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21st Century Poker

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Dec 12, 2012

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I first took up no-limit hold’em poker in 1978, when I left my home in Michigan and went to Nevada for a month of gambling at poker every day. The game of no-limit hold’em changed a lot from that time to the end of the 20th century. Doyle Brunson came out with his Super-System book, and tournament poker caught on big time in the early eighties when the entries swelled from satellite tournaments. When California legalized hold’em for in 1987, the popularity of the game was given a huge boost. Many Las Vegas pros took up residence in the Golden State, and the game received an especially enthusiastic reception in the Asian community. Yet all this was but a prelude to the immense explosion of no-limit hold’em throughout the world, the result of Internet poker and televised tournaments where you could see the player’s hole cards. When an amateur player, ...


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