Origins and Evolution of Poker

Where did Poker come from? I’m curious about the origins of the name, the game, the evolution and when the currently popular games were “standardized” – No Limit Hold’em, Omaha, 7 and 5 card stud and draw games.

There are differences of opinion.

Interesting stuff, Otto. Maybe the Master (not Minh the Master, the other Master) could come in and sort things out.

I’m going to add a secondary question, spurred by the link talking about how prevalent card games once were – when did this become widely illegal, or when did saloon and riverboat gambling get wiped out?