In case you mention a brief history of poker to poker players, you're sure to throw open a debate with many different differing opinions. Perhaps the name poker, origins are shrouded in mystery. It's more than likely descended in the French word poque which is emanates from the German word pochen (to knock), but it is not too clear in the event the games bearing those names are the origins of poker. Poker includes a resemblance to the Persian game of as nas and could well have been taught to the French settlers in New Orleans by Persian sailors.
It is widely thought that pokers beginnings come in the Renaissance bet on primero along with the French bet on brelan. Brag, an English game, original generally known as bragg clearly have their roots in brelan and included bluffing, though bluffing was applied in other games during this time period. It is highly likely then that poker early development in the game we currently play was influenced by most of these games.
Initially poker was played with just one round of betting. Five cards were dealt facedown to every one player where there was no drawing of cards. The rules where later tailored by professional gamblers to raise the profitably of the game. Sometime after 1850 it became common practice to possess wild cards and bluffing in games and round the same time drawing cards was introduced.