Texas Holdem, then known as holdem, started in the early 1900s. Although not much is known about the birthplace of the live casino game, the town of Robstown has been linked to the birthplace. It spread across Texas like wildfire and it went beyond the borders of Texas in 1967. Poker players flocked the Golden Nugget to try out the new poker variation. However, professional players found it difficult to play at the location because it did not receive many high rollers.
When it came to The Dunes casino, it grew beyond its confines. Professional players who could not play at the Golden nugget came to play in the poker room. People started liking the game as it proved to be highly rewarding. It started getting attention as professional high rollers started making high returns. Around this time, Tom Moore tried to organize a Gambling Fraternity Convention which aimed at bringing the best poker players in the world together. The convention for gambling which was to be held in Vegas failed.
In 1970, Benny and Jack Binion, father and son, purchased the Gambling Fraternity Convention and renamed it into the World Series of Poker marking a big milestone for the game. Binion held the first WSOP tournament at Horseshoe. The series of games played at the tournament include deuce to seven low-ball draw, five card stud, Texas Holdem, and Seven Card Stud. Johnny Moss was the first World Champion of poker in 1970. No limit Texas Holdem was decided to be the main event.
No limit Texas Holdem was played as the main event in 1971 and although, the turn up was low, the amount of entrants continued to increase steadily. Today, thousands of poker players compete in the World Series of Poker’s main event every year.
The game continued to gain recognition, although not at the rate anticipated by the original players. In 1978, Doyle Brunson released a book entitled “Super System” he had authored containing poker strategies. It changed how people viewed the game impacting how it is played. In 1983, Al Alvarez published “The Biggest Game in Town” documenting the World Series of Poker 1981. Al Alvarez also played a key role in expanding Texas Holdem’s audience.
The game remained within the confines of Vegas until the 1980s when its interest began growing beyond the borders. At first, California banned the game and it took a court case to overturn the ban. In the early 1980s, Terry Rogers alongside Liam Flood introduced European card players to Texas Holdem.
The popularity of the game went off the roof in the early 2000s when the movie Rounders was released. In 2003, the game became even popular when a person went from an online winning spree to win the World Series of Poker’s main event.
The tournaments started being televised in the late 1970s. However, they became more popular on TV in 1999 when advanced hidden lipstick cameras were used for the first time to show private hole cards of players on the Late Night Poker shows. It became insanely popular as a spectator sport in Canada and the United States When the World Poker Tour embraced the lipstick cameras in 2003. In the same year, the ESPN covered the 2003 World Series of Poker giving an opportunity to everyone to watch the surprise win by internet player called Chris Moneymaker who qualified for the event by winning a series of online tournaments. The win by Chris Moneymaker sparked a lot of interest in the series.
Texas Holdem has significantly transformed how poker is played and it has been a backbone on which other games have been based. The Seven Card Stud is one of the games Holdem has an impact on. Although the game is not played in most casinos, it can be played online as well as in home games.