Want to be popular? One sure way to be famous nowadays is to be on television, and that's just how poker has become even more popular.
We all know that poker is already a famous game as it is. Poker is played by millions of people in America, Europe, and in the other places in the world. But the popularity of poker has experienced a big leap with poker being on television.
Poker has been watched on television sets longer than we may believe. As early as the 1970's people have already began enjoying watching poker tournaments on their tv screen. World Series of Poker is among the tournaments first seen on television, and this poker tournament was shown in America that time. But poker on television during that period is so much unlike what we see today. Today, we get to know what the players' hands at the poker table are, while during the 1970's there was no way of telling for sure what the players' cards were. Viewers have to guess for themselves, or at least be content with the assumptions made by the commentators regarding the true nature of the players' hands.
Producers soon saw that the show was missing the dramatic element that it would bring to the viewers if they saw what a player was holding while his opponents are still clueless. That is why they came up with the hole cam later on. It was only in the 1997 that the hole cam was developed, and used in 2002 at the United States of America.
Hole cams are strategically placed under the poker table to get a glimpse of the players' hands. Because of hole cams, we can now enjoy the beauty of knowing the cards before the player acts, and we can decide what the player should do next. We have an advantage because we know all the players' hands, so we know what they should do. The drama enters when the player does not take the action we think he should have. It is fun watching them commit mistakes and also get out of those mistakes.
Presently, American networks have poker shows such as World Series of Poker, Poker Royale, Celebrity Poker Showdown and World Poker Tour. The European poker enthusiasts, on the other hand, are now enjoying World Speed Poker Challenge, Poker Million, and British Poker Open on their television sets. Countries outside those two like the Philippines have broadcast of some of the tournaments, made possible by cable.