The debate on the origins of the games that preclude poker is still ongoing; the game of poker derives from the evolution of different games across different civilizations. There is some consensus around the French game “Poque”, which is said to have evolved from the German bluffing game called “Pochen”. “Poque” was eventually brought over to New Orleans and played on the riverboats that plied the Mississippi. From here, the game was refined further and became known as Poker.
Today, Poker is truly an international game, enjoyed in virtually every country where card games are played. There are hundreds of versions of Poker, and the game is played not only in private homes, but also in countless dedicated Poker rooms as well as many casinos. Poker can be played socially for penny stakes, or professionally for thousands of dollars.