• Playing Poker
    Playing Poker
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n poker any of various card games in which players bet that they hold the highest-ranking hand
    • n poker fire iron consisting of a metal rod with a handle; used to stir a fire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a five card poker game there are 2,598,960 possible hands
    • n Poker A game at cards derived from brag, and first played about 1835 in the Southwestern United States.A poker hand is played with a poker deck, composed of fifty-two cards, of thirteeen values, each card value being represented once in each of four "suits", namely spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs. The game is played in many variations, but almost invariably the stage of decision as to who wins occurs when each player has five cards (or chooses five cards from some larger number available to him). The winner usually is the player with the highest-valued hand, but, in some variations, the winner may be the player with the lowest-valued hand. The value of a hand is ranked by hand types, representing the relationships of the cards to each other. [The hand types are ranked by the probability of receiving such a hand when dealt five cards.] Within each hand type the value is also ranked by the values of the cards. The hand types are labeled, in decreasing value: five of a kind; royal flush; straight flush; four of a kind; full house (coll. full boat, or boat); flush; straight; three of a kind; two pairs; one pair; and, when the contending players have no hands of any of the above types, the player with the highest-valued card wins -- if there is a tie, the next-highest-valued card of the tied players determines the winner, and so on. If two players have the same type of hand, the value of the cards within each type determines the winner; thus, if two players both have three of a kind (and no other player has a higher type of hand), the player whose three matched cards have the highest card value is the winner.
    • Poker A poking-stick.
    • n Poker Any imagined frightful object, especially one supposed to haunt the darkness; a bugbear.
    • Poker One who pokes.
    • Poker That which pokes or is used in poking, especially a metal bar or rod used in stirring a fire of coals.
    • Poker (Zoöl) The poachard.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In playing poker, there is one chance in 500 of drawing a flush.
    • n poker One who or that which pokes.
    • n poker An iron or steel bar or rod used in poking or stirring a fire.
    • n poker A small stick or iron used for setting the plaits of ruffs; a poking-stick.
    • n poker An iron instrument used for driving hoops on masts. It has a flat foot at one end and a round knob at the other.
    • n poker Any frightful object; a bugbear.
    • n poker A game of cards played by two or more persons with a full pack of fifty-two cards, which rank as in whist. After each player has deposited an ante or preliminary bet in the pool, hands of five cards are dealt. Any player not satisfied can demand in place of from one to five cards in his hand as many new ones from the undealt part of the pack; the eldest hand must then deposit an additional bet in the pool or withdraw from the game, the second hand having then the privilege of betting higher, or calling (that is, merely equaling the bet and demanding a snow of hands), or retiring, and so on all around. If all the players but one retire, that one takes the pool; if a player calls the bet, those who follow him may bet the same amount, and the highest hand wins the pool. The hands rank as follows. beginning with the lowest: the highest card in any hand; one pair; two pairs; three of the same denomination; a “straight” —a sequence of five cards not of the same suit (sometimes omitted); a flush—five cards of the same suit not in sequence; a full—three cards of the same denomination and a pair; four cards of the same denomination; and a straight flush—a sequence of five cards of the same suit. There are varieties of the game known as whisky-poker, straight poker, etc.
    • n poker One of various kinds of wild ducks, especially the pochard.
    • n poker In cotton manufacturing, a vertical rod or rack which sustains and gives motion to the bobbin or ring-rail of a roving or ring-spinning machine; also, a rod with similar functions in other machines: sometimes called a lifting-poker.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The odds against a royal flush in poker are exactly 649,739 to 1.
    • ns Poker an iron rod for poking or stirring the fire
    • n Poker pō′kėr a bugbear
    • n Poker pō′kėr a round game at cards, first played in America about 1835.
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  • Joe Laurie Jr.
    Joe Laurie Jr.
    “If you play bridge badly you make your partner suffer, but if you play poker badly you make everybody happy.”
  • Proverb
    “Rule: Never perform card tricks for the people you play poker with.”


Poker face - Someone with a poker face doesn't show any emotion or reaction so that people don't know what they are feeling.
Stiff as a poker - Something or someone that is stiff as a poker is inflexible. ('Stiff as a board' is also used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Dan. pokker, the deuce, devil, also W. pwci, a hobgoblin, bugbear, and E. puck,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. uncertain.


