The origins of Poker and Jacks or Better are quite controversial. There isnt any specific ancestor of the game to draw a date from. However, Poker is a very old game indeed. The earliest reference seems to be from JH Green who, in 1834, referred to the cheating game being played on the riverboats in Mississippi of the time. Jacks or Better Poker seemed to be a more legitimate game than Three Card Monte, which was quite popular at the time. Jacks or Better took over with popularity because it was labeled a fair game.
The origin of the name Poker likely comes from the French poque and old French game; while other people claim that the word Poker must have come from Germanys pochspiel. There are still few who also believe the word is derived from the Hindu pukka.
Jacks or Better is one of the more popular original types of Poker that were played, although no information is really available as to its exact origins. Jacks or Better is one of the common rules amongst most types of Poker games that are played with some exceptions in the new variations of Poker that are played at casinos.
Jacks or Better Poker is available as a game for video Poker. The concept...