a card game in which the players bet on the value of their hands (of five cards), the bets forming a pool to be taken by the player who remains after all others have dropped out of the betting or who holds the highest hand: there are several varieties
Origin of poker; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps German pochspiel, literally , game of defiance ; from pochen, to defy, origin, originally , to push (; from Middle High German bochen, puchen, akin to Low German poken, poke) + spiel, game
- a person or thing that pokes
- a rod, usually of iron, for stirring a fire
One that pokes, especially a metal rod used to stir a fire.
Any of various card games played by two or more players who bet on the value of their hands.
Origin of pokerProbably from French poque, a card game similar to poker popular in the 18th century, probably from German pochen, to knock, pound, boast, brag (as in (ich) poche, (I) knock, bet (said while rapping the table when opening in the German card game Pochspiel)); akin to German poch, interjection imitative of a knock.
- Any of various card games in which, following each of one or more rounds of dealing or revealing the cards, the players in sequence make tactical bets or drop out, the bets forming a pool to be taken either by the sole remaining player or, after all rounds and bets have been completed, by those remaining players who hold a superior hand according to a standard ranking of hand values for the game. [from earlier 19th c.]
- (poker) All the four cards of the same rank.
- when the chips are down