In literature:

Chisholm in the 323 was going along at twenty knots when a poker-playing chum came along in his big 1,000-ton destroyer.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
One or two folks finally did allow me to set in a poker game with them when I ast.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
People driven mad by vingt-et-un or poker-dice?
"That Sweet Little Old Lady" by Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
With a sudden comprehension of the crisis Bridget broke for the poker, but Boyd had gone too far now to recoil.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
I have a sister who can play a stiff game of poker and ride as well as you.
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
To make it more stupid the Poker said that the first one was number five and the second was the other seven.
"Andiron Tales" by John Kendrick Bangs
I was satisfied that the blow was to come with the word, and I slung the poker over my shoulder, in the attitude of defence.
"Down The River" by Oliver Optic
Poker & Hodge will buy your shares for the sum named.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
We could have pokers for lances.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
They gather in woman-scented flats to discuss sex, or in hard-voiced groups to play poker.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis

In poetry:

The Poker proposed to the shovel
That they should be man and wife,
"I think," said he, "that we could agree
As we journey along through life."
"Shovel And Tongs" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
But the Poker soon after was wedded
To the hearth broom, slender and slick;
And 'twas whispered about Mrs. Tongs was put out
Because he found comfort so quick.
"Shovel And Tongs" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Wake for the sun, that scatters into flight,
The poker players who have stayed all night;
Drives husbands home with reeling steps, and then--
Gives to the sleepy "cops" an awful fright.
"The Rubaiyat Of A Kentuckian" by Edwin Carty Ranck
John MacDonald found a corpse, put it under the sofa,
Waited till it came to life and hit it with a poker,
Sold its eyes for souvenirs, sold its blood for whiskey,
Kept its bones for dumbbells to use when he was fifty.
"Bagpipe Music" by Louis MacNeice
But lay the tangs across his legs, or sic unhandy tool,
Or let him grup the poker, or the kettle by the bool,
Then hoo he gurrs an' kicks until he raises sic a drouth,
That for ae hoor he fechts to get the fender in his mouth.
"Oor Johnnie" by Alexander Anderson
it seems, and is, clear to me we are brothers.
I wish the rabbit & the 'coons could be friends,
I'm sorry about the poker
but I'm too busy now for nipping or quills
I've given up literature & taken down pills,
and that rabbit doesn't trust me
"Dream Song 107: Three 'coons come at his garbage. He be cross" by John Berryman

In news:

County poker game raided, eight arrested.
A high-stakes poker game between two local Congressmen is unfolding this week in regards to a potential run for the vacated US Senate seat of the late Edward "Ted" Kennedy.
During the antebellum days, it was not uncommon for a man to lose his home or entire plantation in a poker game on a riverboat docked under-the-hill.
Police Raid Charles Village Poker Game .
AAMA Sets Charity Poker Game For Chicago.
Seneca County Park District and Tiffin University Equestrian Team are to have the second annual Equestrian Poker Run/Walk today at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve.
This year, there also is to be a Walker's Poker Run.
Gambling & Games Sean Getzwiller, Propping Up Tucson Poker Yet Again {UPDATED.
Poker Champion Denied $11.7 Million Payout.
Poker ride, raffles fundraiser Saturday.
In a poker ride, participants drive around the checkpoints and collect playing cards.
Seven of the world's best poker players have pulled their chips together to fight the World Poker Tour.
A professional poker player reportedly saw something against all odds — or 114 billion to 1, at least — at a Vegas casino this week.
If you're tuning in late, I'm handing out my 2001-02 NBA season awards in the form of quotes from the classic poker movie, " Rounders ".
Sailor's Cap Dies Days After Winning Poker.

In science:

Examples are: the frequency and block-frequency tests (computing f (z (j )), i.e. m = 1), Poker test looking for words with m = 5 corresponding to the Poker hands (e.g.
Properties making a chaotic system a good Pseudo Random Number Generator
Simplified Poker is a discretized version of the poker models of Borel and Von Neuman , and is a two-player game that illustrates the advantage of ”mixing” one’s strategic choices to achieve a maximal return via an ”optimal bluffing frequency”.
Quantized Poker
This says a great deal about three handed poker.
Quantized Poker
Player 3 is seen to have a definite advantage in this particular poker model due to the virtue of his position, that is, the fact that he gets to act last.
Quantized Poker
The same holds for the Nash-Shapley Poker model.
Quantized Poker