victories the highest rank.
Well, since we started talking about combinations and their special names, here’s another – a hand containing a pair of eights is called “snowmen”, but a jack and a seven – in English, designated as “J7” were dubbed in honor of the popular Jack Daniels drink.
And, by the way, about the products – there is a version that the famous sandwiches, so dearly beloved by the British, got on the path to their popularity due to the fact that one of the dukes of Montagu played poker so much that he did not have time to dine and his courtiers served him a snack convenient form. They placed a slice of meat between two slices of bread so that the sire would not get his hands dirty or distract from the game.
Some, even professional players, are quite suspicious, and sometimes superstitious people. They also have their own characteristics – for example, you cannot play a big game with high stakes in a freshly washed shirt or T-shirt, and so on. Maybe they mask signs of excitement while playing.
We have told you some interesting things from the world of poker, but we think that amazing things, people and events will still open and appear in its history.