The game of poker has been a popular social pastime for hundreds of years. Traditionally played by men, it became more popular in the 1970s after tournaments began to be held -and since then has been played by all groups of people, ranging from adult males playing for cash to families on holiday.

Over the last few years many different ways to play poker have developed, one of which is playing interactively. Digital television channels often hold interactive poker games, and it is now easier than ever to play on the internet. Playing poker like this means that anyone can do it, and because they do not have to stick to a regular timeslot these services have become very popular. A hobby such as this provides a distraction from today’s hectic lifestyles, and with the current global financial troubles it is easy to see why people enjoy it -the thrill and possibility of winning money is now more appealing than ever.

For those that are reluctant to gamble in the current financial climate, a new way to play has recently developed. Casino nights are becoming increasingly popular, where games such as poker are played not for money, but simply for fun, usually with chips. James Bond themed casino nights have a certain aspect of glamour associated with them, as there is often a dress requirement of suits for men and cocktail dresses for women. For the large amounts of people who cannot afford to gamble at the moment, a chance to dress up and play just for fun can be a pleasurably distracting experience.

Poker is a game that is popular with all ages and all classes of people, and it is easy to see why. The element of risk involved is undoubtedly exciting, and the thrill of winning money or simply winning the game itself is something that everyone can relate to. This is proven by the amount of people who visit the giant casinos in America, throw casino nights, and play regularly, whether interactively or socially, with friends.

By Laura Brown
The Author of the piece has been playing online poker for a number of years and often appears in the top 300 of the WSOP (World Series of Poker)– she practices her talents at;