"I like to play blackjack. I'm not addicted to gambling, I'm
addicted to sitting in a semi-circle."—Mitch Hedberg

Game Room & Gaming (05)

Antique Jukeboxes, Pinball Machines and More
From gameroomantiques.com comes this web page detailing the history of jukeboxes. It discusses the earliest coin operated machines in the early 1900's, but notes that the jukebox as we know it was not perfected until the 1930's, when a selection mechanism was introduced, allowing people to choose the songs they wanted to hear. It discusses the early jukeboxes with an eye toward collectors, as indeed this entire site is geared towards collectors of antique games and arcade machines. There are links to all the antique collectables available on the site, including jukeboxes, slot machines, pinball machines, gum machines, arcade items and games, soda machines, vending, penny drops, stamp machines, and more.

The History of Poker
This website from gamingurus.com explains the history of poker as part of a portal called A Complete Guide to Poker. They trace the game back to a version played with Chinese dominoes as early as 900 A.D. Other theories have the game dating back to a Persian or French game. The history of poker in the United States dates from steamboats taking the game up the Mississippi from New Orleans. This is a good read for those interested in gaming, table and parlor games, poker, and other card games. There are also portals for different variations of poker, such as dealer's choice, draw, drop, progressive, stud, and blackjack. Other pages include poker slang, rankings of hands, and become a poker guru.

Hall of Poker
Hallofpoker.com is a site where one can play online poker, but there are also pages that describe the history of poker, a listing of monthly poker events, both online and otherwise, software to help people get better at poker and play at home, a listing of tournaments, and a tell-a-friend feature that lets you inform your friends of the opportunities available to play online poker. There is also a poker glossary, poker etiquette, a list of famous poker players, online poker game rules, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi Low, seven card stud, and online poker FAQ's.

All About the Jukebox
This simple site details the history of the jukebox, noting the term "jook" was used to describe "jook joints" where poor Southern farm workers would go to drink and dance. The site features pictures of antique jukeboxes, and notes the importance of the jukebox for the recording careers of early rock and roll, blues, and rhythm and blues acts. Brand names such as AMI, Rock-Ola, Seeburg, and Wurlitzer, are celebrated on the site.

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