Origin of poker1
- a card game played by two or more persons, in which the players bet on the value of their hands, the winner taking the pool.
Origin of poker2
Examples from the Web for poker
Contemporary Examples of poker
He was an excellent pool sharp and quick at poker and bridge.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
The next day, her father was apparently back at the poker tournament.
He seemed to find his own escape in poker and had had just been in a big poker tournament on June 28.
His various tweets were only about poker, including one saying, “Okay team, last chance for glory.”
And The Poker House was based on your real-life story of being sexually assaulted as a teen.Lori Petty on ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ the Halcyon ‘90s, and Discovering Jennifer Lawrence
June 8, 2014
Historical Examples of poker
"There was one rule in poker your pa had," said Uncle Peter.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Hatteras withdrew the poker, and instantly plunged it in the wall.The Field of Ice
But in the middle of it all, lend me the poker, which will answer for the master-kay, sure!Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
The seductive game of poker is one that I do not understand.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
In the event of his losing the game of poker I was to be even more concerned than he.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- a metal rod, usually with a handle, for stirring a fire
- a person or thing that pokes
- a card game of bluff and skill in which bets are made on the hands dealt, the highest-ranking hand (containing the most valuable combinations of sequences and sets of cards) winning the pool
Word Origin for poker
"the iron bar with which men stir the fire" [Johnson], 1530s, agent noun from poke (v.).
card game, 1834, American English, of unknown origin, perhaps from the first element of German Pochspiel, name of a card game similar to poker, from pochen "to brag as a bluff," literally "to knock, rap" (see poke (v.)). A popular alternative theory traces the word to French poque, also said to have been a card game resembling poker. "[B]ut without documentation these explanations are mere speculation" [Barnhart]. The earlier version of the game in English was called brag. Slang poker face (n.) "deadpan" is from 1874.
A good player is cautious or bold by turns, according to his estimate of the capacities of his adversaries, and to the impression he wants to make on them. 7. It follows that the possession of a good poker face is an advantage. No one who has any pretensions to good play will betray the value of his hand by gesture, change of countenance, or any other symptom. ["Cavendish," "Round Games at Cards," dated 1875]
To any one not very well up in these games, some parts of the book are at first sight rather puzzling. "It follows," we read in one passage, "that the possession of a good poker face" (the italics are the author's) "is an advantage." If this had been said by a Liverpool rough of his wife, the meaning would have been clear to every one. Cavendish, however, does not seem to be writing especially for Lancashire. [review of above, "Saturday Review," Dec. 26, 1874]
In addition to the idiom beginning with poker
- poker face
- stiff as a board (poker)