Here are some fun facts that’ll add spice to your poker knowledge. Flaunt them at your next poker party or tournament.
- Million dollar, baby!
In 2012, Guy Laliberte, the CEO of Cirque Du Soleil, suggested a $1 million buy-in tournament. The tournament took place in Rio Casino in Las Vegas, and Antonio Esfandiari, The Magician, won out of the 48 participants, taking home about $18.3 million.
- An 8-year long poker game
It is said that the longest game of poker lasted for about eight years, five months and three days in The Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone, Arizona, in the nineteenth century.
- Dead man’s hand
James Butler Hickok, also known as Wild Bill, held five cards in his hand — two black aces, two black eights, and an unknown card — when he was shot in the head by Jack McCall on August 2 1876. Since, then, a hand with that combination is called by that name.
- Poker music
Psychologists believe that certain kind of music can act as a positive stimulant for playing poker. We are guessing that has something to do with alertness of the parts of the brain required to play poker. Who wouldn’t like that album, eh?
- Why we play with Poker chip
In the nineteenth century, poker was played with gold nuggets, coins, etc. But there was no standard unit to play poker. Therefore, saloons and poker rooms created clay, bone, wood or ivory chips with distinguished signs. Later, these chips were commercially produced with clay to make them less copiable.
We love a good poker game and great facts about the game. Such stories from the past keep us hooked and wanting for more. If you like them, too, stay tuned, and we’ll keep bringing you more.
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