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Corky McCorquodale

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Felton McCorquodale
ResidenceFort Worth, Texas
Born(1904-08-23)August 23, 1904
Fort Worth, Texas
DiedNovember 23, 1968(1968-11-23) (aged 64)

Felton "Corky" McCorquodale (August 23, 1904 – November 23, 1968)[1] was a professional poker player, noted as the person who introduced Texas hold 'em to Las Vegas in 1963.

Poker had been legal in Las Vegas since 1931, but Texas hold 'em was not played. In 1963, McCorquodale introduced Texas hold'em at the California Club in Las Vegas. The game became popular and quickly spread to the Golden Nugget, Stardust and Dunes.[2]

He was a respected no-limit player in his career. Since McCorquodale's death in 1968, Texas hold ‘em has now become one of the most popular forms of the game in the world.

He was a posthumous charter inductee into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979.[3]


  1. ^ David M. Hayano (1983). Poker Faces: The Life and Work of Professional Card Players. University of California Press. p. 87. ISBN 0-520-05067-3.
  2. ^ Sam Farha; Storms Reback (October 2007). Farha on Omaha: Expert Strategy for Beating Cash Games and Tournaments. Triumph Books. pp. 8–. ISBN 978-1-61749-920-3.
  3. ^ Peters, Tim (July 18, 2007). "The Quest for Immortality: The Poker Hall of Fame". Cardplayer Magazine. Archived from the original on April 12, 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2009.

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