Many historians believe that poker’s roots can be traced back to the 16th century Persian card game As Nas. Others say the game only dates back to the 17th century, bearing a greater resemblance to a French card known as Poque. A key part of Poque involved betting and bluffing, much like our beloved poker. French colonists brought Poque with them when they settled in the Louisiana area, which would later become part of America after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The name would be Anglicized by English-speaking settlers, pronouncing it “poker” as we do now. By 1834, the game had gained the familiar 52-card deck, with five cards dealt to each player, as it is currently.