Poker Facts You Didn’t Know

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Poker Facts You Didn’t Know

Poker is one of the most popular games in the world, with a history that spans more than two centuries and an ever-growing player base that reaches into the millions. From the comfort of your own home to a local casino, poker is now more accessible than ever before.

In celebration of our passion for poker, we’ve put together a handy cheat sheet of interesting facts about the game. Come on, why don’t you try them out next time?

Poker was played with only 20 cards!

The full 52-card deck is used in the popular poker game we know and love today. However, poker was played in a very different way in the past. One of the fascinating facts about playing Poker online in the past, is that just four players and 20 cards were used to play poker.

Poker has been a game of skill and specialization since its inception. It was decided that the best hand would be based on the number of cards that each participant received. People began playing poker using 52 decks of cards in 1834, according to historical records.

A game of poker once lasted 8½ years

Yep. You heard that right. The Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, Arizona, hosted an 8-and-a-half-year poker game in 1881. As the longest-running poker game in history, it was played nonstop for 8 years, 5 months, and 3 days. An estimated $10 million worth of chips were exchanged during the game, with buy-ins costing $1000 each.

The odds of making a Natural Royal Flush is 649,740 to 1 

A royal flush is a five-card hand consisting of 10-J-Q-K-A, all of which are of the same suit. There are a lot of people who don’t realize that the odds of striking this hand on the flop (with your holding) are astronomical: 649,740 to 1. To put this into perspective, you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning, winning an Oscar, or being drafted by the NBA.

In online poker, cards are produced by RNGs (Random Number Generators).

Each major online poker club employs one of a few companies’ RNGs. These platforms use RNG software to generate hole cards and river cards. Even if you “knew” a card was coming, you were only praying it would or wouldn’t. Poker Magnet and other big poker sites use technology to make every card as random as possible. This means that instead of producing cards at really random intervals, RNGs rather shuffle through billions of numbers.

Largest game ever played

A record-breaking online poker tournament was hosted on October 5, 2015, in the Isle of Man, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. More than 250,000 people participated in the $1 buy-in tournament, which had a prize fund of $25,000. The $10,000 first prize went to “DaDumon,” who won the competition. PokerStars arranged the event, which is still the largest ever to take place.

Other weird and wonderful facts

  • In Medieval times, the suits of cards used to be swords, cups, sticks and coins
  • A fifth suit was added in 1967 but was quickly scrapped
  • In one legend, the card suits represent the four classes: spades represent the nobility, diamonds represent the merchants, clubs represent the peasants, and hearts represent the clergy
  • There are more than 300 million 7-card poker hand combinations
  • Poker evolved from Dominos
  • In 2012, One for One Drop became the first poker tournament to have a $1 million entry fee

Final Thoughts

Since the middle of the 18th century, the game of poker has evolved significantly. Online poker is currently the most playable multiplayer game in the world, and it can be found anywhere from casinos to social networking sites. As online poker becomes more popular, it’s important for the general public to be educated on the basics of the game. 


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