Many of you, ladies and gentlemen gamblers, might ask yourself: Who can we blame for the creation of Texas Hold’em, the sovereign ruler of poker games? Well, the history of poker, in general, is somewhat vague, and the same applies to this game.
Nevertheless, history holds some clues that can help us reconstruct the story about this globally popular card game.
The Birthplace of Texas Hold’em
Though the inventor of Texas Hold’em is unknown, Robstown in Texas is officially recognized as the place where, at the beginning of the 1900s, this game first appeared. It started spreading all across Texas, and it didn’t find its way to Las Vegas until the late 1960s.
To be precise, Texas Hold’em came in Vegas in 1967 with a group of card players. One of those players was Crandell Addington, who learned the game in 1959. He said that, in Texas, this version of poker was called only Hold’em. Addington said that this game needed to be played with strategy, due to the four betting rounds the game incorporated.
Golden Nugget was, for several years, the single casino in Las Vegas in which this game was played. Due to the location and sawdust as part of its decoration, this casino wasn’t a reputable one. That is why not many rich clients came by, and professional players were even fewer. It was a humble beginning, yet it was just a beginning.
Hold’em Conquering the United States
Until 1969, gambling professionals didn’t realize that this game was profitable. After they gathered in Dunes Casino, it didn’t take long for Tom Moore to include Hold’em in the first official poker tournament, which was part of his Second Annual Gambling Fraternity Convention.
In the following year, Jack and Benny Binion took over the convention, renamed it, and set it up in their casino. In 1971, Tom Thackrey proposed that no-limit Texas Hold’em should be the central event of the convention. The owners of Binion’s Horseshoe casino agreed, and their gamblers convention started revolving around this version of the game. Throughout the next two decades, the interest in this game began to grow. By 1991, no-limit Hold’em was played massively.
In the 1980s, this game started growing in popularity outside of Nevada. Though there were legal card rooms with draw poker, Hold’em was illegal. This was due to the fact that until 1988, it was considered a variant of Stud Horse Poker.
The second Texas Hold’em was separated from stud games, casinos all around California started including it in their offer. In the 1980s, this popular poker game was also introduced to European Card players.
Texas Hold’em in the 2000s
When the 21st century began, Hold’em started appearing in movies, and its popularity skyrocketed. As a consequence, it took the throne from Seven-Card Stud and became a prevalent game in casinos across the U.S.
During the World Poker Tour and also the World Series of Poker, a no-limit variant of poker was televised. It inspired many books considering strategies and tips for good gameplay.
Thanks to the invention of online poker, this game became accessible to even more players. The invention of the “hole card cam,” which permits viewers to take a glance at hole cards of the game participants, also enlarged the number of Hold’em fans. And it reached its peak in 2003 when Chris Moneymaker won the online World Series of Poker championship.
So Who Invented It?
Well, the first answer would be — the good people of Robstown. However, after all of the data presented, it wouldn’t be fair to exclude all of the people that have helped Hold’em develop throughout the entire century. All of the names mentioned had their part in making Texas Hold’em the game it is today.