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Poker Facts: Interesting And Little Known Poker Facts

Poker facts don’t really do a lot to help you improve your poker game, but they can be an interesting way to kill some time. We hope you enjoy our listing of poker and poker-related facts.

Although some state that his nickname was bestowed on him because he was often grouchy, Comedian Groucho Marx was most likely nicknamed for carrying his poker money in a bag had around his neck called a “grouch bag”.
Although we were spared the French revolutionists name change for face cards, the French still have influenced modern playing cards, specifically the meaning of suits. Spades represent royalty, hearts represent clergy, diamonds represent merchants, and clubs represent peasants.
Contrary to modern day poker, in early century poker the kings were always the highest card in their suit and the ace was the lowest.
Edmond Hoyle (1672 – August 29, 1769), best known for his writings on various card game rules, died in 1769 at the age of 97… 150 years before the invention of the game of poker.

Have you ever felt that you’ve held every possible hand of poker? Next time you feel that way remember this fact. There is a total of 2,598,960 (almost 2.6 MILLION) possible poker hands with a standard deck of 52 cards.
If it were up to the radical French government of 1793, the cards we know as Kings, Queens, and Jacks would have radically different names. It almost came to be that our favorite face cards were replaced with new names as French revolutionists would not play with kings and queens. Fortunately Napoleon put an end to such nonsense in 1805 and restored our favorite face cards. Imagine playing poker with some buddies and throwing down a hand that consists of a pair of Liberties, a pair of Equalities, and a Fraternity!? Thank you Napoleon!

In 1937 a 5th suit was added to a standard deck of cards with a different variation based on region. In the US the suit was green and called Eagles and in England the suit was blue and called the Royals. The concept of a 5th suit never caught on and production stopped after only a few years.
In 1979, Edmond Hoyle became a charter inductee into the Poker Hall of fame despite never having played a game of modern day poker. His death in 1769 came well before the first modern day form of poker came into existence.
Majority opinion credits the invention of playing cards to originate from ancient China or 12th-century Egypt.

Popular belief holds that a standard deck of playing cards represent significant religious and metaphysical meaning. The 53 cards in the deck represents the 52 weeks of the year, the 4 suits represent the seasons of fall, winter, spring and summer, the 13 cards per suit represent the 13 phases of the lunar cycle, and if you add up all of the cards in the playing deck you get 364 days of the year… then you add a joker for a total of 365 days. Coincidence or a significant astronomical relationship?
The “Dead Man’s Hand”, which consists of black bullets (ace of clubs, ace of spades) and black eights (eight of clubs, eight of spades), was named after hand that Wild Bill Hickok was holding at the time of his death (the 5th card was unknown). He was shot in the back of the head on August 2, 1876 at the Saloon No. 10 in Deadwood, South Dakota.

The modern day World Series of Poker originated from a two-person poker match between Nicholas Andreas “Nick the Greek” Dandolos and Johnny Moss between January 1951 and May 1951. Set-up as a tourist attraction, the two played nearly every variation of poker in existence. Both were inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979.
Wild Bill Hickok was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979, despite being tagged as a lousy poker player by historians.

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