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Boats, betting and Bond: The incredible history of poker

History of poker

There are few card games nor gambling activities which have evolved with quite such pace and character as poker. Its game terminology has worked its way into everyday language, its popularity transcends social class, and its game play has been adapted for the digital age.

The fact that poker has experienced such enduring popularity is not so surprising.  Its competitive quality induces a thrill just like any other gambling activity, yet unlike roulette or slot machines – the odds of winning can be increased through an understanding of mathematical strategy. Beyond that there is of course a unique element of psychology; the elusive ability to read and conceal one’s emotions.

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Flip-flopping fashion: The strange and turbulent history of the fedora

Humphrey Bogart as Rocks Valentine

The fedora, one of the most popular and recognizable styles of men’s hats, has been around since the 19th century and can be associated with a surprising number of societal implications that have evolved over time.

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History’s coolest fads: No 3 — The cloche hat

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The cloche hat is one of the most iconic and beloved fashions of the Roaring Twenties. Although invented in 1908 by French fashion designer and milliner Caroline Reboux, the popularity of the cloche (which is French for bell) didn’t catch on until some years later–but when it did, it really did.
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