Poker is an ancient game and came into being after the 15th century. There are many versions of its development.
What really are Poker and 13 card poker? It is a set of card games which share hand rankings and betting rules. One form of poker is 13 Card poker in which 13 cards are used. Cards are identified by using a letter or number symbol; for instance the Ace as bullet, King as monarch or cowboy, etc.
The game has gained popularity in China, Malaysia, Poland, Latvia, Italy, Germany, Russia, England, Philippines and Australia. High stakes tournaments have been generated due to the popularity of this game like World Poker and the World Series of Poker. Major Cable networks and satellite providers broad cast these tournaments. This has attracted 13 Card Poker fans. Furthermore poker game for the celebrities has become a commercial platform.
There are many variations for the poker game and 13 Card Poker variations include the following-
Community Card poker/ flop poker
Pai gow poker
This game has also taken in video game format.
There are still uncertainties related to the invention of poker and as to which nationality invented it first. It’s known that the cards were invented by the Arab, Egyptians, a Chinese emperor 1120 years ago or the Indian. It is believed by most historians that history of poker can be traced back to a longer time than that. Hence there are different stories associated with these cards.
To begin with poker cards were painted by manual work and due to the fact that they were expensive many people could not afford them. However when printing started, the prices dropped and many people could now afford to buy them.
The cards were initially used to predict the future. Later on different kinds of card and card games came into being. Usually two versions on character are there and number meanings on cards. In different countries images are different.
One version: In this version-
The Diamond stands for businessmen
The Spade for soldiers
The Heart for clergymen
The Club for farmers
Many people were strongly against the monarchy in French revolution and needed replacement of the King and Queen images on cards by other characters. However people had already become familiar to the original card design and no changes were desired by them and hence this suggestion vanished in the river of history.
Second version: As per this version poker cards are made in accordance to the calendar principles. In one deck of cards there are two jokers, one stands for the sun and the other for the moon. With the exception of these two cards, the rest 52 cards represent 52 weeks in a year. In this version-
The Heart stands for spring
The Diamond for summer
The Club for autumn
The Spade for winter
13 cards are included in each symbolizing 13 weeks in every season. As for numbers go-
“J” stands for eleven
“Q” for twelve
“K” for thirteen
Points of 54 cards are added up to 365. This means 365 days in a year.