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So how did poker grow to be one of the world’s most popular card games?
The first iteration of poker stretches back to China circa 989 AD, when the emperor Mu-tsung created a tradition of playing domino cards on New Year’s Eve. In the twelfth century, a betting card game became a popular pastime in Egypt. Soon after, Persians introduced As Nas, a card game that determined winners based on value ranking.
These primitive games paved the path for an explosive gaming trend in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. Salons, pubs, and living rooms across in France, England, Germany, and Spain began to feature card games similar to modern poker. Each iteration was inspired by Primero, a betting card game where, in the absence of a good hand, players would rely on bluffing to win.
When European colonists settled in the United States in the early 19th century, they brought their favorite card game with them. Modern poker became one of the most popular pastimes on the Mississippi River. From riverboats to saloons army encampments, the card game was taking America by storm. Thanks to its challenging technique and fast-paced nature, it was the game of choice for tradesmen, farmers, and soldiers alike.
Many card games have slipped out of popularity throughout the centuries, but poker continues to be the number one choice for players across the country.
Spirit Mountain is a proud hub for poker enthusiasts. Join us for weekly tournaments, get the scoop on how to play, and take a look at our FAQ for answers to those most-asked questions. Whether you’re new to the world of poker or have been mastering the tables for years, you’ve found a gaming home at Spirit Mountain Casino.