Professional Poker Chips

Written by James Lyons
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Professional poker chips can be enjoyed by poker players of all levels. In recent years, professional level poker has soared in popularity. Certain cable networks recognized America's fixation with cards and gambling and decided to profit from it by showing poker championships on television. There's even a prime time show on one of the major networks called "Las Vegas."

With poker's newfound popularity, everyone wants to get their hands on some professional poker chips. I have no problem with this as I think more people should be exposed to this multi-faceted game. Despite the negative image many people have of gambling, poker can not only be fun but it requires a lot of probability and mathematical computations on the part of the players.

Old Professionals Earned Their Professional Poker Chips

Back in the good old days, professional poker players weren't glorified on ESPN. There was no such thing as the World Series of Poker where the best card players in the world sat amicably around a poker table trying to win a million dollars. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, poker was a dangerous game played by dangerous men ... and women. Earning the title "Professional Poker Player" meant you were tough as nails.

Before the 1950s, the only feasible way to get good at poker was through years and years of experience. Earning your wings in this game was often dangerous considering many of the country's most hardened criminals supported themselves by manipulating card games. Many of the original professional poker players had frightening reputations; some had committed murder at least once and others had committed other violent crimes. Professional poker chips were reserved for the true intimidators


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