The most ancient is the Chinese version. According to it, the controversial game appeared in the Middle Kingdom as a result of the evolution of the local dominoes around 900 AD. Most poker research people agree that the game originated in China, together with a game based on the bone cards. There is historical evidence that the Chinese Emperor Mu-Tsung (Mu Tsung) played in the bone cards with his wife in 969 AD
In 1700, there were two similar games «Teen Patti» and «Brag». «Teen Patti» - is an Indian game, it used 52-card deck, and were circular rate, similar to poker. Also, during the game they used terms and phrases that are similar to poker expression - such as: blinds, - ("blind bid"), sweat (the "Bank"), etc., rules rates and the sequence of cards in this game are also similar to modern poker.
Some people think that poker is derived from the ancient German game "pohshpil", which included trade, elements of bluff and fold chance: "Ich poche" - I fold. The supporters of Germany's version counterwork supporters of French, Chinese and American hypotheses.
Another version says that the poker game comes from the Persian “as nas”: In the XVII century, the ancestors of modern Iranians gathered in the company of five men, and experienced luck through a deck of 25 cards of 5 suits. After some time in the game instead of 20 cards were used 32 cards. Somewhere between 1834 and 1837 years in the U.S. has taken root so-called "French" deck ", which consisted of 52 cards. This sets a new standard.
Poker and its variants are widely spread throughout the country and became a symbol of the Wild West. In every saloon at this time there was a table where you could play cards. Another impetus to the growing popularity of poker has become the Civil War. In the Soldiers' barracks, he became one of the favorite activities.
Another theory is based on the French poque descendants of the Gauls, who founded New Orleans around 1480, played in the designated game that included bluffing and betting system. It is believed that this was when first used a deck consisting of a peak, diamonds, spades and hearts. Today there are hundreds of games such as video online poker.