Poker is one of the most popular card games around the world. Having been played since the 16th century, it should come as no surprise that the game has adapted itself to the modern form of card playing and is now one of the most widely played games in casinos, even though it is not one of the most popular casino games in the world.
The other big difference between the American and European versions of the game is the way it is played. In the European version, the players place an equal amount of bet before receiving their cards. The only choice that the players have is to either fold (if they do not wish to play the card), or to raise the bet. In the USA, by contrast, the players do not have an option to raise the bet, but have to either fold or bet.
The European version of the game has enjoyed a long and popular run as the more conservative form of poker, popular among people who are less willing to risk their money. Perhaps the fact that the game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards provides the basis for this, as the European games more closely resembles the poker played in the “card houses” of Las Vegas rather than the wild west in booths and saloons.
Playing poker in America, like most things American, is often more complicated than it is in Europe. American players tend (regarding the game) to be more demanding, and European players (regarding the hand) are sometimes too accepting of the American way of playing. Poker players tend to refer to the game in North America as “Naga303” or “Texas Hold’em”, and the name Texas Hold’em has become synonymous with the game of poker.
Actually, the Texas Hold’em game is the dominant form of poker in the USA, at least as far as popularity is concerned. The other major form of poker, the Seven Card Stud Poker, is sure to come close in number. Although they have coexisted for a long time, the Two-Pairs game of today is more of a disturbance to the traditional poker games of the Old West. The game was invented some time after the Blackjack and was played mainly in the casinos of California and Nevada. It was not an instant hit and it wasn’t very popular until the 70s. Since the 70s, it has enjoyed increasing popularity and has even become part of the casino cannon. The game of Two-Pairs is almost the exact opposite of the game of Hold’em. The game was invented in the late 1800s, and by the early 20th century had become a respectable competitive game.
The most significant popularity of the Two-Pairs game came during the the American Civil War. Since the methods of playing were similar to the standard poker, the Two-Pairs game came to be known as ‘blackjack’ for the card combination of the same name. Since the cards had no value during this game, the betting style was also simple. The game of blackjack insured the gambler’s hand, and the best hand, of course, won. Since the initial modes of the game were not glamorous, casinos found more profit in putting up fast and easy gambling avenues such as the slot machines. Since the past was not very kind to hand-reel slot machines, casinos during the era of the Two-Pairs game were called “vile” for the lack of action generated by the machines.
The Two-Pairs game became a permanent fixture in the casinos after the start of the California Gold Rush in the mid 19th century. The so-called “gold rush” of California Casinos enticed scores of prospectors to the gambling establishments, bringing the game of Two-Pairs to the attention of everyone.
Since then the game took off, gatherering millions of dollars in annual bets. Unfortunately, the Two-Pairs game took on an air of moral superiority and began to spread gossip throughout the gambling establishments. At first the game was just played in seedy grog shops, but eventually the cards became widely available to the public in the!. Unfortunately, the spread of the gamehours along with the gambling houses built up a great deal of revenue, and in less than a decade the buxomuning machines of the future (two deckers) were the ultimate expression of “dates”.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that the buxomiting machines of today are less sleazy than the sleazy ones of yesteryear. There is just a different progression of perversity. Today’s gamers are internet savvy. They’re highly associative online, and they have a lot to drink. When you add the other variables of addictive gaming, like smoking, drinking, and flashing lights;