Corky McCorquodale

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Felton "Corky" McCorquodale (1904–1968)[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 nowhere to be seen until McCorquodale introduced the game to the town.

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.[2]


  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. ^ Peters, Tim (2007-07-18). "The Quest for Immortality: The Poker Hall of Fame". Cardplayer Magazine. Retrieved 2009-06-11.