The Index


Poker is a beloved game of chance that has been around for centuries, with its roots reaching all the way back to the late 1700s in New Orleans. The game was introduced to Louisiana by French and Spanish settlers who brought their own variations of the popular card game with them. In particular, it is said that the “stud” style poker developed in New Orleans.

What sets poker apart from other gambling games is not only its reliance on luck but also its heavy emphasis on strategy. A good player must be able to read their opponents and know when to hold their cards or when to bluff in order to win. This makes it a highly tactical game which often leaves players feeling both thrilled and frustrated by their ability (or lack thereof) to control outcomes.

The popularity of poker has only increased with time as more and more people take up the challenge, from high-stakes gamblers at exclusive tournaments in Las Vegas to casual amateurs playing home games with friends. Today, you can even play online against thousands of strangers from all over the world!

What many don’t realize is that New Orleans actually remains an important hub for the international poker scene — attracting visitors from all corners of the globe for major tournaments held there each year. From the WSOP Circuit Event at Harrah’s Casino New Orleans to smaller local tournaments sponsored by various casinos throughout town, there are plenty of opportunities for any enthusiast looking for a unique gaming experience!

Whether you’re a hardcore gambler or just looking for some lighthearted fun – this classic card game has something unforgettable in store no matter what your skill level may be! So head down South and see why live action poker still reigns supreme in this historic city — because no one takes poker like they do in New Orleans!

Reading next

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The Journal

Here we share things we find interesting about New Orleans and the Gulf South, organizations and people that deserve more attention and answer some questions about the area.

View All Posts

Owned By Locals

Dirty Coast was founded in 2005.
Our Story.

Free & Easy Returns

If the shirt fits, wear it. If not, we got you covered. Happy Returns.

Our Lifetime Discount

The Lagniappe Coin is a perk for life.
Learn More.

Work With Us

We're always looking for local partners, designers, and artists to collaborate with. Reach Out.