What does poker mean?

Definitions for poker
ˈpoʊ kərpok·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. poker, stove poker, fire hook, salamandernoun

    fire iron consisting of a metal rod with a handle; used to stir a fire

  2. poker, poker gamenoun

    any of various card games in which players bet that they hold the highest-ranking hand

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pokernoun

    The iron bar with which men stir the fire.

    Etymology: from poke.

    With poker fiery red
    Crack the stones, and melt the lead. Jonathan Swift.

    If the poker be out of the way, stir the fire with the tongs. Jonathan Swift, Rules to Servants.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pokernoun

    one who pokes

  2. Pokernoun

    that which pokes or is used in poking, especially a metal bar or rod used in stirring a fire of coals

  3. Pokernoun

    a poking-stick

  4. Pokernoun

    the poachard

  5. Pokernoun

    a game at cards derived from brag, and first played about 1835 in the Southwestern United States

  6. Pokernoun

    any imagined frightful object, especially one supposed to haunt the darkness; a bugbear

  7. Etymology: [Of uncertain etymol.]


  1. Poker

    Poker is a family of card games involving betting and individualistic play whereby the winner is determined by the ranks and combinations of their cards, some of which remain hidden until the end of the game. Poker games vary in the number of cards dealt, the number of shared or "community" cards and the number of cards that remain hidden. The betting procedures vary among different poker games in such ways as betting limits and splitting the pot between a high hand and a low hand. In most modern poker games, the first round of betting begins with one of the players making some form of a forced bet. In standard poker, each player is betting that the hand he or she has will be the highest ranked. The action then proceeds clockwise around the table and each player in turn must either match the maximum previous bet or fold, losing the amount bet so far and all further interest in the hand. A player who matches a bet may also "raise," or increase the bet. The betting round ends when all players have either matched the last bet or folded. If all but one player fold on any round, then the remaining player collects the pot and may choose to show or conceal their hand. If more than one player remains in contention after the final betting round, the hands are revealed and the player with the winning hand takes the pot. With the exception of initial forced bets, money is only placed into the pot voluntarily by a player who, at least in theory, rationally believes the bet has positive expected value. Thus, while the outcome of any particular hand significantly involves chance, the long-run expectations of the players are determined by their actions chosen on the basis of probability, psychology and game theory.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Poker

    pō′kėr, n. a bugbear.—adj. Pō′kerish, causing terror: uncanny.—Old Poker, the devil.

  2. Poker

    pō′kėr, n. a round game at cards, first played in America about 1835. [Ety. uncertain.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of poker in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of poker in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of poker in a Sentence

  1. Susie Orenstein:

    Henry Orenstein went from toys, racing cars, poker, Henry Orenstein was just interested in so many things, henry Orenstein made such an impression about everyone, such an interesting person. Henry Orenstein'll definitely be missed.

  2. Sam Ganzfried:

    The result is a significant achievement in computer poker and in artificial intelligence.

  3. Allied Progress:

    This isn't a bargaining chip for a game of congressional legislative poker.

  4. Wolfgang Schaeuble:

    If the Greeks were serious Schaeuble would have no problem with them, but their behavior over the past months has convinced him that they are not an asset to Europe, that they are damaging the very values on which the European idea is based, that they just want to poker and bluff. And this is the ultimate sin for him.

  5. Michael Bowling:

    A lot of what can be attributed to psychology of the game actually falls out of the mathematics, they want to win at poker by preventing the opponent from gaining any advantage.

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