Texas Hold 'Em
Quick – can you name the most popular casino game in the United States? You guessed it - Texas Hold 'Em - the very same card game we chose for our All-In To Fight Cancer fundraiser.
Everybody loves poker -
and not just because it’s the “go to” card game on ESPN.Hold 'Em is the kind of poker game anyone can play, attracting players worldwide with just the right combination of chance and skill.* Some 800 million around the world play poker every year, but Texas Hold 'Em wears the crown of most popular card game in the world, with more than 74 millions fans around the world – and counting.
Rob Eubank – whose life is the driving force behind All-In – was part of a regular poker game, playing weekly in a board member's garage, so it was only fitting that we chose poker – rather than 5K walks or bake sales – as our fundraiser.
The Texas State Legislature recognizes Robstown, Texas, as the game’s birthplace, dating the game back to the early 1900s before it arrived in Dallas in 1925. Hold 'Em arrived in Las Vegas some 50 years later, and it didn’t take long before the first “World Series of Poker Tournament” was launched.
Nowadays, Texas Hold 'Em is played everywhere from Robstown to Vegas to homes throughout the United States, thanks to wildly popular online poker sites. The online sites welcome new players and even provide an avenue into large tournaments, including the prestigious World Series of Poker.
Probability is a huge factor in Texas Hold 'Em. Players use odds to determine their actions. The chances of finishing a flush or a straight, the probability of getting an overcard, and the percentage of times you're going to flop a set to match your pocket pair are all important factors.
Poker is, after all, a gamble. Having cancer, however, shouldn’t be. And with your support of All-In To Fight Cancer, it doesn’t have to be.
With your help, All-In To Fight Cancer is fighting the odds. And finding a cure.
*It didn’t hurt that ESPN televised the game to replace many of the games lost during the 2004-05 NHL lockout.