origin of online poker games is widely disputed. There
are as many possible birthplaces as there are variations
of the games. The most popular belief is that it was
invented by the Chinese around 900 A.D., possibly
derived from the Chinese dominoes. On New Year's Eve,
969, the Emperor Mu-tsung is reported to have played
"domino cards" with his wife.
Others state that online poker games originates from
the Persian games "as nas". This is a 5-player
Persian games, which requires a special deck of 25
cards with 5 suits. However, this is only recorded
back to the 17th century. Another theory calls on
the French "poque". The French who settled
New Orleans around 1480 played Poque, a card games
involving bluffing and betting. This was stated to
be the first use of a deck consisting of spades, diamonds,
clubs, and hearts.
Fragments of cards have been tentatively dated to
12th or 13th century in Egypt. Some propose that modern
cards originated from the Indian card games of Ganjifa.
We can see that narrowing down the exact origin becomes
as difficult as pulling a royal straight flush.