The card game Poker originated in Europe, as evidenced by some literary sources dating back to 1526.
A regular poker deck consists of fifty-two cards, from which you can make 2, 598, 960 different poker combinations. This number was obtained using a standard formula from combinatorics.
Royal Flush, the rarest combination in poker, the probability of its falling out is 0, 0002%.
Today, there are one hundred and fifty varieties of the game.
The most successful and, accordingly, the richest poker player today is Phil Ive, whose fortune is approximately $ 25 million.
The maximum win in poker history is $ 9, 152, 416. The owner of this amount was Peter Eastgate, a Danish player in 2008.
The poker deck of cards is credited with mystical meanings. The number of cards in the deck (52) corresponds to the number of weeks in a year. Four suits (hearts, diamonds, spades, clubs) - four seasons. Thirteen cards of one suit from two to ace correspond to the number of lunar cycles in a year. And the total sum of all card values is 364 (365 with a joker), the number of days in a year.
It is said that the combination of AK (ace and king) is named after the famous tennis player Anna Kournikova, who looks very beautiful, but usually never wins, like these two cards that very often fall into the hands of players.
The combination of two aces and two eights (AA88) is called a "dead man's hand" for poker players. It got its name after the famous hero of the Wild West, Bill Hickok, was shot at the poker table in Deadwood's saloon while holding cards with this combination. The fifth map, unfortunately, is still not known.
Most often, in poker, the reason for winning is not a good game, but a rare ability to make the opponent make mistakes.
Previously, the ace was not the highest card in the deck, it was considered the lowest, and the king was the highest.
Approximately 70 million decks are bought in the US every year.
The world record for the longest game of poker belongs to the Irishman Phil Laack, who made 90 hours of continuous play, Phil is included in the Guinness Book of Records.
Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, used a poker game to raise the necessary amount for his election campaign.
In the US state of New Mexico, there is still a law that says that if two candidates have an equal number of votes, then any game will determine the winner. A real case of this happened in 1998 in the city of Estancia, both candidates for mayor D. Farrington and D. Carlson received the same number of votes. Carlson offered to play dice, Farrington chose poker. The flipped coin decided that the candidates would play poker, which Farrington won and became mayor.