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A card game played by two or more people who bet on the value of the hands dealt to them. A player wins the pool either by having the highest combination at the showdown or by forcing all opponents to concede without a showing of the hand, sometimes by means of bluff. Recorded from the mid 19th century, the word is of US origin, and may be related to German pochen ‘to brag’.

poker-face an impassive expression that hides one's true feelings, as typical of a poker player.

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