Saturday, June 25, 2005

The Birth of Texas Hold'em

The NYT's new poker columnist types:

Hold'em was apparently born in Texas about 80 years ago, when a dozen or so cowboys wanted to play a little poker but found that they had only one deck. The most creative cowboy must have got to thinking: If five cards were shared by all players, each could be dealt a two-card hand. Though poker and its 52-card deck had long roots in France, he probably did not drawl, "VoilĂ ."


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