Poker sayings that have stood the test of time

Playing poker online has become one of the world’s most popular hobbies with millions of players logging into different poker sites every day. The great thing about playing online poker is that you’re not just playing a piece of software. Even though you can’t see them, you’ll be putting yourself up against human opponents, who may be just across town or on the other side of the world.

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Of course, poker has been played for centuries and has always been a popular game, even though it’s become massively more so since going online. There’s a lot of terminology around poker which might seem strange when you first encounter it, but behind every poker phrase there’s a reason. Here are just a few examples:

Chip and a chair

When you’re still in with a chance of winning a tournament, even though you only have one chip left, people use the phrase ‘chip and chair’. At the 1982 World Series of Poker main event, Jack Strauss had raised the game by pushing all his chips in the pot and then lost the hand. Just as he was pushing back his chair to leave the table, he discovered one remaining chip under his napkin and as he hadn’t yet declared himself ‘all-in’ was able to continue playing. Of course, Strauss then went on to win the tournament!

The dead man’s hand

Wild Bill Hickok was a gunfighter and scout in America’s Wild West back in the late 1800s. He was a regular at the poker table in Nuttal and Mann’s Saloon No. 10 in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, and always chose to sit in a chair with his back to the wall, so that he could concentrate on the game without being left open to a surprise attack from either of the saloon entrances. However, when he joined a game on 2 August 1876, his favourite seat was already taken so he had to take a seat from where only one of the entrances was visible. Jack McCall, his assassin, came in through the other door and shot Hickok in the back of his head. Ever since, the hand that Hickok was holding when he died – a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights – has been known as the dead man’s hand.

Did a game of poker lead to the first sandwich?

Although it’s not a poker phrase per se, the invention of the sandwich may have been because of a poker game. Though there’s no evidence that it’s the first time a sandwich was ever eaten, some say it got its name because John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, was reluctant to leave the card table and so got his manservant to bring him a slice of meat in between two slices of bread, leaving him free to continue playing while eating with one hand. Other players caught onto the idea, asking for the ‘same as Sandwich’ – hence the humble snack got its name!

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