Paper was invented in China, and it is likely that playing cards also originate from that ancient empire. Dominos card, which are the earliest recorded type of playing cards, represented the scores thrown by a pair of dice, much like today s domino tiles. Modern playing cards have evolved from ancient Chinese money cards, which comprised four suits (coins, strings of coins, myriads of strings, and tens of myriads of strings), each of which depicted various quantities of money. By the 1370s, playing cards had reached Europe in a form that is recognizable today, with a pack consisting of 52 cards with suit of swords, polo sticks, cups, and coins. Each suit contained the numbers one to ten, and three court, or picture, cards. Originally the court cards were nonfigurative, but under European influence they soon become kings, knights, and valets. Queens later replaced the knights, and in England the valet become known as a jack. The earliest cards were painted by hands with figures copied from manuscripts, but as printing developed the designs were continually altered and redrawn. There were national variations in the suit symbols. Italy adopted coins, cups, swords, and batons; while hearts, leaves, bells, and acorns appeared on German cards. The symbols on modern plying cards (hearts, spades, diamonds, clubs) originate from France. With the widespread availability of cards, people began to invent card games. New games were continually being devised, many of which were played for money. In Europe, games like baccara proved popular among members of the aristocracy, who gambled for huge stakes in luxurious surroundings. Although baccara has its origins in medieval Italy, it soon spread to France, where it was called chemin de fer (meaning railway, due to the action of the card box or shoe passing around the table on " tracks"). Later a slightly different version, called punto banco, arrived in England. Chemin de fer soon spread from Europe into Latin America .It was introduced to Las Vegas in the 1950s a result of closing of Cuban casinos. In Las Vegas it become known as shimmy but is now mostly referred to as baccarat. Today, most casinos around the world offer the version of the game. Poker is derived from the Persian game of as nas ans probably based on the dice game tali, which was played by the Romans. Tali is based on the ranking of throws where, for example, three of kind beats a pair. A variation called poker dice, is still played as a pub game in continental Europe. Persian sailor taught French settlers in New Orleans how to play as nas, and they developed a version which combined elements of the French game poque and German game pochen, and become known as a poker. This version was soon being played everywhere in the U.S, from Mississippi riverboats to the saloons of the Old West. Many variations of the game started to appear. In 1911 U.S legislation prohibited stud poker, but ruled that draw poker was a game of skill and therefore was not illegal. This resulted in new draw games being invented. Nowadays casinos offer a wide choice of poker games including five- card stud, seven card stud, Texas hold'em , and Omaha .