But how many poker curiosities are there that are not so well known? Let’s find out some of them together!
Originally only 20 cards were used and no chips.
As we know today (and probably since 1834), poker is played with 52 cards, but this has not always been the case. In fact, at the beginning of the game, a deck of 20 cards was used: 5 cards per player, and the bets were placed on the best hand. It certainly had the advantage of having to manage far fewer cards. It also appears that there were no chips to indicate the value of the bets: players used whatever valuable items they had with them while playing (nuggets, coins, gold teeth, etc.). The use of chips, or chips, dates back to the early 1900s when the first gambling houses and casinos started producing them, starting their use.
The match is the longest session in history.
It is true that when you play, you do not realize the time that passes, but… a poker game that lasts 8 years 5 months, and 3 days ???
There is no evidence of what tradition says, yet it seems that in 1881, at the Bird Cage Casino in Tombstone, Arizona, a game was started that lasted all this time. During this time, it is said that a total of $ 10 million was wagered and that the outage was caused a flood that caused the building to be evacuated.
In front of these numbers, the 115 hours that Phi Laak spent on his non-stop poker session seem almost nil. But we have proof of this! There were 117,000 witnesses at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas.
The most valuable poker set ever
It is the Geoffry Parker Poker Set. Let’s say it’s not the poker set we would use for a small game with friends. It is, in fact, a case studded with white gold and diamonds and wrapped in alligator skin. The 384 chips are made of 18-karat gold and set with a total of 22,364 precious stones: rubies for the red chips, sapphires for the blue ones, emeralds for the green ones, white diamonds for the white ones, and black diamonds for the black ones. Its value is inestimable.
Did you know the saying: Dirty stuff, victory guaranteed?
It seems an old superstition goes like this. Can playing in not-so-fresh clothes help you win? It’s not a mathematical rule, but there is already too much analysis in poker. It is worth a try, even if we may annoy those present!
Same cards twice in life?
Have you ever wondered if the same combination of cards can happen multiple times in a lifetime? It’s not impossible, but it’s highly unlikely unless you play poker at least ten times a day and live more than 100 years. The probability of receiving the same combination of cards is one in 2.5 million, so we would almost say that there is no need to worry!