Poker, sometimes referred to as blackjack, is the most popular form of gambling in the United States. And with good reason; it has a lot of elements that make it fun and exciting.
Although poker is played with a number of different cards, the most popular form of poker is called ‘Texas Hold’em’, named after its creator, Mickey Peterson. This form of poker is the one most associated with ‘hillbilly poker’, a similar game played by many people in many places across the country. Poker also has a unique way of dealing with ties, called a ‘flush’.
Mickey Peterson was an Arkansas lawyer, who once held a position as an assistant to a congressman. He once saw his chance for a big success when he discovered a new card game called Blackjack, which was being played in a very public gambling hall.
Peterson was intrigued by the idea of a card game that didn’t involve a lot of paper. He soon wrote an article on his findings and published it in a popular magazine.
The name ‘poker’ derives from a combination of ‘Palm’Pot’, referring to a poker table. To play poker, players bet or offer chips to buy the hand of the other players in the game. If you win the hand, you then get your money back, minus any fees charged by the site.
With the popularity of poker increasing all over the country, many sites sprang up that offered to ‘deal’ for their customers. However, not all sites were created equal.
In order to make sure that a poker site was offering a fair game, Peterson formed a committee. Their goal was to look into any unfair practices or shady dealings. They also wanted to make sure that poker’s ‘flop’ – a transaction between two players – was fair.
They started writing articles and getting together information about unethical sites. They created their first rules for the site that they felt were fair to both poker players and the poker site.
They also made sure that all poker sites took part in a progressive ranking system that tracked their playing statistics. By creating this system, they could determine which sites offered the best service to their customers. After all, the more websites there were that competing for the same players, the better.
Most poker sites do have their own web sites. Some sites offer added services or give their customers the opportunity to play for free if they want to.
After creating these rules, Mickey Peterson decided to form the Association of Poker Professionals (APP). The APP is a non-profit organization that supports the ethical practices of the poker industry. The APP also organizes conferences and protects the rights of poker players.
Today, there are now thousands of sites around the world, which still take part in ‘Blackjack’ tournaments, but which include some regulations that protect the integrity of the games. Poker is a great sport and one that continue to grow, especially in America. Peterson’s rules for ‘Blackjack’ are still in effect today.