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The American history of poker is described in many books that reference to steamboats on the Mississippi, saloons in the wild, wild west and the French quarter of Louisiana. It is believed that the French brought the game of poker to America some time in around 1480.

Called by the French name, poque, this game was played by people of all walks of a life. The game was given the American name, poker, in 1834. At that time, poker was only played with twenty cards, each player being dealt five each. As art always depicts life, in many instances in movies when the bets are all in, the cards are on the table and a fight automatically ensues.

This was because of the small deck of cards, players would automatically know when the other person was cheating because there were only a limited amount of possibilities for each hand. As the game of poker gained popularity, the word traveled across the Midwest and eventually there were saloons or card parlors in every town throughout the country.

Over the years, games like five-card draw, stud and straight poker became very popular during the Civil War. In 1910, the state of Nevada passed a bill stating that running betting games was illegal. But because draw poker is solely based on chance, people were still allowed to play this game. And this is why draw poker is still one of the most popular and most played of all pokers.