Trivia on the Wide World of Poker

Just about everyone knows about poker - but what about poker trivia, history and facts? Anyone can tell you which is higher between two pair and three of a kind, but do they know how poker began? Would they know what those face cards really represent? This short list of poker trivia is for those who want to know everything about poker, or for those who want to make conversation if they're not very good at it.

Clubs are peasants, diamonds are salesmen or vendors, hearts for priests or clergy and spades represent nobility and royalty. These are derived from the French deck of cards, which represent the various cultural and monetary echelons of the time.

The kings themselves are not necessarily French in symbolism. The king of Hearts is the infamous Charlemagne, the king and ruler of france. The kind of diamonds is reputed to represent Caesar Augustus, emperor of the one massive and sprawling Roman empire. Clubs' King is Alexander of Macedonia, more commonly known as Alexander the Great. The last suit, the king of spades, symbolizes David, the King of Israel.

The sandwich has also been linked to poker. The longtime favorite snack of hardcore players, the game itself was reputedly created for the purposes of poker. John Montague, the Earl of Sandwich, was a compulsive gambler. His addiction for games of chance and card games made him hesitant to leave a game, even for food. He had a servant bring him a piece of meat between two pieces of bread, giving birth to the favorite base template of snacks, the sandwich.

Even American presidency has had poker in its history. Ex-President Richard Nixon, famous for his supposed involvement in the Watergate Scandal, is rumored to have had his campaign financed by poker. He reportedly won $6,000 during his first two months in the U.S. navy, giving him the money he needed to come into power.

Even actors have had involvement in poker's history, beyond the celebrity charity poker tours. Groucho Marx claimed his name from poker. He kept his poker money in a little bag around his neck. What do you call a bag like that? A groucho bag.

For the most part, historians cannot quite agree to how poker began. The most reasonable explanation would be that it grew from a strange combination of games, from Chinese dominoes to a seventeenth century twenty-five card Persian game called Asnas.

This set of trivia is only a small portion of the wide wealth of knowledge and history that surrounds poker. There's much more than meets the eye in a game of bluffs, and more fun to be found.