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There is some dispute over the origins of poker. Some believe that a game similar to poker was played hundreds of years ago in parts of Europe. However, the game played today definitely takes its origin from the famous Mississippi River in the United States of America, where people gathered to play on the renowned steamboats.

During the American Civil War in the mid 1800s, poker experienced its first explosion in popularity when it became the main pastime for soldiers. During this period, several variations of poker came about, including stud poker and draw poker. By the late 1800s, poker was so popular that many considered it to be ’America’s favorite pastime.’ In the early 1900s, draw poker became the main form of poker played.

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