Community poker is a type of poker card game where there are certain shared, or community cards on the table for all to use, while players have their own personal cards with which to make winning hands. While Double-Board Hold 'em, Omaha Hold 'em, and Tahoe Hold 'em are all different version used today, none are more popular than the sheriff of poker, Texas Hold ?em.
Despite there being no clear evidence as to how Texas Hold ?em originated, rumour has it that this most widely played version of the poker card game first saw the light of day in Robstown, Texas in the 1900?s. Later Texan gamblers and card players Crandell Addington, Doyle Brunson, and Amarillo Slim, introduced the game to Vegas. Then bookmakers, Terry Rogers and Liam ?The Gentleman? Flood, followed this with its introduction to Europe. Now, many players and spectators consider this riveting card game to be the purest form of poker.
The basic rules of Texas Hold ?em is that each player receives a secret pair of ?hold? cards and these are combined with up to five common ?community? cards to make the best possible poker hand. Players bet against each other that they have the best-ranked hand overall. The game objective is to win pots, either at the showdown by forming the best five card poker hand out of the seven cards available, or by betting to cause other players to fold and abandon their claim to the pot. However, as easy as the game is to learn, it takes a great deal of time, effort, and skill to master.
In 1999, ?Late Night Poker TV?, in the UK, first brought the game to the public?s eye and became a serious spectator sport in the States in 2003. Its popularity was driven by several factors, least of which the exciting nature of the game. This popularity was strengthened by the introduction of lipstick cameras (a tiny video camera about the size of a tube of lipstick) which allowed the audience to see the cards on the table and those in the player?s hands. Further to this, the unexpected victory in ?World Series of Poker?, in 2003, by the amateur internet player, Chris Moneymaker, who scored a place on the tournament by winning online, showed that anyone could win the world title.
Since then the game has exploded in size and now draws a massive following from all over the world. ?The World Series of Poker? and the ?World Poker Tour?, often both with ultimate prizes in the millions, feature the game in their main events, proving that this is indeed a highly popular game, as thousands of players compete for a place on the tournaments. Charitable events and celebrity poker tournaments happen as an aside to the main events, all of which use the Texas Hold ?em version of poker. From its seemingly humble beginnings, this simple card game with unknown and rather untraceable origins has become a gigantic, multi-million Dollar industry enjoyed by people worldwide.