Poker

An annual "Texas Hold 'Em" poker league is run in the club consisting of 10 tournaments spread throughout the year with a cash prize for the league winner, 2nd place & 3rd place players.  Tournaments are played on Friday nights starting at 7pm and restricted to 32 available places.  On every tournament night there is a cash prize for the top four players on the night. Full details can be found in the members poker section of the website or on the notice board in the bar where you will also find an entry sheet for the next tournament.

History of Poker

The history of poker is the subject of some debate. One of the earliest known games to incorporate betting, hand rankings, and bluffing was the 15th century German game Pochspiel. Poker closely resembles the Persian game of Âs Nas, though there is no specific description of Nas prior to 1890.In the 1937 edition of Foster's Complete Hoyle, R. F. Foster wrote: "the game of poker, as first played in the United States, five cards to each player from a twenty-card pack, is undoubtedly the Persian game of as nas."By the 1990s some gaming historians including David Parlett started to challenge the notion that poker is a direct derivative of As Nas.There is evidence that a game called poque, a French game similar to poker, was played around the region where poker is said to have originated. The name of the game likely descended from the Irish Poca (Pron. Pokah) ('Pocket') or even the French poque, which descended from the German pochen ('to brag as a bluff' lit. 'to knock').Yet it is not clear whether the origins of poker itself lie with the games bearing those names. It is commonly regarded as sharing ancestry with the Renaissance game of primero and the French brelan. The English game brag (earlier bragg) clearly descended from brelan and incorporated bluffing (though the concept was known in other games by that time).It is quite possible that all of these earlier games influenced the development of poker as it exists now.