Texas Hold’em poker has found its spot in the limelight as a premier form of poker. In the United States, everyone is playing Texas Hold’em from groups of friends at parties to celebrities in tournaments. Texas Hold’em may have started out as just another poker game, but it has been resurrected into the most popular form of poker in the United States.
Texas Hold’em first caught interest in 1999. A television show in the United Kingdom, called the Late Night Poker TV Show brought Texas Hold’em attention as a spectator sport. Although this brought some attention it was a meager beginning to the game. Texas Hold’em would see its popularity really began to gain ground when it was introduced on another TV arena, the World Series of Poker.
The World Series of Poker has been credited with the resurrection and amazing popularity of Texas Hold’em poker. An amateur player named Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker or WSOP. Mr. Moneymaker started in the game through online poker websites. The idea that anyone could play and win big with this game was part of what drew people to it. The WSOP saw the number of people entering the tournament triple between 2003 and 2004. Every year since then the WSOP has seen entrant levels rise and the winning prize values keep going up. The interest in the WSOP and Texas Hold’em poker has not wavered and the prediction is that interests in it will continue to rise.
Hollywood has played its part in introducing and making Texas Hold’em poker popular with the public. The 1998 movie “Rounders” was based on Texas Hold’em poker and the life of professional players. This movie gave Texas Hold’em poker the nickname of the “Cadillac of Poker”. Even James Bond has been brought into the world of Texas Hold’em. In the upcoming James Bond film, Casino Royale, the card game originally played, Baccarat, will now be changed to Texas Hold’em because it is trendier. Hollywood is always following the trends and when moviegoers see Texas Hold’em on the big screen it can only mean good things for this poker game.
Texas Hold’em is the most popular card game in the United States as of 2005. It is the most played form of poker in US casinos and the main event for the World Series of Poker. The rest of the world may not give as much credit to the game, but with celebrities jumping in to play, Texas Hold’em has no limits in where its popularity may reach.
By Fawzia Awwad
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