Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Poker and Variations of
Over the last 200 years, Poker has established itself as one of the most popular leisure activities throughout much of the world, particularly in North America, Western Europe, and parts of Asia. For most people, the “friendly” Poker game is seen as nothing more than an excuse to get together with friends on a Friday or Saturday night. It would be a mistake, however, to assume that Poker is nothing more than a simple game of chance. Poker, as numerous observers have been quick to note, is also a wildly successful spectator sport, a loathsome vice associated with moral decay and criminality, a prominent feature of American pop culture, and a rich source of linguistic innovation. The origins of Poker are, admittedly, quite difficult to trace. Some historians claim that a crude version of Poker was being played in Asia as early as the 10th century ce., while others point ...