The card version of Online Poker game began to raise its head in, where else but the New Orleans of the early 19th century. The floating river boats and saloons on the Mississippi River was where traditional 5 card poker in all its variations were evolved and legends were born that remain intact to till this day.
Anyone who ever saw the famous film ” The Cincinnati Kid ” starring Edward G. Robinson and Steve McQueen will never the forget the drama of the last turn of the card, when Lancey Howard made a Full House to defeat the Cincinnati Kid, and send him reeling into financial oblivion.
Constantly evolving, the game sparked off another version Holdem poker, whose basic origins are clouded. The story goes that Poker Holdem was played in the saloons of Robstown, Texas in the earliest days of the Twentieth Century. Its fame and popularity spread through the Lone Star State, and was honed and refined there up till the mid-nineteen fifties. During that time, a well known Texan character, Benny Binion, decided for the good of his health to move to Las Vegas. Binion was not short of a bankroll and decided to buy into one of the casinos there.
Binion had made a lot of money playing Holdem poker and as soon as his casino opened its doors, he introduced the game to the local population. Holdem poker soon became a massive hit, and Binion was soon on the blower to his Texas poker buddies among them the famous Amarillo Slim Preston and the even more legendary Doyle Brunson who when Binion gave them the word on possible rich pickings to be made in the desert city, decided to follow Binion to the bright lights of Vegas.
It turns out that Binion, even before he arrived in Las Vegas, was an expert at arranging face to face tournaments between high stakes Holdem Poker players, which continued with a vengeance in Las Vegas. Due to tremendous pressure from the fast growing band of Poker Holdem players, Binion decided to organise a buy- in Online poker tournament. The tournament, which was run for the first time in 1970, became the fore runner of the “World Series of Poker”. Binion’s formula of prize money being divided by the players who reached the final table, with the house taking a percentage of the entrance fee is still being used today. The first tournament of the “World series of Poker” had only 50 entrants and the first prize then was less than the entry fee that it is today.
And what of the people who started it all? Benny Binion passed away in 1989, but his legacy lives on through the “World Series of Poker” Doyle Brunson, one of the last survivors of the “Texas Crew” is now in his late seventies, still plays Poker just about every day and competes in tournaments, sometimes against players a third of his age.