This form of US poker was invented in the early 1900s in Robstown, Texas. The game then spread throughout Texas and was introduced in Las Vegas, USA in 1967. Texas hold'em was not widely accepted in Las Vegas, USA at first as it was only offered in limited US casinos. In 1970, it began to increase in popularity with its introduction into tournaments. However, in 1972, hold'em attracted only eight competitors. This number grew to 100 in 1982 and to 200 in 1991. In the 1980s, this form of US poker also began to grow outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, particularly in California.
In the early 2000s, there was an explosion in the popularity of Texas hold'em. This was mostly due to increased exposure to this form of US poker on television and in literature, as well as the increasing popularity of US online casinos and the increasing numbers of Americans participating in US gambling. This form of US poker has now become the most popular US poker game in US poker rooms and casinos, as well as casinos worldwide.
US online casinos offer games of Texas hold'em which are very attractive for US gamblers as these sites allow players to practice their strategy before competing for money. They are also seen as a stepping stone into the large tournaments, such as the World Series of Poker. In fact, in 2003 and 2004 the winner of the World Series of Poker qualified for the tournament by playing these smaller satellite tournaments. It is important to note that not all online casinos will accept US players. This is due to a new gambling bill that was passed in 2006 – the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA). It is therefore important to find casinos that accept US players and look into their methods of betting and receiving funds before beginning to play. As there are a limited number of online casinos accepting US players, these USA poker rooms tend to be larger than other online poker rooms. So, even if you are not American, it may be worth your while to play in these US players accepted casinos.
There are other variations of US poker which are similar to Texas hold'em. These are Royal hold'em, Pineapple and Omaha hold'em. While Pineapple and Omaha hold'em vary slightly in the number of cards each player receives, they are very similar after that. The newer and now more popular variations of US poker are simpler to learn, yet still require a level of strategy that makes the game interesting and exciting.